SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 (OCTOBER 2012): ‘73 DODGE DART — A TALENTED YOUNG CAR GUY BUILDS A CRAZY MOPAR

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We met Trevor Briault a few years ago shortly after he introduced his deceptively fast 1973 Dodge Dart to the weekly car show crowd.

 

Trevor likes to build his projects on a budget and also with enough function to haul his young family along with him in the finished vehicle.

 

Trevor has owned a lot of vehicles over a short period of time because he is a young guy with enough ability to tackle some very difficult projects, including this 1973 Dart that got a serious upgrade when Trevor put a Hemi in it.

 

Sharp-eyed Mopar enthusiasts will notice the 1972 Valiant front clip on the car.

 

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The Hemi heart was donated from a 2004 Dodge pickup truck and the transmission came out of a 1991 Dodge cube van. The mating process between engine and tranny required an adaptor and a custom oil pan to seal the deal in the Dart.

 

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Trevor shrugged off the complications and stated that he wanted to “do it before anybody else did it”. It was clear that he liked challenges and this project was indeed a challenge.

 

The car showed some visible evidence that it may not be stock with its mild custom exterior appearance, but not enough to suggest that a monster lurks under the hood of this 70s coupe. Nobody paid much attention to these little Mopar sedans by 1973 because their glory days of unrestricted 340 powered rockets were a few pollution control-free years behind them back in the 60s.

 

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However this Hemi-powered Dart has done a 12 and change quarter at 110 mph, but that was only a start for Trevor. He wanted to drop it down to an eleven-second car that flirts with NHRA requirements for a full roll cage, a feat that would likely not have impressed his bride as much as him.

 

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We are not sure if the ultimate sale of the car was a happy ending for Trevor or his wife after we interviewed him.

 

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But we are sure that Trevor likely would have had to add roll bars to his project if he had kept it, because this was a very fast Dart.

 

Jim Sutherland

 

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