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With public interest in Nostalgia Pro Stock racing on the rise, the owner of this original 1970 Plymouth Duster Pro Stocker may have felt this was as good of a time as any to sell, because that’s exactly what they’ve done.

This Chrysler factory Hemi-powered race car was purchased by its current owner back in 1982 and has been stored and meticulously up-kept in its original condition in California for the last 29 years. It is said to have been campaigned as a factory Pro Stock entry through the 1976 season and to this day, is still in the original condition and appearance that it was in when it was retired from active racing duty around 1980. Although a ’70 model Duster, it was updated in exterior appearance each season, thus its 1976 model year look as any Mopar aficionado can clearly discern.

As the story goes, when the team split up at the conclusion of the 1980 season, one of the partners in the team retained the chassis, while the other had dibs on the engine and transmission, so unfortunately the car is minus its original drivetrain. The rest of the car, however, is untouched from how it left the track three decades ago, with items such as the fiberglass hood, doors and other body panels, wheels and tires, gauges, suspension, rear end housing, gears and axles, and many other parts and pieces all right where they were when the car was sold.

This car is said to have originally been campaigned in Pro Stock in the NHRA’s Division 7, but despite and efforts of the owner and several message board go’ers to track down some additional facts about the car and it’s original owner/driver, no positive identification has been made. Nonetheless, we’re certainly looking at a piece of drag racing history, and unlike many of the barn finds and long-since rusted buckets that collectors and restorers have to deal with, this car doesn’t need much more than running gear to get it back on the track.


1970 Plymouth Duster Drag Car

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  • Arlen Vanke won all five NHRA Division 3 points meets in 1970
  • In 1970 Arlen earned Pro Stock Driver of the Year and Division 3 Man of the Year
  • Restored in 2010 by Hodge Restorations of Inman, South Carolina to as-raced specs with input from Arlen Vance
  • 426 CI Hemi engine
  • Dual Holley 4500 carburetors
  • Weiand tunnel ram intake
  • A833 4-speed transmission
  • 5.12 Dana 60 Sure Grip rear end
  • Cast iron heads, steel crank
  • Fiberglass front fenders, trunk and hood
  • Bolt-in roll bar
  • Lemon Twist Yellow paint with Pearl clear by Greg of Akron
  • Firestone Drag 500 tires
  • Autographed by Akron Arlen Vance
  • Featured in Street Thunder, Muscle Car Review, Mopar Collector's Guide and Auto Enthusiast magazines
  • Arlen Vanke won all five NHRA Division 3 points meets in 1970
  • In 1970 Arlen earned Pro Stock Driver of the Year and Division 3 Man of the Year
  • Restored in 2010 by Hodge Restorations of Inman, South Carolina to as-raced specs with input from Arlen Vance
  • 426 CI Hemi engine
  • Dual Holley 4500 carburetors
  • Weiand tunnel ram intake
  • A833 4-speed transmission
  • 5.12 Dana 60 Sure Grip rear end
  • Cast iron heads, steel crank
  • Fiberglass front fenders, trunk and hood
  • Bolt-in roll bar
  • Lemon Twist Yellow paint with Pearl clear by Greg of Akron
  • Firestone Drag 500 tires
  • Autographed by Akron Arlen Vance
  • Featured in Street Thunder, Muscle Car Review, Mopar Collector's Guide and Auto Enthusiast magazines

