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I have a 1974 Duster I am slowly building for street/race.

It is a straight body with almost no rust and the interior already stripped pretty bare. Pretty much perfect to build up.




Now that last few weeks I heard from two different MOPAR guys, one with a Duster, and one with another Mopar, tell me that they have been looking for Dusters and not able to find any.


The race track always has your 5.0 Mustangs and typical Chevy F-Bodies.

Not too many Duster/Dart's any more.



I should probably hold onto this car??? As good lite-weight Muscle Cars are hard to find these days!
 

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There was a real nice Duster at the Ottos' BBQ car show tonight in Stafford. It was black with white stripes, 340 powered, with the "Twister" package. Nice car! :tup:

I see Dusters for sale around here every now and then. They aren't too common, but not exceptionally rare just yet.

I think the Dodge Demons are less common actually.
 

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The dusters value is coming up a lot though.... I think you should build it into a street/strip monster... brace the frame, and all that stuff... and get a 340 (maybe 416 stroker) and drop that into the engine. I know of one guy running 10s with a 416 stroker in his duster.
 

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That's cool. I wasn't thinking "rare" as in Mustang Shelby's LOL! But rare as in getting harder to find. Which I guess depends on the area.

15 yrs ago they were sitting in everyones back yard. My friend, who I got THIS one from, had up to FOUR at a time in his parents yard (when he lived there).

Up to TWO would be running at a time. The first one he bought nearly 20 years ago, he still has today. And now that is the ONLY one he has today. He's got a nice 360 block modified and balanced with Hypernetic pistons, 2.02 Stainless valves in the heads, etc. Supposed to run 8K RPM's without breaking a sweat. Built for 425~450 on motor and 400 NO2
All the parts are there, BUT... I've watched them SIT for the last 6 or more years since he's done anything with it. Still driving the worn 318 in the Duster!



Now for MY Duster...
I actually didn't go the 318/340/360/383/400/440 normal route.

And some people think I am crazy, but I am building a 287 for it (known as the 4.7 in our Dakota/Ram trucks) and a T04 Borge Warner Turbo.
Should get me over 400HP conservatively and 20MPG (when crusiing).
WOW. I could actually DRIVE the car around!!!




There it is as I was towing it home from Payson to the West side of Phoenix where I live. It sat under a Pine Tree for almost 10 years there!!!
The body is straight. It supposed to have the 8.75 corporate rear. No other drive train. Already stripped :)

I bought a lot of parts at first, used slightly damaged 4.7 to rebuild, manual tranny, computer, wiring harness.... all of the hard stuff really.

I needed some rods and was wanting 8.5:1 pistons. Way too expensive for me right now. Plus now ppl said to keep the 9.0:1 if I want to drive on street and wont go much over 400HP. So I'lll use the USED set of rods and pistons that I bought.

I've been working on my ATV lately but maybe soon I'll get the nerve to do more on this car. I'd like to race it by next year... but who knows.
 

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I haven't seen any on the road in quite a while - only at car shows.

They are a wonderful car - I had 2 Duster 340's - 1970 & 1971.
 

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Theres a kid in my town thats got an olive drab 72 that is in pretty good condition... He's leaving to wyotech this week, so I won't see his duster around for awhile.
 

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I think the 70-71's would be the more desirable years for the value. I'd say build it the way you want to.

That pics looks familiar, you on forabodiesonly.com as well?
 

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I think the 70-71's would be the more desirable years for the value. I'd say build it the way you want to.

That pics looks familiar, you on forabodiesonly.com as well?


Are you asking ME or the POWER WAGON guy?




As for my Duster, I haven't been to that site. Just some Dodge/Dakota sites. Since I'm using a Dakota engine and I have a Dakota 4.7



As for building it.

I will be doing everything myself. There are metal scrap yards near me and I have a welder and grinders.

So, home made motor mounts, roll cage, custom dash with electronic gauges.
You name it. Whatever I can muster up. And when out and about, it wont be full of products anybody can buy and install. Most of it will be built by me and therefore unique. It will just take longer making some of it work.


Here soon I'll be getting the bro in law to help me lower the engine and 5 speed into the car to mock up the motor mounts.
 

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GraphiteDak said:
Are you asking ME or the POWER WAGON guy?
You.

Should be fun and unique!
 

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six pack said:
You.

Should be fun and unique!

LOL! Just making sure.


It will be fun. Once I ever get the project going again :p
 

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I love when someone builds up an A-body. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside..LOL!

Seriously though..I think A-bodies are great cars.
 

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I have a 71 Duster that I drag race. Here in the south there are still a lot of a bodies to be had. I run a 360 "A" engine with j heads, MP M-1 intake,MP/MSD 6-AL ignition with 727 reverse pattern valve body and 4:88 gears. The car runs 7.30 in the 1/8th mile with 100hp of nos. We here at Moparsupercenter.com are getting ready to rebuild the engine and are planning to 7's on hp and 6's on the juice.
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You guys don't run it in the 1/4 mile? But I bet them 4.88's run out by then! Better be running 8+ K RPM's!

Mine will be a 5 speed manual on a 287 CI (4.7)

Wait until people open the hood on my A-Body and see an OHC V8 in there!
 

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You guys don't run it in the 1/4 mile? But I bet them 4.88's run out by then! Better be running 8+ K RPM's!

Mine will be a 5 speed manual on a 287 CI (4.7)

Wait until people open the hood on my A-Body and see an OHC V8 in there!
Your project will be sweet when it is done. Most of the dragstrips here are 1/8 mile. There is only one 1/4 mile track in the state. We are toying with the notion of running a 6.1L bottom end with 5.7L c&c heads and Mopar Performance new 5.7L Fuel Injection package. Those 4.88 gears have me turning 6,000 rpms in high at the traps in the 1/8th.
Jeff
 

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When you say high gear, like 3rd? Or OVERDRIVE? LOL!

I've got 4.56's in my 4X4 Dakota only running 29" tires right now.
Thank God for overdrive! At 80MPH there is a BIG difference bewteen 3rd and OD.
 
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