12:05 Garage- ’70 Duster build

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    racerjoe Well-Known Member

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    When I decided I was going to paint the bumpers body color, I knew at minimum I wanted to remove the exposed bumper bolts. After staring at the front bumper I realized I didn't necessarily care for the huge indent for the license plate. I wanted to do something to clean it up. I initially thought of just covering it and adding fog lights spread out (between the bumper brackets), but I finally decided against that. This project sat on hold for a while until I finally decided if I really liked what I came up with. Below is ultimately what will get installed on the car. I should have it painted in the next week or so.
    The angles are the same as the grill opening. In fact, I used the recess in the fender where the headlight bucket sets as a guide for the angle.
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      I agree. I'm planning on shaving the bolts and tag pocket on mine. Digging the cutout is it just for looks or something
       
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      Mostly for looks, but I'm sure more air will get to the radiator with it. I'm going to put some type of mesh or stamped sheet metal behind it.
       
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        Here's another small project that I probably spent way too much time on, but the end result is pretty cool. I'm sure just about everyone on this forum knows a 70-71 340 air cleaner is stupid expensive, if you can even find one. I've seen some go for over $500. That's just absurd, especially for my car being it isn't a numbers matching, original air in the tires, blah, blah, blah...
        So in wanting to keep the "stockish" appearance, I purchased the oh so desirable 2 barrel air cleaner housing for $20 off fleabay. I figured if I couldn't do something cool with it, I would just be out of $20. It turns out the lid seems to be close to the same as the 340 model and will accept a pie pan. That was really the most important part for me. Obviously I had to make it fit a 4 barrel, and I couldn't deal with the single snorkel. So, off came the snorkel and I open the hole up a bit and made a matching one on the other side. The front also had a rather large notch, which I assume was to fit around an A/C compressor. The 340 air cleaner housings have a "half notch". Instead of making the "half notch" I decided to make it completely round on the front. After all, it didn't interfere with my small A/c compressor. So here it is, so progress photos up to completion. Enjoy!

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        • mopowers

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          Nice! Where's the money shot if it installed?
           
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          Here you go!

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            • racerjoe

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              My bro in law came over to help me install the windshield on the Duster and he came over in his 74 Charger. This is a rust free California car he bought years ago (originally a 318 car), he cleaned it up and made it appear all original then sold it. The guy who bought it put a 440 in it and didn't do anything with it for nearly 10 years. Bro in law bought it back and undid all the non factory appearing items on the 440. Now it looks like it was born with a 440. I'm not a huge fan of this era of Charger, but this is a super clean car and its nice to see them out on the road.
              Oh, he has an even cooler car than this, a 70 Challenger convertible, 340 with a shaker hood.

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              • racerjoe

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                I painted the front bumper earlier this week and did a little scuff and buff. Here's a teaser pic. Notice the reflection of my phone at the bottom. Man I love freshly polished black! I should have it mounted up this weekend. I'll share some more glamour shots when that's done.
                 
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                  Got the bumper mounted up last night. I used some aluminum mesh I found online to fill the hole.
                   
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                  • davescuda

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                    Just read your build. Great job
                     
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                    Nice job with the bumper, I'll be painting my valiant bumpers when I get there too. The chrome's not good on them and the front needs straightening so....
                     
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