1978 Dodge Aspen DRAG CAR - 2 door hard top - 360 727 8 3/4 Mopar Dart Duster

Price: US $4,000.00 Item location: Coal City, Indiana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Dodge
  • Model: Other
  • SubModel: Custom
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 51,369
  • VIN: NL29Gxxxxxxxx
  • Color: Burnt Orange
  • Engine size: 360
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Transmission: 727
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Burnt Orange
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1978 Dodge Other Custom

1978 Dodge Aspen

I purchased this car as a “basket case” in the spring and I started putting it together. The previous owner had stripped a lot of the car. I put the components necessary to drag race back in the car. I have some of the spare parts that will go with the car. The motor and transmission were built in 2003 and never fired. I added a few parts to it and got the engine running. I broke in the Cam the proper way with ZDDP and cam lube. The transmission is a full manual reverse pattern 727. The rear end is 8 ¾ and I put in 3.91 gears and an Auburn Pro Posi. The gas tank has been removed and I installed a 12 gallon Summit Fuel Cell.

The car does have some rust spots. There is a rust spot in the passenger side floor pan – I pop riveted sheet metal over it and sealed it. The frame on the car is excellent. The passenger seat has not been installed. The interior is pretty nice for an older car. There is a gap in the front grille.

I have taken the car to a 1/8th mile track a couple of times and have made 14 passes. The best time so far is 8.59 at 82.35 MPH. (I have time slips if you want to see!)The car went very straight and stopped perfectly. This car is nowhere near as fast as it could be, I wouldn’t be afraid if it ran 100 MPH in the 1/8th. After testing I have noticed that the torque converter is stock, as opposed to a 2800 stall like I was told. Also, the shifter is on the column which makes it hard to shift; it needs a slap or ratchet shifter on the floor.

I have around $6500 dollars invested in this car, I have a stack of receipts. This is a good project for someone who wants to get into racing cheap. With a little more money, I think it could get into the sevens. The reason I am selling this car is because I recently purchased a 1968 Dodge Dart project car that I have always wanted.

The car is non-streetable, but could be made street legal because it has working headlights and taillights. Most of the electrical does not work, only the gauge that I installed. The alternator also has issues, it probably needs an upgrade. I have a clear Indiana title in my name.

Go to You Tube to see a video of the car running.


What it has

  • 8 ¾ Housing for F-body

  • 360 Motor w/ J Heads

  • 727 Transmission w/ Reverse Pattern

  • 3.91 489 Case Auburn Pro Posi

  • Mickey Thompson ET Street 15” Cheater Slicks (Rear)

  • 7” Rally Wheels (Rear)

  • New Tires (Front)

  • 5.5” Steel Wheels (Front)

  • Super Stock Seats

  • 750 Holley Double Pumper w/ New Kit

  • 750 Holley Fuel Line

  • Edelbrock Air Gap Intake

  • Edelbrock Breather w/ new element

  • Champion Aluminum Radiator

  • Hooker Competition Headers -1 5/8 tubes

  • Sunpro DRAG’N Tach

New Parts

  • Optima Dry Cell Battery

  • MSD Coil

  • MSD Distributor

  • MSD 6AL Box

  • MSD 6AL Cable

  • MSD Shift Light

  • Front and Rear Brakes (11” Front Disc & 11x2 Rear Drums)

  • Rubber Brake Lines

  • Master Cylinder

  • Front Calipers

  • Rear Wheel Cylinder

  • Drive Shaft Universals

  • Manual Oil Pressure Gauge

  • Drive Shaft Safety Loop

  • Deep Transmission Pan and Filter Adapter

  • Summit Fuel Cell 12 Gallon

  • Misc. Belts and Hoses

$500 Non-refundable deposit with 48 hours. Balance upon pick-up within 7 days unless other arrangements are made. The car is now being stored outside. The car is For Sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction if there are no bids, so bid early!!


Added more pictures - I was having technical difficulty adding them the first day.