High school is usually the time we all find our path with Mopars. Our minds were already predetermined at this point, and we're just waiting for the coin so we can get our first one. For 19-year-old Tate Hanson, this "first one" materialized as a '74 Plymouth Duster. Over the past few years he has built the car into something pretty grand, and used the car as a stepping stone to high education.
In an effort to become the coolest kid in school, Tate bought his Plymouth when he was a sophomore. While having a car in high school makes almost anyone instantly cooler, having one that looks nice takes you to another level. Under the hood of said Duster was a 225 Slant Six backed by an A-230 three-speed transmission.
He repainted it during his junior year, and also began to build a 360 to replace the Slant Six. There was a lot of hard work and labor put into building the 360, and he wanted it built right. It features ported heads, a Weiand dual plane intake manifold, a Holley double pumper carburetor, a mild Comp Cam, and a Centerforce Clutch. The hot little small-block was finally finished just before senior prom when Tate drove it for the first time-again.
After prom was over, Tate started looking toward the future. His passion for performance and Mopars led him into the automotive field. "I'm now attending the Hot Rod Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, where I'm doing a complete restomod-type build with my Duster." These plans include subframe connectors, a four-point cage, an 833 four-speed, and he would like to paint the car Citron Yella.
Installing the 360 into the Duster.
Whenever a Mopar can change someone's life, it's great to hear the end result. For Tate, his '74 Duster cemented his desire to become a high performance gear head and encouraged him to peruse further schooling at the Hot Rod Institute. Tate's plans are practical, and he should be able to put his new skills to good use on the Duster, and any future Mopar. He assures us that the car isn't going anywhere and that he plans to keep it for the rest of his life. Good luck, Tate!
Year One was founded over 20 years ago on the desire to preserve classic automobiles and provide like-minded people with a single source for products and information. YearOne has grown from a company supplying parts for Pontiac GTOs to a multi-marque supplier with 18 distinct catalogs, including an A- and C-Body Mopar catalog and a B- & E-Body Mopar catalog. The philosophy and work ethic that led to the creation of YearOne in the basement of Len Athanasiades' home are still there and still work. YearOne treats every customer as a friend and always remembers that the people in the garages and driveways working on these special cars form the backbone of the automotive hobby. For more information about YearOne, or to request your catalog, contact: YearOne, Dept. MM, P.O. Box 521, Braselton, GA 30517; 800-932-7663; www.yearone.com.
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