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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.

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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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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.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:13 am

I have over 600 miles on it this year and I am loving it! Every time I drive it I notice some small thing that needs to be addressed, but nothing major. The only thing I need to do quick like is get the windshield sealed up. My good deal windshield guy never used any sealant between the body and the rubber so it leaks like crazy. I did end up driving through crazy rain a couple times, but fortunately it only seems to drip on the passenger side!

Anyone in Saskatoon area want to help me tune it up some time? I'm sure it's still going to benefit from a tune up by someone who knows what they're doing. I'm gonna keep driving it anyway!

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Post by 89on35s on Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:49 am

And now, My 904 took a dump!

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:47 pm

We have all been there, when something goes too well, something usually happens to back us up...it's never wanted but shows up anyway.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:21 am

So I replaced my A-904 with an A-998 from an 88 Dodge truck with a 318. I'm not sure how long it had been sitting, but I don't think it was too long. I was in a hurry, so I slapped it is without even changing the filter. Once I got the fluid level right, it seemed good other than a clunk on the 1/2 shift when accelerating normally. It didn't clunk when accelerating very slowly or when I mashed the pedal and really got after it. All I have done so far is to lighten the tension on the kick down cable which may have helped a little. On Friday, I will drop the pan, adjust the bands, drop the valve body and check the accumulator spring. Ill put it together with fresh fluid again, a fresh filter and gasket and hope for the best.

Does anyone know of anything else I should be looking for?

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:11 am

What is an A-998 trans?
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:30 am

It's a slightly heavier duty version of the 904 with a lower first gear and a lock up convertor.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:42 am

89on35s wrote:It's a slightly heavier duty version of the 904 with a lower first gear and a lock up convertor.

Cley

Thanks...food for thought
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Cookie-Monster on Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:23 pm

Great job on the car.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:29 am

Well, I haven't been on here in a quite a while but I have been busy with my Duster!

I yanked the A-998 and installed an A-500! Overdrive baby!!! I have yet to drive it much and there is still some work to be done to get the controls set up the way I want them but it is drivable again and that is the most important thing!

I also got all my under hood A.C. parts installed. I just need to get that charged up and that will be done too. I installed the compressor and hoses from an 85 Dodge truck with a condenser and drier that are designed for R-134 so I hope it all works like I expect it will. I had to crimp new ends on both compressor inlet and outlet hoses, and build new condenser to drier and drier to evaporator hoses. My goal was to do this all for cheaper than I could get a kit from Bouchillon Performance for but I still need to do the math to see if that was true or not. I never knew a thing about A.C. systems until tackling this project. I did document this job on F.A.B.O. if anyone is interested.

I modified a factory gauge bezel to accept aftermarket gauges and it turned out great for the most part. I moved the wiper switch out of the gauge bezel into the dash and it is in a way better spot to access as well as looking almost factory. This freed up more room for gauges! The indicating lights I used were not right for the application and don't look good at all so I will be redoing that next year for sure. My buddy is getting into 3D printing, so I think I will try and scan a stock gauge bezel and modify it to print out with a solid back plate to cut holes for gauges into. I know you can buy these gauge bezels but I was super surprised how cheap I can get something 3D printed if I do the work to set up the program myself.

I still have lots to do, but it is good for another cruising summer season. I'll try and upload some pictures when I have more time.

Cley

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:07 am

Well welcome back and congrats on all that work...what size engine,seems to me it's a 360.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue May 01, 2018 2:22 pm

It is a 360. It has an unknown cam in it and an Edelbrock Performer 318/360 intake, 670 Holley and Patriot headers. It could use a good tune up by someone who really knows what they are doing!
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Keith Mopar on Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:18 am

Cley how is the new tranny working? I have friend that put a 4 sp auto in his 360 motor home but we are having a hard time getting a kit to get it to shift properly. Did you use a kit to make it shift or just manual with switches?

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