Sweet '72 540 Hemi Dart Swinger

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Sweet '72 540 Hemi Dart Swinger

Post by scottm » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:35 pm

1972 Dodge Dart Swinger 540 Hemi - Hang On
Dave Kitterman Shows Us How To Go From Here To There Really Quick
http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/feat ... _540_hemi/

It's no secret that many people find the Chrysler A-Body as one of the best platforms to build a hardcore drag racer from. Mopar Racing legends Ronnie Sox and Bob Reed were notorious for their Hemi-powered A-Bodies in the '70s, and all racers warmly received the cars. One look around any local drag strip's paddock area, and it seemed that everyone at the track had an A-Body that spent more time on its back wheels than it did on the front. When Dave Kitterman picked up this '72 Dart, a healthy 383 sat under the hood. It didn't take long before he decided he would take things a step further and shove a massive elephant in there.
A Hensley Racing 540 cubic inch Hemi replaces the 383. Inside the machined block are Ross forged pistons, BME aluminum rods, and a forged steel Callies crankshaft. The Comp Cams camshaft was ground to .785/.760-inch lift and features 292-degrees of duration. Hensley ported the Mopar Performance aluminum heads, and final compression comes out to 15:1. The heads benefit from K-Motion springs, T&D roller rockers, and large stainless Mopar Performance 2.25-inch intake and 1.94-inch exhaust valves. Fuel is delivered into the modified Mopar Performance Cross Ram intake manifold through a pair of Holley 770-cfm carburetors and the exhaust is disposed of through ceramic-coated Hooker headers with 21/2-inch primaries and 4-inch collectors. The iginition system consists of an MSD Pro Power coil, MSD 7AL-2 box, MSD start-retrad control, and an MSD 2-step with a Pro Billet distributor.
Read the full article from Mopar Muscle at the website above. 8)
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