1965 Dodge Dart Undergoes Unusual Transformation From Pristine to Exquisite Car

Published June 5, 2016

It happens on rare occasions, but apparently it actually does happen. Owners of classic muscle cars sometimes just aren’t satisfied with their pristine condition beauties and they resort to somewhat unusual transformations. I’m saying transformation because restoration is simply the wrong term here. This 1965 Dodge Dart owned by Willie Maise underwent one such transformation.

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Will Posey of Big Oak Garage in Hokes Bluff, Alabama was surprised by Maise’s decision to transform already great-looking car, but he couldn’t have refused him either. Will needed to take a few good looks at the Dart because he never actually worked on one. He didn’t need much in order to figure out on ways how to improve it, though. He thought that the stock 1965 Dodge Dart was way too narrow for his taste, and even compared it to a top fuel racer. He might have gone too far with that comparison, but there’s nothing excessive in this masterpiece of his.

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1965 Dodge Dart before custom transformation

First thing that pokes the eyes about Big Oak’s rework is the blinding green paint. After you take a closer look at the car, though, you’ll figure out that plenty of it has been remodeled apart from the new paint job. 1965 Dodge Dart now rides on completely customized chassis. See those wide tires? 345/30R19 Michelins at the back have been squeezed in thanks to narrowed Ford 9-inch rear end, while 225/40R18 rubbers at the front are there thanks to expertly reshaped fenders without resorting to bolting them. Ridetech shocks, and Magnum Force swaybars and control arms have also found their way to a place down under, and so have Wilwood 14-inch discs which occupy all four corners. Upper body was revised as well. Just take a look at that streamlined roofline.

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Powertrain is as mean as the car itself. As if 5.7L Hemi V8 wasn’t intimidating enough, it was bored and stroked to 392 ci, plus it’s paired to a Magnuson supercharger. This was even tougher to fit under Dart’s flat hood than tires behind the fenders, but Will Posey managed to complete that feat like a pro as well.

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Dart’s gut is a result of Dart M&M Hot Rod Interiors’ terrific job. Black perforated leather with orange stitching wasn’t really an option back in the sixties, but I have to say it looks great in this 1965 Dodge Dart. Hell, this combination looks great in pretty much any car. Infotainment system, power sliding windows, Flaming River steering wheel, classic gauges, and even a custom key are all new. In fact, the only original parts left from good old red Dart are the door handles. Posey says the car features no less than 110 body modifications and 42 different one-off custom machined pieces.

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Thanks to all this, green Dart was the Great Eight contender at Autorama, it was competing for the Barrett-Jackson cup, and received Good Guys Street Machine Top 5 award. Given the fact it’s such a mean custom-built masterpiece, it probably deserves even more.


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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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