Working off the rear of the crank is a 904 TorqueFlite with a standard OE converter (no kidding). the tranny has a Cheetah manual valvebody that reverses the shift pattern. This in turn funnels ponies to the spinning tires via a 3.91 Sure Grip-equipped 8.75 banjo rear.
Meanwhile, the interior was treated to fresh vinyl, courtesy of Legendary, a Grant steering wheel, and a large-face Auto Meter tach with shift light. Joe has had every bolt and piece of trim off this car, and his handiwork showed when we took it out to a public parking lot for our photo shoot. Street cars don't come much cleaner than this Duster.
Now, we know most of the cars of legendary yore only showed up when no one was around, but this is one that offers weekly proof that power is still found on the boulevard. When Joe isn't heading to Bristol for timeslips, the car sees duty in and around Kingsport, Tennessee, which still has a strong car/cruising culture (though Tennessee's recent "zero tolerance, no exceptions" laws on street racing makes that a rare activity now).
When we put it all together, it's a pretty cool deal-drives it every week, kicks out low 12s without the bottle (though it's there if he needs it), started out as a 318 beater and now looks the part of Superman with 416, and hot paint . . . and the guy did most of it himself. Hey, you can't make this kind of stuff up.
Fast Facts'70 Plymouth DusterJoe SewellChurch Hill, TN