All- American Winner
Who: Gary Wiegand
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What: ’70 Plymouth ’Cuda AAR
Gary purchased this fine AAR back in 1998, and it was already a trophy-winner (taking a third place in its class at the Mopar Nationals).
Since then, he’s completely restored it—including the 340 Six Barrel under the hood, the 833 four-speed, and the 3.91-geared, Sure Grip–equipped rear end.
The body got its share of attention, as you can see (as did the no-console, stock dash interior), and six months after he started, Gary’s AAR was ready for the show field again. Good thing he also restored the trunk, because he’s needed it to haul home all the show gold he’s won!
If this isn’t enough, Gary’s also got a same-color ’70 Challenger T/A that we’ll bring you in a future PentaStars.
Once A Twister
Who: Eddie Morrison
Where: Decatur, Indiana
What: ’72 Plymouth Duster
Originally a green Slant Six–powered Duster Twister, this A-Body was owned by a high school friend of Eddie’s, and he ended up with it 20 years later. Over the last few years, he’s given it a total makeover inside and out.
Replacing the Leaning Tower of Power is a 360 with an LD340 intake, 750 Demon carburetor, MSD ignition, ceramic coated headers, and Flowmaster’s Super 44 mufflers. It still has a Torqueflite automatic, but this time it’s a 727, and there’s a 3.55-geared Sure Grip filled 83⁄4 rear in back.
Outside, the stock green gave way to Plum Crazy during the ’80s, and Eddie updated that color to the ’10 Challenger’s two-stage version of it after he had new quarters hung on the unibody. Centerline wheels, new AMD bumpers, and a Go-Wing complete the exterior.
Inside, Eddie re-covered the stock bench seats while adding a Tuff steering wheel, a pedal dress-up kit, and a ’67 Valiant gauge cluster.
Who: Joanne Bartosh
Where: Webster, Wisconsin
What: ’58 Dodge W100 Utiline pickup
“Power Giant” was the nickname for Dodge Trucks of the late ’50s, including the W-Series 4x4s like this one that Joanne found in Arizona. Originally owned by Pinal County, AZ, its next owner built a camper for it and used it as a daily driver for years. When he passed on, his grandson inherited it, intending to restore it. But, unable to bring the ’58 back to its original glory, he sold it to Joanne, provided that she bring it back to original.
Fortunately, the 230-inch flathead six, three-speed manual gearbox and two-speed transfer case were still on it and intact, as was the original cab and box. With help from her father, the mechanicals were all rebuilt, and the old steel smoothed out and refinished in modern DuPont paint in the original Klondike Yellow and Sandalwood.
Time and weather had taken their toll on the pine wood bed floor, which she replaced with red oak; plus the cab’s seat, headliner, steering wheel, dash, and trim were all restored to fresh-from-Warren–Truck-Assembly-Plant condition.
Now that it’s done, Joanne gets lots of compliments on it—plus lots of trophies, including Best in Show-Truck at the Mopar Nationals!
Who: Art Pesaturo
Where: West Palm Beach, Florida
What: ’70 Plymouth Duster
Thought it was a Duster 340, didn’t you? That’s what Art wants people to believe…and that’s why he put the repro “Duster 340” decals on when he built it.
Under the hood, it’s all RB—the 440 block was bored .060-inch over, plus there’s Mopar purple shaft camshaft, ’67 915 heads, an MSD electronic ignition, a 750-cfm Holley double pumper, plus it breathes out through tti headers and Series 40 Flowmasters. Estimated output: 500 hp.
Backing it is a 23-spline A-833 four-speed with a hydraulic clutch conversion kit, and a McLeod 10½-inch flywheel, clutch and pressure plate, inside a Lakewood bellhousing, upstream of a Sure Grip–equipped 8¾-inch rear end.
How to be in Pentastar:
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