This 1963 Dart was built by Steve Magnante in 2008 as a totally streetable tribute to Jack Sharkey’s Chicago-based “Rampage” Dart match racer.
The all-steel California body is California-sourced with just the right amount of real patina and a Mazzolini Racing fiberglass Max Wedge hood scoop. The painted body graphics were hand-applied by Southern California go-to graphics man Bob Thompson. The narrowed 8¾-inch rear axle has 10-inch drum brakes and a clutch-type 3.91 Sure Grip with Super Stock leaf springs and shocks. The rear suspension has been altered forward 12 inches to deliver 48/52 (front/rear) static weight distribution. Up front, a Dodge A100 van straight axle and leaf springs with 11-inch Hemi Charger-sized drum brakes offer excellent stopping power.
The engine is a 512-ci Dodge big block with an all-forged 440 Source stroker kit making about 550 horsepower. The compression ratio is 9.8:1, and it runs great on 92 octane unleaded gas. It has an automatic transmission, 440 Source aluminum heads with stainless valves, and an A&A 440-port-size Max Wedge cross-ram intake manifold with two Edelbrock 600 cfm 4-barrel carburetors.
Inside the simple interior, a full-manual push-button 727 TorqueFlite controls shifts. Other era-correct interior details are an eight-point roll bar, fiberglass buckets, radio- and heater-delete plates and a retro Sun tach. This car is a nostalgic drag racing hero — but for the street.