The story of Pro Stock in its first year, 1970, is well-documented. One of the hottest drivers that inaugural year was ‘Akron Arlen’ Vanke, a factory-associated racer who was piloting one of Plymouth’s newest models, the Duster. Unlike the 340 street model, however, Vanke’s version had a big 426 Hemi under the hood and a winning driver behind the wheel. His well-respected prowess on the 4-speed garnered him a number of wins and final-round showings that year, including a string of five-of-five crowns in tough NHRA Division 3 Pro Stock competition. Arlen continued to run the car in 1971, winning the AHRA Winternationals with it. The beautiful Duster seen here was completed with Arlen’s close association by restorer Le Hodge and collector Andy Helfer to showcase the 1970/71 technology that launched the Pro Stock class. Arlen assisted with this project by contributing any of the associated pieces he still owned and contacted numerous other Chrysler racers for other correct original parts. Arlen himself then built a fresh Hemi engine for the car using circa-1970 parts, picking a combination he favored just prior to the advent of the dual-plug distributors. This included real Mullen-modified heads, a correct short-runner Weiand intake, and 4500-type Holley Dominators. An authentic 1970 Crane R290 roller cam is in the block and the car is race-prepped. Behind this is a factory 4-speed and Moser-built Dana-type differential. Meanwhile, Hodge reconstructed the vintage chassis changes and super-detailed the project, even relettering the tires to match original sponsor Firestone. The final touch was commissioning a local shop to recreate the Greg of Akron mural-style paint on the flawless body panels. This car debuted with Arlen on hand at Mopars in the Park in 2010, was featured in Amos Auto Enthusiast magazine, and has since been turning heads when displayed in public due to its careful rendering of the original. Take advantage of this unique chance to own a Hemi Duster drag car associated with one of the great names in Mopar history—Akron Arlen Vanke.

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Plymouth Duster

This article is about the Duster built from 1969 to 1976. For other uses, see Plymouth Duster (disambiguation).

Motor vehicle

The original Plymouth Duster is a semi-fastback two-door coupe version of the compact-sizedPlymouth Valiant automobile that was marketed by Plymouth in the U.S. from 1970 to 1976 model years.[4]


The Duster coupe provided the compact-sized Plymouth Valiant with a sporty body style to attract customers.[5] The car was a $15 million effort to update the Valiant for the 1970 model year.[6] The Valiant badge appeared only on the first model year Dusters, and continued to be used on all the companion 4-door sedan and 2-door Valiant Scamp hardtop models. The Duster was built on the Valiant platform and shared the same front end sheet metal, but featured a different design from the cowl back.

The Duster was also positioned to compete with Ford's slightly smaller semi-fastback Maverick compact car and the AMC Hornet that were both also introduced in 1970, and the slightly larger semi-fastback Chevrolet Nova whose design was introduced in 1968.[2] While the Maverick, Hornet, and Nova were offered in a 4-door sedan body style, the Duster nameplate was used only for the 2-door coupe. The Duster was also marketed as an alternative to the original Volkswagen Beetle, as well as the new class of domestic subcompact cars such as the Chevrolet Vega.[6][7][8]

Numerous trim and option package variants of the Duster were offered with names that included Feather Duster, Gold Duster, Silver Duster, Space Duster, Duster Twister, Duster 340, and Duster 360. These marketing variations of the basic Duster design targeted customers seeking economy, cargo capacity, and/or performance.

The Duster's "twister" logo and font logo was created by Chrysler's Thomas Bertsch (1952–1987). Bertsch was the director of the interior styling and design studio for much of his career. Many corresponding graphics were used for different trim packages over the years.

Model years[edit]


The Plymouth Duster introduced in late-1969 for the 1970 model year was all Valiant from the cowl forward, but the rest of the car's sheet metal, save door skins, was completely different. The design incorporated a semi-fastback roof and a special rear valance having no bezels. The door glass was operated by a new regulator mechanism, required to fit the much more radical tumblehome (reduced side glass radius), and the windshield was more steeply raked. For 1970 only, a small Valiant badge went on the front fenders just above the Duster badge.

The 1970 Duster was available in two models – the standard Duster and a performance-oriented Duster 340. Engine options were 198 cu in (3.2 L) and 225 cu in (3.7 L) versions of Chrysler's Slant Six, as well as the 318 cu in (5.2 L) and 340 cu in (5.6 L) LA-seriesV8s.

