The Pentastar logo has been...
The Pentastar logo has been associated with the Chrysler brands since the early '60s. Kicker Audio incorporated it into their rear window audio system, and it's a focal point of the interior.
A Mopar Performance crate 402 small-block was bored .020-inch over to increase displacement to 406 inches. The double roller timing chain turns a .501/.513-inch lift, 230/234-duration @ .050 hydraulic roller camshaft. Mopar 1.6 rockers compress the Mopar springs to open the 2.02-inch intake and 1.625-inch exhaust valves. Assisting in the engine's respiration is a Holley 750 carburetor on top of a single-plane M1 intake manifold feeding cast-iron Magnum R/T cylinder heads. The exhaust is directed through a set of tti 15/8-inch headers and a 2.5-inch dual exhaust. A YearOne crossmember supports a Bowler Transmissions 4L60E, controlled by an HGM stand-alone controller and features a 2,300-rpm torque converter.
The Duster's interior was well maintained, but Kenny wanted to spice things up a little. A pair of Cerullo bucket seats was installed in the front, with YearOne covers installed by Henderson's Upholstery in Gainsville, Georgia, that mimic the original design. The same style covers were also used on the rear bench. Redline GaugeWorks filled the Just Dashes-restored dashboard with a set of their rebuilt gauges and reflect the factory appearance. YearOne supplied carpeting, door panels, package tray, and headliner. They also wallpapered the entire passenger compartment with Dynamat sound-deadening material, giving this A-Body smooth volume control. Kenny can stay cool with the Bouchillon A/C system.
Chip Foose took his own stab...
Chip Foose took his own stab at the Duster design and came up with this. When the sun hits it a certain way, it can pop off the car. It does a good job at telling everyone that this ain't no 340.
Recently, the new interior was given the finishing touches by Kicker Audio. They made a custom console and audio package for the car. Kenny says, "I told them I was going to be listening to all kinds of music. It wasn't like I was going to enter any bass competitions. They also knew I was trying to be faithful to the original design and didn't want anything done that couldn't be reversed or wasn't functional. While the entire audio system looks modern, it doesn't look alien in the car either." The factory mono-speaker radio still works, and Kenny says he drives down the road and listens to it when he wants to take a trip back in time.
Ted Moser of Motion Picture Warehouse took his turn at the paint gun to spray down the Duster. "I wanted to keep green on the car because it sort of gets a bad rap. If it's not Sassy Grass or Sublime people seem to ignore it. I wanted the car to show that green could still be cool," says Kenny. So a two-tone color combination was used to add dimension to the car. The top half was painted in Dark Graphite, and the lower was sprayed with Saab Frost Green. In certain lights, the green looks silver and the graphite looks black, which gives it the dimension he was looking for.
The rear placement of the...
The rear placement of the battery cleans up the engine bay so you can clearly see the Mopar Performance crate engine.
For the hood, Kenny wanted something special. He says, "At first I wanted a large Duster on the hood with a small 406 Wedge put on there somewhere. When I gave it to Chip, he asked if he could change it up a bit, and I was like 'Do whatever you want, you're Foose!'" The end result is what you see here-a layered 406 and Duster logo that you can get lost in when you look at it. Foose also had a hand in the wheel selection. A set of his Nitrous II wheels, measuring 18x8 in the front and 19x10 in the rear, are wrapped in BFG G-Forces T/A rubber. These wheels complete the Pro Touring look, and the tires give it all the grip it needs.
With the buildup starting in California and ending in Braselton, Georgia, this Duster has seen plenty of the U.S. Kenny took part in the '07 Hot Rod Power Tour so he could stretch the ol' Duster's legs and drive it. He frequents many of the major Mopar events in at least one of his cool rides. If it's not this '70 Duster, it's his Extreme Lee or one of his new Chargers. Soon, a '72 Road Runner will join the others in the respected garage of this rocker. "I've always been a Mopar guy, and they are the only cars I would really like to own," Kenny admits. He certainly has brought one cool A-Body to everyone's attention.