1972 Duster Build with my Daughter

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  1. Jim Kueneman

    Jim Kueneman Well-Known Member

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    It has begun! For those that watched my Coronet restoration over on the B Body Forum (1968 Coronet 500 Project) a few years ago I am about to embark on a Duster build with/for my youngest daughter! She will be delivered tomorrow! History and what we are doing with her will be coming. The Coronet took 1 year exactly and with help we are hoping this is a 10 month build to the first drive!

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    We are also getting a '74 Dart to pull all the parts off to put in this roller

    Here is what she is wanting to build at first
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    But decided to go with the factory colors with the Twister graphics.

     
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    • Streetsboro Rick

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      Congrats on the new project !
       
    • Dartn440

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      Well that is awesome! Looking forward to watching it come to life.
       
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      • Divenut

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        Outstanding! Loom forward to following the build.

        Pat
         
      • 67Dart273

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        Is this the daughter we saw with sandpaper in her hand?
         
      • Jim Kueneman

        Jim Kueneman Well-Known Member

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        Not sure if you have seen that before but you WILL see it in the near future :rofl:
         
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        • 318willrun

          318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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          LOL... when u said your youngest daughter, and she'll be delivered tomorrow, i thought for a minute you bought the duster before she was born
          :rofl:
           
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          • Jim Kueneman

            Jim Kueneman Well-Known Member

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            Yea I noticed that it was not completely clear when I reread it earlier
             
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            ..............OK...........
             
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            Nice!
             
          • rapidtransitric

            rapidtransitric LX/LC platform a body swap pioneer

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            Should be a nice project for the both of you
             
          • Jim Kueneman

            Jim Kueneman Well-Known Member

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            First afternoon with the Duster. Pulled about 40 lbs of Cholla Cactus and packrat droppings and gutted the interior, if not for a piece of cardboard in the spare wheel well that started some rust it would be perfect. It does need a left inner fender since someone started to hack out big block header holes :(

            I let my daughter run the impact to remove the seats and disassemble. She has not given up yet :)

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            • Jim Kueneman

              Jim Kueneman Well-Known Member

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              More Photos, gotta love native Arizona cars.... wow.

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              • Jim Kueneman

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                This is what she was from the factory:

                VL29:
                Plymouth Valiant,Duster Low 2 Door Sports Hardtop

                C2B: 225 110HP(net) 1-1BBL 6 CYL
                1972 Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA

                107818: Sequence number

                E24: 225 cid 1 barrel 6 Cylinder 145hp
                D34: Light Duty Automatic Transmission
                NB1: Powder Blue Exterior Color
                D2B5: Trim - Luxury, Vinyl Bench Seat, Blue
                GB5: Bright Blue Poly Int. Door Frames
                730: Build Date: July 30
                192377: Order number

                HB1: Powder Blue Top Color
                U: USA Specifications
                B51: Power Brakes
                G33: LH Remote Racing Mirror
                H51: Air Conditioning with Heater
                L31: Hood/Fender Mounted Turn Signals

                R11: Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)
                V5X: Body Side Stripes, Black
                EN2: End of Sales Codes
                 
              • threewood

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                My big question....will the Pep Boys air cleaner make an appearance on this build? LMAO!!!

                Looks like a nice car to build.
                 
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                • Jim Kueneman

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                  :BangHead: Why don't you B Body guys go back over and play with your GTX's.... :)
                   
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                  Because we can multi-task!
                   
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                  • billccm

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                    Threewood beat me to it!

                    Now a member of this forum and looking forward to Professor Kueneman's lectures.
                     
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                    • Jim Kueneman

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                      Digging around the rear quarters finding out how much hidden rust there is. Was there a shift if metal gauge between 1968 to 1972? It sure seems like the Duster sheet metal is not quite as heavy as the Coronet....
                       
                    • Streetsboro Rick

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                      Any thing to build them cheaper
                       
                    • Glenwood

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                      So will this one get a big block or a blown slant 6? :lol:
                       
                    • Jim Kueneman

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                      Sigh..... :)
                       
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                      I'll take 318 for $50, Alex.
                       
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                      • Streetsboro Rick

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                        Late model Hemi 6 speed!
                         
                      • rapidtransitric

                        rapidtransitric LX/LC platform a body swap pioneer

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                        I would
                         
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