1. UCUDANT

    UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I've been a member for awhile but I haven't checked in much or posted. I've been into Mopars since I was a teen in the 80's. I bought a Duster at 14 with my own coin. I'm a long time moparts member as well.
    I picked up a one owner 69 340 4speed swinger, F5 with a Saddle interior. I think I could use a little motivation, the cars so original I'm a little scared to touch it. (that's my home built Cuda in the back ground)

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      UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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      This is the car at about month old as the couple got married, and as it sat for a long time. Thiss pic is a few years old. When I finally got it the tires were completely shot
       

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      Howdy! I do hope you get it running and enjoy it.
       
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      UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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      Thanks I did get it running [ame="http://www.streetfire.net/video/1969-340-4spd-dart_2383099.htm"]1969 340 4spd Dart - Car Videos on StreetFire[/ame]
       
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      One of the benefits of a one owner car can be the documentation. I found half of a folded up broadcast sheet in the glove box, the other half was still taped to the glove box. Another sheet was in the rear seat back and extremely brittle but in excellent shape otherwise.
       

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      welcome , i was looking at your pics over on moparts last night , Love the car , congratulations . Awesome find
       
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      Welcome back
       
    • Oklacarcollecto

      Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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      Welcome back to the site.
       
    • Princess Valiant

      Princess Valiant Duster specialist FABO Gold Member

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      wasnt this car recently in a mopar muscle mag ? i could swear i have seen it somewhere.

      either way sweet car ....i love the color .....Green is such an underapreciated color......there is a good reason why they sold sooo many green cars when they were new .....ppl in them days had style....can you trust the new generation of car buyers to really say what style is, when this is the same generation buying pimp cars and plastic junk. :D
       
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        UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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        Thanks to all,
        Yes, it was featured in Mopar Muscle. I think the Tan interior should prevent a Green overdose
         

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        3404speed Ancient Decrepit Member

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        Very cool. Just clean it up and preserve it as long as you can.The "patina" look is fantastic.
         
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        Love it! Welcome to the site If you don't mind...Tell us what you had to hand out to get it! I'm dying to know..:prayer:
         
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        smlveightis Confused in Confusion

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        Welcome aboard! Great looking Dart!
         
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        BrianT Let's go!

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        I agree. I wouldn't touch the outside. Put some dog dish hubcaps on it and drive!!

        Nice save.
         
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        Mine is F8 with D2T tan interior, but it has been painted twice since new and is needing another paint job. Found another F8 green Swinger 340 4 speed with white stripe and black interior locally last summer.
        Seems like Dodge built a lot of these in green, but finding them today painted green is rare. Plenty of them got color changes.
         
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        Here is a nice one from Andy440.com
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        UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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        Thanks to all again. Thats a 440 Dart in New Rochelle NY. Another sweet car. I've always had a thing for these cars since I was a kid. There was a Blue 69 340 GTS auto car the owner wouldn't sell it to any of the kids asking. I stopped by and he saw my Duster, he asked why I wanted his car and this 17 year old kid started talking mopar facts and he decided it could be mine for $1K. I was already signed up delayed enlistment for the military and Dad wanted to know what I was doing with the Duster and said "NO" he did not want me leaving another car behind.....

        Then there was a Yellow one owner 69 340 Swinger auto with a black interior not far from my wifes house when we were dating. The wife would try to shoo me away but the little old man would let me check it out and chat with me or take pics etc. One day my wife called me when i was away on duty and asked me "Guess what my dad has on the lift?" What? "The lil old man's Dart" The old Gent was the FIL of my FIL's good friend.

        I guess he passed when i was overseas and that car got away. His Son in law knew me even though I did not know him and he came into the garage one day and I had just scored my Cuda and had it on the lift and behind me I hear someone sayin how they just sold the Yellow 340 Dart and when I quickly spun around he was laughing.....just kidding. Well now I finally scored my 340 Dart
         
      • mwls73duster360

        mwls73duster360 Bad as Buddy Holly

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        Awesome story glad you got one finally! Killer cars will be watching lol
         
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        Here is my Cuda, since I've been PMed about that :D If you look close, it kind of made the magazine too
         

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        Here's the sign that was folded and down inbetween the trunk extension and the quarter panel.
         

