Whether you live in Michigan or Miami, chances are you didn’t get a chance to fly west to the twenty-second annual Spring Fling all-Mopar show and swap this past May. Fear not, here’s a virtual guided tour that’ll show you the many cool goodies offered at the swap meet and showcase some of the cars on display in the show field.
If you like what you see here, know that Chrysler Performance West – the organizers of the Spring Fling event – also put on a similar extravaganza called the Fall Fling in early autumn. To learn more about Fall Fling ’08 or next year’s Spring Fling ’09, log onto www.cpwclub.com or call the CPW hotline at 818/759-1779. Lets walk the show!
Above: Early A-bodies are excellent engine swap candidates but we’ve never seen one like this! It’s a ’66 Dart wagon stuffed full of 3.9 Magnum V6 power. In case you forgot, Dodge released the 3.9 V6 way back in 1987 with an electronic-feedback Holley 2-barrel carb before upgrading to EFI in 1988. Since the 3.9 is basically an LA-series 318 V8 minus the two leading cylinders, this Dart swap was a near bolt-in proposition and features an A500 automatic overdrive for economical highway motoring.
Right: It used to be 15x7 Hemi rims like this sold for as much as two hundred bucks each. Not no more since repops like this one – priced at a refreshingly affordable $65 each - have burst onto the scene. Not to be confused with the 15x6 non-styled steel wheels fitted to many Street Hemis in the Sixties, 15x7 wheels like the one shown were used on 1970-up Hemi (and Six Pack) B and E-bodies. The key visual identifier is the smaller center spider (from 14-inch wheels) and thicker hoop with an extra step to meet the smaller spider. Painted body color and topped by dog dish hub caps, these things lend a ton of mean factor to any Mopar. On a junkyard adventure a few years back we scored a set of these off a 1972 Dodge B-series van, upon which they were factory optional.