In order to showcase how these crate engines can be used for unique aftermarket builds, Mopar recruited some builders and enthusiasts to use the engines for their own SEMA builds. Among them was Speedhunters’ Mike Garrett, who dropped a 5.7-liter crate engine under the hood of his unique 1975 ‘Project Yankee’ Dodge Dart.
Garrett’s Dart, which pulls inspiration from Japanese tuner and drift cars, might be one of our favorite builds from this year’s SEMA show. Not only does it bring two very different sects of automotive subculture together, it does so without being over the top or in your face as so many SEMA builds tend to be.
Project Yankee is a sort-of pro touring build, featuring Hotchkis suspension, Baer brakes, a full roll cage, Volk TE37V wheels shod in Toyo rubber and that near-400 horsepower V8 engine, of course. Pro touring cars are dime a dozen, but Garrett’s is truly unique with its outboard oil cooler, front splitter, rally lights and fender mounted mirrors. It’s like a Dart and a 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R had a lovechild, and we love it.
Garrett documented the build process of Project Yankee in a series of posts on Speedhunters, which can be viewed at this link.