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Nov
28

Bob’s Component Resto Part 13: The Heater

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Good evening boys and girls! I hope that our bedtime stories have helped you to sleep soundly over the past few months. Tonight's story covers the heater resto in my 1974 Plymouth Gold Duster. I'm sure that your heater is near and dear to you if you live up north, like I do. We've all likely been in a car with a malfunctioning heater at some point. Miserable, wasn't it? Like most of these old Dusters, the heater wasn't working properly when I bought my car in April of 2019. So one of my...

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Nov
19

Post a photo of an original 74 Duster fuel tank sending unit 3621615?

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Does anyone have a photo of a CORRECT ORIGINAL factory fuel tank sending unit for a 74 Duster 225? It's part number 3621615. Must be the original one from your car. I need to replace mine, but the Taiwanese junk being sold out there isn't correct and they never read correctly. Looking for an NOS one if it's available. Thanks.
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Nov
19

Guys, do I have a temperature problem?

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Gentlemen: I'm searching for a solution to a vexing temperature problem in my very stock 1974 Duster. My car has the 225 engine, stock renewed head, EGR system disconnected, all in very good condition. When I start out, the coolant temperature takes about five minutes to climb up to about 210 degrees, then regulates back down to 195. If I run the car for a long drive, the temp goes down and regulates to 170 - 180 and slowly goes back and forth in that range. Outside air temp is 45 degrees....

Guys, do I have a temperature problem?
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Nov
08

Bob’s Component Resto Part 12: Factory Cruise Control

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Good evening fellow Moparites! Welcome back to another sleep inducing bedtime story from the A body world. Tonight's episode is a bit different and likely something that you've never come across at a car show - a 1974 A body with factory cruise control. So we'll begin with a disclaimer: Chrysler didn't offer cruise control as an option on A bodies until 1975. But with my cross country road trip coming up next year, I decided to add cruise control to my 1974 Duster to make the trip more...

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Oct
25

Bob’s Component Resto Part 11: The Radio

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Good evening Mopar faithful! I hope that you enjoyed Part 10, the brake master cylinder resto. Hopefully, tonight's installment will put you in the mood for a nice long nap. Like many Chrysler products back in the day, my 1974 Duster came with the code R11 two watt AM radio feeding a single in-dash speaker. As in most any 47 year old used vehicle, the radio in my car no longer worked when I bought it back in 2019. And since I was determined to restore my Duster as stock as possible, I...

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Oct
23

Bob’s Component Resto Part 10: The brake master cylinder

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Good evening my little Moparites. I trust you've enjoyed our bedtime reading stories parts 1 through 9. Here is our latest installation to help you fall asleep this evening. Tonight we'll cover the restoration of the brake master cylinder assembly from my 1974 Gold Duster. My car came with the code B41 power front disc and rear drum brakes. When I purchase the car in Portland OR in April of 2019, it was clear that the poor condition of the brakes would preclude me from driving the car home...

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Oct
21

Oil leak that won’t go away.

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Hi Guys: I think the rear main seal on my 74 Duster slant six is leaking. Does anyone know a good reputable knowledgeable mechanic in the Minneapolis MN area who could tackle a rear main seal replacement. He needs to know his way around a slant six. If he's an individual who might work out of his home or could commute to the job, I have a 6 foot deep mechanic's pit that the car is parked over for easy access to the bottom of the motor. Thanks!
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