At midyear, a Gold Duster trim package was added. The Gold Duster package came with gold badging, gold stripes on the sides and rear, wall-to-wall carpeting, pleated, all-vinyl seats, whitewalls, wheel covers, a deluxe insulation package, and a canopy vinyl roof. The Gold Duster was offered through 1975 of which 24,817 were equipped with the 340 engine.[9]


The Duster was a success for Plymouth, so much so that in 1971 Dodge requested and received their own version, the Demon. In response, Plymouth was given a version of the Dodge Dart Swinger 2-door hardtop named the Plymouth Valiant Scamp.

For 1971, only small changes were made to the Duster. The "Valiant" fender badges and "Plymouth" grille logotype were deleted. A new trim package was released, called the Duster Twister. The Twister package presented the appearance of the Duster 340, but came only with the base I6 or 318 V8. The Twister's appearance package included special side stripes that mimicked the Duster 340 Wedge stripes, a matte-black hood, and the 340's special shark-tooth grille. A nonfunctional dual hood scoop and rear spoiler appearance package were available, as were high-back bucket seats and dual exhaust.

A new electronic "breakerless" ignition became optional on the 340 V8 late in 1971 model year. In 1971, 186,478 Plymouth Dusters were built, with 12,886 being the higher horsepower 340 cubic inch models.[10]


The Duster was not changed significantly for 1972. New surface-mount sidemarker lights replaced the previous flush-mount items, the taillamps became larger, one-piece units. The power rating of the 340 V8 was reduced from 275 bhp (205 kW) to 245 bhp (183 kW) due in part to a reduction in compression ratio from 10.2:1 to 8.5:1, as well as changing the intake valves from 2.02 in (51 mm) to 1.88 in (48 mm).[11] All horsepower rating numbers, even on unchanged engines, decreased for 1972 due to a new rating protocol. Chrysler's electronic ignition became standard on the 340 models in 1972. Also, there was a 1-year only air cleaner that had a vacuum-operated door at the bottom to allow for additional airflow when the throttle is depressed.


Following the design changes on the Valiant models, the Duster also received a new hood, grille, front fenders, bumpers, and taillights for 1973. The taillights on previous years mounted from the inside and had a flush appearance. Starting in 1973, the taillights were mounted from the outside and were trimmed in chrome. These remained unchanged through 1976. The Dodge version, the Demon, was rebranded "Dart Sport" in response to church groups opposition to the word, "Demon."

Other changes were in store for the Plymouth Duster. Simpler single-piston slider-type disc brake calipers were introduced for 1973 (standard on 318-powered cars and with power-assist on 340 models), replacing the Kelsey Hayes four-piston calipers. Disc brake-equipped Dusters now had the more-common 5-lugs on 4.5-inch wheel bolt pattern. All 340 and some 318 engine-equipped cars received the simplified 8.25-inch rear axle assembly (with wheel bearings riding directly on the axle shaft and endplay being taken by C-clips); these axles also featured the 5 on a 4.5-inch wheel bolt pattern. (This axle assembly replaced the 8.75-inch "drop-out" arrangement seen on some 1966-1972 A-bodies). The 225-powered cars retained the 5-lugs on a 4-inch pattern on vehicles with the standard drum brakes. A three-speed Torque Flight automatic along with a manual transmission was offered with the 225 slant six. All models received larger front wheel bearings and increased spindle diameter. Electronic ignition became standard across the board.

Also, a Space Duster package was offered. This allowed the back bench seat to be folded down, allowing more space to carry cargo. There is also a security flap to hide cargo from outside view.

A new, metal sunroof was optional for 1973. The rear window defroster/defogger was upgraded to an electric-grid style for 1973, which replaced the previous recessed package shelf air blower.


