68 Hemi Dart quarter panels...

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    MAPS Well-Known Member

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    Hey...lo Moparites.

    I'm curious to know why are the rear quarter panels on the Hemi Dart different on a few cars ?
    Where these all from the factory as they tend to show now-a-days. Slicks fitting in the rear add if they were made to accommodate 11-12 inch wide slicks and rubbing etc.
    Were they"cut" by Hurst or did the factory send them out like that ? Better yet, if from the Mr. Dodge's Homebase of factory line production where the 68 Darts (340 383,/6 etc) fitted with the same quarters ?

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    I think that they were modified by Hurst
     
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    5E080EA6-9A9A-4A2E-A411-E16194D53127.png I believe there was three different cutouts used on these cars. The first pattern was the smallest. The front area went straight down like in this picture.View attachment 1715558854
     
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      The third pattern was cut at an angle like this....
      The second pattern was in the middle of these two. 333DB793-DE92-4EA0-A6D7-E230CC36B455.jpeg
       
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        Much appreciated...
        Do you know if this was true in any way for the 68 Barracuda? (Hemi)

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        Unless info for these two pics found on the webb are wrong.
        Not sure of your description of wheel well here. Can be the angle fooling the eye. Lower body side curving under car.
        This pic here is same car (Bagshaw´s) different angle. To me front lower part of wheel well looks to be intakt... unless of cause two very different cuts were made on same car. But I dont thing we shall exaggregate the fact some differances occured.
        The Barracudas did not have any modes done to them from Chrysler or Hurst.
        One has to very carefule when judging pics. A picture from 1968-69 usually shows a car not having any modes done to it. NHRA did not allow any. 1970 though, same car may run Pro Stock, and same wheel well may look different.
        Now the race is on and you can see all kind of modes start to show up on cars.
        A good sighn is if car is running SS B Class. That means either 1968 or 1969 and as said no mods where allowed.
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        When I was building my Dart 8+ years ago I was going nuts trying to figure out the wheel wells in these cars. I found an old racer from back in the day that new a lot about these cars and we talked. He said there were three main runs of the Darts and do to time and parts availability these were all unique in there own way. Shortly after the first run of Darts they found that with even the modifications done to the opening getting a slick in the was still tight. The bottom wheel opening ( let’s say 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock) where not modified, only the top sections were. On the second run of cars they moved the forward lip half way between the stock and where the inner tub started. The third mod they moved the opening all the was to the inner tub. This is what he told me and all the research at the time it made perfect sense.
        Here is some photos on how I cut my own wheel well openings. C5B98B32-1E17-4AF5-A12D-B8C0FACE9DBE.jpeg EF3E520C-7F46-42C1-A043-635F07E82023.jpeg 16FC2647-147A-4D71-8F4E-83805ED7D2B0.png 0B84905F-2FA3-4083-99BE-0F5EF6F71632.png 65A0B228-28B1-4375-9B84-C0519C2F38C7.jpeg
         
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          Thank you. This I like. Facts and original pics...
           
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          they were hacked at hurst who did the conversions.. sure no two were exactly the same.
           
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