Dart Maintenance & Repair Guide for 1970-1976 Models, Demon, Swinger (Motor)

By: Forier, Louis C. (Editor)

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Light shelf wear, light smudging on title page. Binding tight. Includes black & white photographs. 1977 Hard Cover. 140 pp. Trouble Diagnosis Guide 64 pp. The Dodge Dart was an automobile built by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1960 to 1976. The Dart was introduced as a lower-priced, shorter wheelbase, full-size Dodge in 1960 and 1961, became a mid-size car for 1962, and finally was a compact between 1963 and 1976. Dodge also used the Dart name for a Ghia-built show car in the 1950s. The Dart was refreshed for 1970 with front and rear changes designed to bring the car closer to the design themes found in Dodge’s full-size vehicles through grille and contour changes. In the rear, the Dart’s new rectangular tail lights were set into a wedge-shaped rear bumper design continuing the angled trailing edge of the new deck lid and quarter panels. The revised rear styling cut trunk space almost in half compared to the 1969 model. 14-inch wheels became standard equipment, and the 170 in³ Slant-6 was replaced by a larger 198 in³ version for improved base-model performance and greater manufacturing economy (since the 198 shared a block with the 225, while the 170 had used its own block). Changes to the fuel system improved driveability, economy and emission control. Part-throttle downshift was added to the 8-cylinder automatic transmissions. In compliance with FMVSS 108, sidemarker lights and reflectors were installed at all four corners. A number of other changes were made to the Dart line for 1970 in order to avoid internal competition with Dodge's new ponycar, the Challenger. The convertible was discontinued along with the optional 383 and 440 cubic-inch V8 options, leaving the small-block 275-horsepower 340 four-barrel V8 as the top Dart engine. The sole performance model in the Dart line for 1970 was the Swinger 340 two-door hardtop. Beginning in 1971, the Swinger name was applied to the high line two-door hardtop (formerly the Custom) while the base hardtop was called the Swinger Special. The single taillamps of 1970 were given over to the badge-engineered Plymouth Valiant Scamp, while the 1971 Dart received new dual taillamps that would be used through the 1973 model year. Also in 1971 Dodge also gained a version of Plymouth's popular Valiant-based fastback Duster, called the Demon. As was the case with previous Dodge rebadges of Plymouth Valiants (e.g. the 1961-1962 Dodge Lancer), sales of the Demon lagged behind those of the Duster. Arguably, the Demon was the better looking car and had an aggressive look reminiscent of the 1970 Swinger 340. With optional hood scoops and black-out hood treatment, the car advertised that it meant trouble. The 275hp 340cid V8 backed up that statement. The Demon's mismatched 'Dart' front fender wheel lips and 'Duster' rear wheel fender lips illustrate how quickly this new model was created. The Demon's tail lights had been intended for the 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 (they match the 1971 Duster 340 grille), but quickly given to Dodge to differentiate its new car from the similar Plymouth. The Swinger 340, Dart's performance model, was replaced by the Demon 340 for 1971. Chrysler Canada, though, did build a small number of 1971 Swinger 340 hardtops based on the Swinger Special for two dealers in Western Canada. Physical changes to the 1972 Demon 340 came in the form of a different grille shared with the entire Dart line-up, new for 1972 side market lights which were no longer countersunk into the car's flanks, a more mundane dash cluster featuring a large rectangular speedometer and several small round gauges and new metal Demon fender-badges that no longer contained the small devil character from the decals used in 1971. The Demon decal on the rear of the car still did. 1972 also debuted a new optional single hood scoop for the Demon 340 that replaced the dual scoops from 1971 and was coupled with a stylish hood paint/black-out that had been standard on the Demon Sizzler model from the year before. Cars optioned up with the Rallye styled wheels now came with new nut styled center caps

Title: Dart Maintenance & Repair Guide for 1970-1976 Models, Demon, Swinger (Motor)

Author: Forier, Louis C. (Editor)

Categories: Automotive, Transportation, Technology, Reference,

Publisher: Motor: 1977

ISBN Number: 0910992835

ISBN Number 13: 9780910992831

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2197880

Keywords: CAR MAINTENANCE REPAIR MANUAL OLD MODELS 70S 1970S SEVENTIES CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY REFERENCE TRANSPORATION MOTOR,