1974 Plymouth Gold Duster

For 1974, Plymouth replaced the 340 with a 360 cu in (5.9 L) version of the corporate LA-series V8, de-tuned to meet new emissions regulations. The new for 1974 "E58" 360 engine produced 245 bhp (183 kW) by utilizing the camshaft, heads, intake manifold, carburetor, and dual-exhaust set up from the past 340 engine. New retractable front seat belts were added. In the midst of the first oil crisis, 1974 would be the Duster's best sales year, with a total of 281,378 Duster-bodied cars produced, the majority of which being the six-cylinder and 318 V8 models.[12] In 1974 there was a separate model called the Duster 360. Standard equipment included the 360 engine, dual exhaust, power disc brakes, full side tape stripe, rear tape stripe, heavier suspension, shocks, added sway bar, and 8 1/4" rear end. Plymouth built 3,969 of these models and most came with automatic transmissions, and very few having manual transmissions. Duster 360 options included Goodyear raised white letter tires on rallye wheels. Air conditioning, fold back sunroof, and flip-down rear seat were also available. [13]


The 1975 models were mostly unchanged from the previous two years, with some exceptions: a new grille with a return of the Plymouth 3-pointed-'spear' affixed to the grille's center; catalytic converters were added to 225 Slant Six and 318 V8 models (the 360 was not equipped with a converter and its power was now 235 bhp (175 kW), due to the addition of a secondary air injection system, commonly referred to as a "smog pump". Fewer than 2000 of the 1975 model Dusters left the factory equipped with the 360 engine.


The grille-mounted park and turn signal lenses were amber; prior years had colorless lenses with amber bulbs. The interior rearview mirror was mounted directly to the windshield rather than to the previous double-pivot roof bracket, and the parking brake was now foot- rather than hand-operated. Disc brakes became standard equipment on cars built after 1 January 1976.

Several special models were offered:

  • The Feather Duster featured lightweight aluminum parts including the intake manifold, bumper brackets, hood and trunk bracing, and manual transmission housing, for a weight savings of about 187 lb (84.8 kg)—5% lighter than a standard Duster similarly equipped. It came with a 225 Slant Six with its distributor and single-barrel carburetor calibrated for economy, a low-restriction exhaust system, an extra-high rear axle ratio, and was offered with either the Torqueflite 3-speed automatic or A833 overdrive 4-speed manual transmission. It was the most fuel-efficient car in its size class, achieving up to 36 mpg highway and 24 in the city with the manual transmission option (along with Dodge's version, the Dart Lite).[14]
  • The Space Duster had fold-down rear seat and security panel and combined with the luggage compartment, offered over 50 cu ft (1.4 m3). of cargo space. (This feature was actually introduced, optionally, in 1973).
  • The Silver Duster had special stripes and a cloth Boca Raton style interior[vague].

The Duster 360 option was deleted as a separate model as the engine became an option on any trim level Duster, and about 1,300 cars were equipped with it. The 1976 360-powered Duster (and Dart Sport 360) was still without a catalytic converter, and while its power was down to 225 bhp (168 kW), the car could still manage 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds when equipped with the 3.21 rear axle gearing.


In mid-1976 the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare twins replaced the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Duster, which were still based on bodies originally sold in 1967. The fastback coupes featured a solid B-pillar with fixed rear glass. These new models were introduced to compete with the more upscale Ford Granada and Mercury Monarch.[15]


From 1974 to 1975, actress Judy Strangis was a TV pitchwoman for the Plymouth Duster in the role of "Mean Mary Jean," wearing a football jersey and short denim hot-pants.[16][17][18] Strangis also promoted Chrysler Corporation's Plymouth Volare and Plymouth Road Runner models and appeared at Chrysler promotions and auto shows.


