ORLAND PARK – Each week The Doings puts up a piece about car trends in the area courtesy of ToDrive, now we are also featuring the cars being driven! This week Jim DiBiase, of Orland Park, shared his story of his 1967 Dodge Dart. Here's what DiBiase had to say about the car.
"This is the story of my '67 Dodge Dart GT.
When I returned home from the Air Force in '66 I went to Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge and purchased my first new car, a '67 Dodge Dart GTS.
In '97 I found my current Dart, it was a pizza delivery car from California in need of a total restoration. I wanted to make a tribute car to resemble the one I had in '67, I removed the tired old slant 6 motor and replaced it with a 440 cubic inch high performance engine I had rebuilt with a lot of modifications. The front end has disc brakes from a '75 Dart and the trans is a 727 auto with a shift kit. I replaced the interior with black velour and the Dart was finished off with an Intense Blue Pearl paint job.
When I was at a car show back in '05 Mr. Norm signed my car "One of a kind, Mr. Norm".
I am a member of the Showcase Motor Club and go to at least 1 car show every week during the summer months and have racked up about 100 trophies. Back in March I was invited to be in the Meguiar's display at the World of Wheels Car Show."
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