In 1975, the first generation Duster was approaching the end and sales were incredibly strong. It seemed that everyone was jumping off the big-car bandwagon and hopping into a smaller car. At the forefront of this movement were the sporty and stylish Plymouth Dusters. With an available Slant Six, it was an economical choice for most families and teens.
With strong sales and a variety of available options, a new special trim package was added to the list, the Gold Duster. This package mostly consisted of decals that replaced the regular Duster emblems with "Gold Duster" across the car and uses side stripes. It was only available with the Slant Six and 318, so it didn't receive the exiting 340, which was to be replaced by the 360.
Eighteen-year-old Corey Wood's '75 Gold Duster is powered by the venerable 318. He has owned it for about two years and drives it back and fourth to high school and around Colorado Springs. He has performed a bit of work on the A-Body since he took ownership. First thing on the to-do list was replacing the worn-out front suspension and making it stronger. Power and efficiency were given a boost with a 600-cfm Edelbrock Performer four-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock Performer intake manifold.
The engine was dressed up a bit with a pair of Mopar valve covers and a black Mopar air cleaner lid. To bring the tire performance up to a more modern level, the Duster now wears BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. Inside, the factory interior might see some revisions, as he plans to add a pair of bucket seats with new covers.
From what we can see in these photos submitted by Corey, his Plymouth is in fantastic shape and he loves to show it off. The only thing that's possibly missing would be more power from the 318. You can never have too much, you know. There are plans to add a new camshaft and a set of higher flowing cylinder heads to take care of the power department. Nice plans for a kid not even in his twenties with an even nicer car. Keep it up, Corey!
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