  1. ^Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (10 October 2007). "Designing the 1970 Plymouth Duster". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. ^ abNorbye, Jan P.; Dunne, Jim (January 1970). "Detroit's economy cars are basic ... but not cheap". Popular Science. 196 (1): 122–127. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (10 October 2007). "1970 Chrysler Compact Cars". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^Samsen, John. "The Plymouth Duster SportWagon Concept Car". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  5. ^"1970-1994 Plymouth Duster and Dodge Demon cars". Allpar. 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  6. ^ abAuto Editors of Consumer Guide (10 October 2007). "1970-1976 Plymouth Duster". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^"You can save a little money by buying a VW instead of a Duster (advertisement)". Life. 73 (19): 38. 10 November 1972. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  8. ^"How one Duster can beat four Vegas (advertisement)". Popular Mechanics. 138 (6): 51. December 1972. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^Gunnell, John A., ed. (1987). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Krause Publications. p. 565. ISBN .
  10. ^"1970-1976 Plymouth Duster". 10 October 2007.
  11. ^Direct Connection Race Bulletin #8-page 19 PN P4007913, printed July 1980
  12. ^Gunnell, page 574.
  13. ^1974 Plymouth sales brochure.
  14. ^1976 Dodge Dart factory literature form no. 81-205-6002, printed September 1975
  15. ^Knutson, Lanny. "1976 Plymouth Volare and Dodge Aspen - Introduction and Reviews". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  16. ^OsbornTramain (8 March 2014). "1974 Plymouth Duster - Mean Mary Jean --Better Quality Version - Featuring Judy Strangis" – via YouTube.
  17. ^RetroActive (24 October 2010). "Mean Mary Jean Plymouth 1970s Commercial" – via YouTube.
  18. ^Bionic Disco (31 October 2015). "Plymouth Gold Duster Commercial (1974)" – via YouTube.

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Jim Kincaid's Plymouth Duster Drag Racing JEGS ET Series

1975 Duster: A Real Deal 10-Second All-Motor Street Car!

We've all been there. You spot a nice looking car at a cruise night and decide to dive in for a deeper look. As you are looking at the car you strike up a conversation and ask the guy if he has ever raced the car and if he has, what it runs. Then the dreaded response comes back. "It'll run 10s in the quarter!" The safest response in this situation is to nod you head and move along, otherwise it's just going to get weirder. We'll never understand why people take this line of thinking and the good news is that there are some people out there whose word you can trust and the owner of this 1975 Plymouth Duster, George Kavounis, is one of them. When he tells you that the big-block—powered A-Body runs 10s, you can believe him!

The Chrysler A-Body platform was one of the company's most successful, and in some respects, longest lasting. The cars were also very diverse in terms of image and performance. From the high-winding, high-performance small-block cars of the early 1970s to the economy themed models of the later part of the decade, the A-Body entries were certainly an effort to appeal to the different interests and needs of customers at the time. For guys like George Kavounis, they are more than that because they represent a vessel to invest time, effort, and finances into personalizing and modifying.

Back in 1970, George had the Mopar bug bad and with the help of his dad, bought a 1970 Plum Crazy Duster with a 340. Being into horsepower and drag racing, George built the car into a Super Stock/I Automatic runner and had great fun with the car until 1975 when he sold it. "I had been into Mopars all through my childhood," George said. "My dad was a Chrysler guy and while he never had muscle cars, I took to them. I would read every magazine I could find and when the 1968 Hemi Darts and Barracudas came out I was just head-over-heels for them. I bought the Duster and drove it on the street while racing it until I got out of high school and with a friend set the car up to go Super Stock racing. We did that for two years until the index we were racing on got bombed pretty hard by John Lingenfelter and then I sold the car."

Just because he was out of the racecar game didn't mean his love for cars or Mopars had gone away. The first time he laid eyes on the '75 you see here, it brought him right back to the days of excitement and fun he had with his '70, and it had the same tough look to boot. "I met Allen Hall at a cruise night and we just started talking and became friends," George said. "I would see him at the track and I worked with him on the car. I liked the car because I have always been a Mopar guy and Allen's car was really well kept. When Allen's health started to get a bit rocky he moved to Florida and before he left I told him that if he ever wanted to sell, I had to be the first call." Amazingly, after not hearing from Allen for two years, the phone rang. "He told me that this was my call and my shot to buy the car," George said. "I asked for a couple of days to get the money together and he said OK. I bought the car and he delivered it to me."

With an engine built to make loads of torque and lots of usable power, the rest of the drivetrain has to match it to make the car both happy on the street and a stormer on the strip. The transmission is an ATI Performance built 727 equipped with a manual valvebody and fronted by an 8-inch diameter torque converter with a stall speed of 3,500 rpm. The converter makes or breaks this combo on the street, and with a 3,500 stall speed, it is loose enough to keep the engine happy but not crazy for street operation. Rearend gears are 4.57 ratio Mosers and while you are probably thinking that those cannot be street driven for any time, remember that this car wears a rear tire that is 31 inches tall.

