Does the shifter protruding through the floor look different? That piece connects to a Tremec TKO five-speed from Keisler Automotive of Knoxville, Tennessee. You saw the 372-stroker decal on the hood, right?

The dynamic duo (Romeo and Steve) contacted Kibler Performance of Camarillo, California, and commissioned the guys to place a 360 crank into the '72 340 block by reducing the journal size from 2.81 inches to 2.50 inches. The block was filled with goodies like stock shot-peened rods, Keith Black Hypereutectic pistons, and an experimental Comp Cams camshaft. We could tell you the specs, but we'd have to kill you. Seriously, the "experimental" camshaft has .561/.526-inch lift and .231/237-degrees of duration. The 112-degree lobe-separated camshaft is installed at four-degrees advance. The heads are '70 vintage "X" castings with just some simple bowl work and blending. The go-go juice flows into a modified M1 intake that supports an MSD four-barrel throttle body controlled by a F.A.S.T Fuel Injection Systems computer module.

Do you like the custom air-cleaner assembly? With the help of Billet Fabrications of Simi Valley, California, Pure Visions designed a unit that can easily be disassembled and retains a low-profile for hood clearance.

Remember that this Duster had to be able to handle the high temperatures of desert travel? A U.S. Radiator four-core radiator and a Milodon water pump and March pulleys keep the Duster from getting hot under the collar. Everything up front is a waste without something beefy in back, so an 831/44 rear filled with 3.55 gears was added.

Did the guys accomplish what they wanted? We think so. They built a car that can be driven across the country, hold its own on any show field, and cut a corner like it's on rails. So here's a word of warning to the guy in his Camaro who pulls alongside Romeo-the Dust'Ya on the fender isn't just a statement, it's what's about to happen.