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        UCUDANT Well-Known Member

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        THE STORY OF MY DUSTER

        This is the car that started it all. I was pre-driving age. Some good friends up the street had numerous A bodies. In NY they seemed to have a great reputation as being near indestructable. My buddies older brother bought a beat FC7 purple 318 3spd manual and would lay stripes up the street.
        ---- I decided that one of these might be a good choice for me. While cutting the front lawn one day I was staring across the street at my neighbor Gino's orange Duster thinking that would make a great first car. I was working off the books during the summer and on weekends making some good money. My Dads way of teaching me that there was nothing wrong with a hards days work but that maybe I would pursue a career less demanding than his. When my Dad would go to see his mechanic to check his points etc he would always ask me to go. I always did. One day he's in a bay and I'm checking out cars. I'm eyeballing a Vette that turned out to be my Neighber Gino's. Gino walks over and we talk. He tells me he's selling the Vette to buy a work Van. I said I wished he's sell me the Duster, and he said he was selling it right after he got the van....Hmmmmmm.
        ---- So I go home and I'm scheming. My folks don't know how much I have stashed. They were relaxing in their room when I walked in and asked if I were able to save up my own money would they let me buy a car so I could start to fix it so it would be ready when I got my license. They agreed and then I sprang it on them. "WHOAHHHH slow down" so after some time they adjusted to the idea, it took a few months but one Day a white panel work van showed up in Gino's driveway. I walked over immediately. I'm not sure if it was that day I'm sure he wanted a fews days but they day I got it I remember telling him everything I was going to do to it and he smiled " Ok kid"
        ----I had been driving stick since I was 13. Dad bragged to Mom that I didn't grind a gear or buck or stall the car once on my first outing. He saw me messing around in his car and asked if I thought I knew how to drive it. (dirt bikes have clutches too :D ) then he went and got the keys to teach me. I showed him I knew what I was doing, and he was very impressed. This was not one of todays hydraulic clucthes with nice smooth syncro's either.
        ----Gino's Duster was the first automatic I had ever driven, and I didn't know you had to pull the shifter tward you. I thought something was wrong and had to ask him. "I know you know how to drive I've seen you" I can only drive stick I said....
        It was an EV2, slant six, bench seat, dog dish stripper car with an AM radio and rusty lower quarters. I had a neighborhood body man fix and repaint the lower quarters, I found cragars, here and there as they were not being produced any longer in the 4" bolt circle at that time. I ended up adding a Rallye grille, bucket seats etc etc. The scoop (l loved Bob's scoop and had to have one) and rallye wheels /mirrors came later.
        ----My good buddy Bobby had a primer 340 Duster and it took on all comers, only 2 losses that we ever knew of. I of course had a V8 swap planned. I left for the military never scoring the GTS (which I thought I could strip of it's driveline if it was too far gone) I returned on leave from overseas to find a friends older bro had totaled his Challenger. But they had 360 and 727.... with two weeks of leave back in a time when there was no internet and the after market was not as involved in Mopar parts I got the engine swapped and running.
        ----At my first base I met George, he'd rib me about my Duster. He was proud of his first new family car a Mazda 323. I always used to tell him that I'd look him up in 20 Years and show him the Duster nad he could sweep up what was left of the Mazda to try and compare...it was a running joke. George cross trained into the medical field. Well to both our suprise by coincidence we retired to the same area. He checked the global email system and found me. WHAT DO YA THINK THE FIRST THING I BROUGHT UP WAS ? I sold the Duster after owning it nearly 17 years but it's about 15 minutes away....the Primer photos are of it when I found it.
         

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        The car as I found it again... get your Dust pan George
         

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        Beautiful! Wish I had one!
         
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        [ame="http://www.streetfire.net/video/dart_2425981.htm"]Dart by UCUDANT - Car Videos on StreetFire[/ame]
         
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        Welcome aboard! Great story! Am still looking for my 69 Swinger 340 from the early 70's! Ben.
         
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