When your first car is a '69 Charger, you know you're on the right track.
There aren't too many of us who can honestly say that our first car was our dream car. Lance Green of Canyon, Texas, is one of the privileged few who can. Before he was legally granted the privilege of driving, even with a permit, he scored this '69 Dodge Charger that was painted Hemi Orange in 1999, and was powered by a 440. "The Charger is and always will be my dream car," he says. Right after he turned 15, the car was on the road with him behind the wheel and his mom in the passenger seat.
Lance shows his sense of humor by posing in the hole where his trunk flow once resided.
He enjoyed the car for a while until the 440 spun a rod bearing. That wasn't all; he found a red puddle underneath the car in the driveway. It was obvious the previous owner didn't take very good care of the Charger by this point. Lance was strapped for cash so he could only afford to do a basic rebuild to get the car back on the road. His mom assisted in the rebuild of the transmission and they installed a shift kit and put it back inside the car. The tribulations weren't over, though. The trunk was home to a fuel cell-recalling this B-Body's drag racing past-and the floor was beginning to rust through. Not wanting the car to burn to the ground when the fuel cell fell out, the Charger had to be retired until the repairs could be made to the trunk.
During this time, he was fortunate enough to locate a '74 Plymouth Duster in a classified add. "I thought it would be a great car to just putt around town in," Lance recalls. It was another former race car, but the powerful 340 was pulled and replaced with a 318 before he purchased it. This didn't bother him one bit because he intended to build a stroker out of it. That was until he did the math and found out the machine work alone would out-price a stroked 360, which would move 408 ci of air and fuel. He sent out the engine and transmission to Dallas and Larry at D & L Machine in Canyon, Texas, to handle the machine work and build.
Sinister Duster! With all the shiny parts blacked out, the Duster takes on a new life.
The Duster has turned into his ongoing project car that sees new parts whenever he can manage it, or he is forced to repair something. To date, Lance has refinished the engine bay, instrument cluster, gauges, and dash. He also installed a new steering wheel along with racing seats, seatbelts, a 16-gallon fuel cell with sump, air shocks, and new disc brakes with painted calipers and drums. The exterior appearance was livened up when he blacked out the grille, headlight and taillight bezels, and both bumpers. The stripes were repainted to help showcase the car's white on black theme. It's a true driver's car and he loves it, even if people always ask him when he's going to repaint it or get carpet in it.
To solidify his devotion for Mopars, Lance founded Amarillo Area Mopars. He started the car club and its ranks have now swelled to over 80 members. "Nobody believes me when I tell them how many members we have, but I have a notebook with all the names, numbers, emails, and cars." Not too shabby for a 24-year-old college grad.
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