When George said he built the car to drive it (obviously not cross-country but on the street) he meant it. "I cannot stand to see the car sit. I love driving it. I will get it out all through the year. For instance, if there is a warm day in the winter and I can take the car around town, to the hardware store or whatever, I'll do it. I will take the car on decent trips to cruise nights and events. I don't like to buzz the motor too badly so if I am on the highway I stick to the right lane and let traffic by me. I really love driving the car." We love this guy!

The stance of this car is pretty great. There are lots of times where cars using a ladder-bar style rear suspension sit higher than normal to clear larger rear tires, but in the case of George's Duster, that's not a problem. Tucking just a touch of front tire and a healthy chunk of the tall and fat rears, it maintains a level appearance until George hammers the gas on the starting line and those big tires bite the track. You can see how well the suspension works in the launch photos where the front of the car is heading up and the rear tires are wrapped up and working hard!

Perhaps the best part of this whole story is the fact that George has spent a load of time working on the car with his sons Nick and Drew. That's the good stuff. This car that brought Allen so much pleasure when he owned it has landed into the hands of a man who loved it as much as the previous owner did, and has even been able to transfer that experience and passion to his kids. Like we said, this car and George Kavounis are the real deal!


1975 Plymouth Duster
George Kavounis; Centreville, Virginia

Type: Chrysler RB-series big-block wedge V8
Bore x stroke: 4.35 (bore) x 3.75 (stroke), 446ci
Block: 1976 Chrysler iron factory
Rotating assembly: stock factory forged crank, TRW forged pistons, stock connecting rods
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Cylinder heads: Edelbrock Performer cylinder heads ported and polished by Hensley
Camshaft: .590-inch lift, 284/286 degrees duration at 0.050
Valvetrain: 2.14-/1.81-inch valves, Cloyed double-roller timing chain, Crane 1.6-ratio
roller rockers, Crane pushrods, Crane valve springs good to .750-inch lift.
Induction: Edelbrock Victor intake manifold, Quick Fuel 4150 series 1,000cfm carb
Fuel system: trunk-mounted fuel cell, Holley electric fuel pump
Exhaust: CPPA Headers with 3.5-inch exhaust to the rear axle

Ignition: MSD crank trigger, MSD 7AL ignition box, timing locked at 30 degrees
Oiling system: Milodon 7-quart oil pan with Milodon wet-sump oil pump
Cooling: BeCool aluminum radiator with twin Spal electric fans, CSR electric water pump
Fuel: Holley black electric fuel pump

Best e.t.: 10.73 at 124 mph
Weight: 3,750 lbs

Transmission: 1971 vintage RB-spec 727 manual valve body built by ATI Performance, 8-inch
torque converter with 3,500-rpm stall speed
Driveshaft: fabricated by National Drivetrain
Rearend: Dana 60 with Moser spool and 4.57 gears

Front suspension: aftermarket upper and lower control arms, torsions bars, 90/10 drag shocks,
sway bar delete
Rear suspension: ladder bars with AFCO coilover shocks
Steering: rebuilt stock
Brakes: stock disc/drum combo
Chassis: frame connectors and NHRA-legal roll cage installed by owner

Color: 1983 Chrysler Aqua Pearl paint with silver peal bottom strip
Painter: Papo's body shop; Annedale, Virginia
Interior: JAZ bucket seats, dash pad done by Ernie's Upholstery, Manassas, VA,
AutoMeter gauges, Grant steering wheel, custom carpet

Wheels: Bogart 15x4 (front), 15x14 (rear)
Tires: Mickey Thompson 26x7.5x15 (front), Hoosier 31x16.5x15 (rear)



