Dual Purpose DustedWho says that musclecars weren't made after 1971? Andy Burleson of Bakersville, North Carolina, is definitely not one of those believers. He brought a potent combination of a '74 Plymouth Duster and an .030-inch over-bored 340. At first glance, it looked like Andy had brought a knife to a gunfight. But upon further inspection, we found he actually had brought a gun with big bullets. Andy has owned the Duster for about nine years and, with help from his father, has made the body look as good as it does. Andy plans to keep the Duster as stock looking as possible and catch unsuspecting brand-X guys off guard. He certainly caught us, so we aren't going to argue.
What Makes It GoEngine Block: .030-inch over 340Crankshaft: Stock 3.31-inch strokeRods: Eagle I-beam 6.123-inchPistons: SRP 9.8:1Cam: Comp solid .540/.549-inch lift; 252/256 degrees duration at .050-inch liftHeads: Edelbrock RPM ported by Hughes EnginesInduction: Victor 340 intake and Carb shop 750 HolleyExhaust: tti headers with 3-inch pipe and Flowmaster mufflersAdd-on: 150 shot of nitrous
Transmission727 TorqueFliteTorque converter: PTC 9 1/2-inchShifter: Hurst ProMatic IIValvebody: Stock
SuspensionRear: 8 1/4 with a Strange spool and mono-leaf springs and Cal-TracsGears: 4.10Front: factory K-frame with disc brakesCar weight: 3,300 pounds
*Best PassLaunch rpm: 4,00060-foot: 1.60Shift point: 7,200Eighth-mile: 6.804 at 102.83Quarter-mile: 10.668 at 126.39*using 150-shot of nitrous