74 Duster - My first project.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:31 pm

I hope the new torsion bars settle a little. It has SS springs and stock shackles. I want to end up a little lower (at least an inch) both front and rear. The first pic is a little low (Pre alignment). I may leave it higher till I get some good headers though, the drivers side one is super low hanging and is already beat up some. I intend to accelerate the rear tire wear so I can get some slightly bigger rear tires too. Currently 245/60-15 and I want 275/60-15. With the bigger rear tires on, I'll match the gap between the top of tire and top of wheel well.

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Post by 89on35s on Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:05 am

Well I made it to my home town for my Dad's memorial. He passed away a couple weeks ago. I never did get to take him for a cruise in the Duster. He went with me on my crazy road trip to Texas to pick it up. Him and Mom did get to drive it last summer when I left it there for a week. He actually got it tuned up so I could make it to my first show last August. My Mom's Challenger is pictured with it.



I threw in a spare tire for the first road trip. The spare may as well have some style too!



And here is my family enjoying a cruise down to the ice cream stop.



I'm really looking forward to driving this car finally. The only 2 issues I found on this 300 mile round trip were the trunk lock breaking, causing me to have to rescue my beer and luggage by removing the rear seat, and the leaking windshield my son and I experienced while driving through a torrential down pour about an hour from home. There is also lots of potential in the motor that I need to unlock with some better tuning. Anyone want to come help?

Overall, It ran very well! I hit 160 kph while passing a minivan and it felt super stable and in control. That suspension work paid off I guess. Those 3.23 gears are sure nice on the highway.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Keith Mopar on Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:25 am

Nice trip, nothing like building a cool hotrod and actually driving it.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:20 pm

Cley have fun driving it this summer great job on it. No better feeling for sure Keith.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Grumpy427 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:33 pm

Sorry to hear about your dad. And yes its a great feeling to drive something you have built.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:54 am

Thanks guys! I just cant wait to drive it more. I need to get the windshield sealed up and replace the trunk lock after this last trip. I stuffed a bunch of that butyl rope caulking around the windshield but obviously I need to do more. Has anyone ran into this issue? Where did you find leaks at? I will try some type of liquid sealant in a caulking gun tube but not sure what to use. I just need to be sure the chrome trim will still clip in when I'm done.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
01 PT Cruiser (I hate that car)
03 Ram 4x4 Hemi
10 Ram 4x4 Cummins Quad Cab (The family car)
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