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Slant 6 Roundup

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On September - 28 - 2009

sl6_redwood_leadAnother Slant Six Gathering leaves the vexing question of what a 1977 Dodge Aspen and a 1962 Dodge Lancer have in common. The answer? A leaning tower of power under the hood. The Slant Six faithful gathered this last Sunday at the Redwood City, California boat launch parking lot to carry on the tradition of durability and performance synonymous with the six-cylinder engine installed in millions of Chrysler products. Although who exactly organizes the gathering of sixes is a bit hazy, longtime Slant Six believers John Moran and Doug Dutra were there there to help. John has been taking care of the behind the scene arrangements for the 25 years or so the gathering has moved around the bay area. This year again welcomed project and daily driven Slant Six cars and trucks alike, and provided the usual low-key parts and advice exchange for all involved. Everyone left smiling at the end of the day after picking up a dash pad or taillight lens, along with invaluable mechanical knowledge passed along to keep the Slant Six fleet motoring down the road.

“My idea is really to help people”, said John.

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Slant 6 Gathering

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On August - 21 - 2009

slant_sixLeaning Tower of Power fans should mark their calendars for the upcoming Slant 6 Gathering on September 27th 2009 in Redwood City, California. This annual social event is the place for an old slant sixer to learn new tricks, a new slant sixer to find new pals, and the stalwart few who are hardy enough to want to race a slant six to find out how. Since we know you’ve been looking for that NOS ’66 Valiant tail light lens for years, the good news is a small from-the-trunk parts exchange is part of the deal. Daily drivers and project cars are especially encouraged to attend. V8-powered A-body Mopars are welcome too. Those inclined to snack are encouraged to bring a pic-a-nic lunch. The event starts at 10AM, with an economical suggested donation of just five bucks.

More information on the Slant 6 Gathering. Use this handy map so you don’t get lost.

Slant Six Power

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On August - 11 - 2009

dutra04.jpg The eight cylinder dynasty has long presided over drag racing. A trip to a drag strip reveals lanes full of V8 race cars. There are exceptions to every rule. With two fewer cylinders and a tilt to one side is the mighty slant six engine. Even with all the talk of hemispherical heads and no replacement for displacement, the slant six came as standard equipment under the hood so many Dodge Darts and Plymouth Valiants that it is the far more legendary powerplant by volume and number of people whose lives it propelled. Doug Dutra is one of those people. His 12-second 1962 Dodge Lancer is proof of the leaning tower of power. Read the rest of this entry »

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