Rick Trunkett
Hinckley, Ohio
'72 Plymouth Duster
781 Horsepower

In the yeah-right-it's-a-small-block class, Rick's '72 Duster started to draw a crowd before it even hit the dyno. We're figuring that people saw the big, and we mean big, turbo attached to the small block. Since Rick owns his own performance shop--Big 3 Racing, he knew that since he wasn't bringing a big stick, he better bring a small one with a lot of support.

The engine started out with an R3 block for a base, and the bores were opened up to 4.160 inches. An Eagle 4-inch crankshaft supports the Eagle stock length rods, and finally, a set of Wiseco pistons rounds out the rotating assembly. While pumping under a set of Indy Cylinder Head 360-1 aluminum heads, the 8.8:1 compression ratio is just right for use with the Borg-Warner 88 mm turbo. Topping it off is an Indy intake, and custom "blow-through" carburetor. We asked Rick what the cam specs were, and he just smiled and said "it's a solid roller".

Behind that is a 904 with a 9-1/2 inch FTI torque converter that stalls at a relatively mild 3,000 rpm. And helping him get to his 9.91 at 141 m.p.h. runs is an 8-3/4 rear filled with a spool, 3.55 gears, and Moser axles.