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Up for auction is my 1973 Plymouth Duster Drag car. It is a very clean, very straight car, it is a back half car, with fiberglass front and rear bumpers, one piece fiberglass hood and fiberglass trunk lid, both are pin on, the rest of the car is till all steel, has Lexan door windows, drivers window net, new Racequip 5 point harness(expires 8/18), water temp gauge and oil pressure gauge, line lock button on the steering wheel, full sheet metal floors and wheel tubs, 10 gallon fuel cell and battery are in the trunk, electric water pump and fan, rear tires are Hoosier 31.0x14.0x15 slicks and fronts are Hoosier 26.0x4.5x15, rear tires have 2 passes on them, fronts are 1 year old, wheels are Weld Pro Stars.


360 bored .30 over

8qt oil pan

Stock stroke Eagle crank

Eagle rods (6.123 length)

Aries Pistons

Mopar Purple camshaft (part# P4120231AE)

Harland Sharp roller rockers, 1.5 ratio

Holley 750cfm double pumper

Iron W2 cylinder heads

Edelbrock Victor W2 intake manifold

Runs on VP Racing Fuels C-12

*** Motor is fresh with only 6 passes on it.


904 Torqueflite, built by L.J. Torqueflite

4400 stall Dynamic Convertor

Car has narrowed Dana 60 rear end with 4.11 gears and coil-overs, stock style front suspension, MSD coil, MSD 6AL ignition box, battery disconnect at rear of car, Willwood Brakes at all four corners. Car has been a best of 9.94 @140 with a weight of 2650 pounds full of fuel with driver. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE ASK, I WILL DO MY BEST TO GET THEM ANSEWERED. This is a ready to go to the track and have fun car, very stout, very quick little car with a lot of potential left in it.


***Any and all shipping is the buyers responsibility. Car is being sold as- is, where- is, with no warranties of any kind expressed or implied.

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1970 Plymouth Duster Dragster Has a Touching Family Story, Runs 8s

Meet Gary and Jim Spark, two racers who have been working on and racing the same dragster for decades. Gary, who is 75 now, has been in the sport since 1969 and raced a handful of muscle cars. His son, Jim, got into racing in 1998, when this 1970 Plymouth Duster was purchased.

A 12-second dragster upon purchase, the Duster was repainted and heavily modified. The original 7.2-liter V8 Wedge engine was replaced by a larger, 9.4-liter Mopar crate mill, also of the Wedge variety. With help from a nitrous system and a Dana 4.30 rear end, among other upgrades, Gary and Jim turned the Duster into an eight-second quarter-mile car.

Both of them managed eight-second runs at Byron Dragway, but this achievement is more than just a weekend benchmark. In late 2017, Jim was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, so he's no longer able to race as much as he used to. One of the things on his bucket list was to run the quarter-milein eight seconds, just like his dad, and it finally happened after three years of work and several struggles along the way.

Gary hits the drag strips first and runs a cool 8.79-second sprint at 152.19 mph (244.92 kph). It's really impressive to see a 75-year-old drive a nitrous-fed car so aggressively. Looking for a similar eight-second pass, Jim jumps into the Duster and, amazingly enough, he pulls an identical 8.79-second run, to go with a trap speed of 150.13 mph (241.61 kph).

This is also Jim's best run ever! And the fact that his entire family was there to support him makes this story that much more heart-warming.

Unfortunately, Jim's health took a turn for the worse a few days after this run and he was placed into a hospital for treatment. Here's to hoping that he will fight through did like the champ that he is and get back to the drag stripalongside his dad for even quicker runs.

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Doug Vizer’s 1970 Plymouth Duster is a beautiful old school looking Mopar with few enhancements for better performance at the drag strip. Powered by a beefed up 340 V8 motor it runs the quarter mile for 11-seconds and although it’s not the fastest muscle car in the world I believe the true Mopar fans will appreciate it.

Check out the video brought to you by Doug’s Son Michael Vizer to see this cool 1970 Plymouth Duster making few passes at the Summit Motorsports park in Norwalk Ohio and make sure you hit the Like!

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