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5.7L HEMI Powered 1963 Dodge Dart GT Hardtop Build

5.7L HEMI Powered 1963 Dodge Dart GT Hardtop Build

Mike Toupin’s (aka Tincup) 5.7 Liter HEMI Swapped 1963 Dodge Dart GT Hardtop RestoMod build photo compilation…


Replacing the original Slant Six is a 2005 5.7L Hemi crate engine, with once-exotic (now regular-production) stuff like two-plug aluminum heads, roller camshaft, and electronic fuel injection, plus a Hotwire harness and ECU. Jeep SRT8 exhaust manifolds combine with Hushpower mufflers in a Hemi-capable dual exhaust system.


A 545RFE overdrive automatic from an ’05 RAM pickup, with a Trans-Go shift kit and a console-mounted Hurst shifter.


Currie built the rear-end with 31-spline axles, Detroit Tru-Trac differential, and 3.50 gears.


(Front) Replacing the well-worn stock hardware is Reilly Motorsports’ AlterKtion system with QA1 coilovers, an 11⁄8-inch sway bar, and a Flaming River steering rack (Rear) Leaf springs were moved inboard, with KYB gas shocks and a 3⁄4-inch Hellwig sway bar.


Wilwood’s four-piston Dynalite calipers and 12-inch rotors at all four corners


Billet Specialties Apex G wheels (17×7 inches in front, 18×10 inches in back) — BFGoodrich Radial T/A KDWs (205/50R17 in front, 285/40R18 in back)


Mike replaced the front floor pans, mini-tubbed the rear wheel wells, and fixed some small rust holes on the original ’63 Dart hardtop unibody—and its bolt-on steel—before he smoothed it and sprayed on the two-stage PPG Sage Green and added the rear spoiler. Bumpers, window trim, and taillight bezels were de-chromed and painted matte black.


The well-worn OEM seats were replaced with ’07 Cadillac CTS-V front buckets flanking a floor-mounted Hurst shifter. AutoMeter Carbon Face gauges fill a custom-designed dash cluster, a Grant steering wheel graces an ididit tilt steering column, and Glynn Upholstery in Seekonk, Massachusetts, installed the new suede headliner and custom carpets.

Builder: Tincup (Mike Toupin)
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