Classic Industries Celebrates Customer’s Heirloom Slant-6 ’69 Dart


Although not what anyone would call a “survivor,” Stephen Ruiz’s 1969 Dodge Dart GT has a very unique bit of history on its own. In an article published to Classic Industries’ own website, the Dart was purchased originally by his grandparents, Stephen inherited the Dart in 1985 when his grandfather passed away. The car was immaculate back then too – despite the Dart’s “leaning tower of power” Slant-6, having never been rebuilt.

In fact, that’s the “special something” we’re talking about. Even being driven today, the ’69 Dart GT brandishes an impressive 428,139 miles on the odometer (at the time of Classic Industries’ photoshoot) – all without a single rebuild. Classic writes, “Stephen tells us it hasn’t even been opened up at all. This 6-cylinder has simply been maintained consistently and well-cared-for.”

The same cannot be said for the rest of the car. Since 1985, the Dart has been stripped down, straightened and repainted back to its original F8-code shade of dark green, as well as fitted with new chrome bumpers, trim, grille, and lighting. Stephen threw in a set of period-correct chrome Cragar wheels. Inside the Dart received some attention too, including reupholstering the original-style bucket seats that came with the GT package to black.

According to Classic Industries, “Stephen still daily-drives his grandparents’ car, and stops by our Retail Showroom when he needs maintenance parts to keep it running smoothly. [He] also owns several other classic cars, including a Buick Grand National and another 1969 Dart which was built into a pro-street monster with a staggering 1,600 horsepower. We’ve already admired his Buick, and hope to see the race car next time he’s on the way to the track.”

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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  1. STEVEN YOUNG 26 October, 2018 at 21:48 Reply

    That six definitely had to be opened up to add hardened valve seats or the unleaded gas woulda beat the valve seats to death, just like it did with my six.
    People aren’t stupid, you shouldn’t lie to them.

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