Plymouth Duster 340 and Dodge Demon 340
My 1974 Plymouth Duster 340 and Gene's 1972 Dodge Demon 340 having a little fun! We decided to take the cars out and not go all out on them but have a little fun, LOL!
1974 Plymouth Duster
When the Barracuda moved up in size Plymouth decided to spend their restyling budget on a sporty semi fastback coupe to fill the void left by the Cuda. It was a great move as the Duster was separated enough from its Valiant brother that buyers considered it a much more sporty and a great value for the money. But it was the performance variations that we all remember including the hand full of Hemi Dusters that were terrors of the drag strip. The standard slant six was an economy leader and legendary for reliability but it was the range of V8 power options that began with the 318 and went up to 360. But in most experts opinions it was the 340 Dusters and its brother the Dodge Demon that were the street fighters and giant killers. The enthusiast could order a Duster and get the performance package with either an automatic or a 4speed behind the 340. It was the 1971 model of the duster that turned out to be the right combination of compression and the new electronic ignition that made that year special as in 72 Chrysler lowered the compression and made the valve size smaller to meet emission standards.
The 71 340 also had an over the shelf Six Pack that really kicked up the performance when installed with a set of headers.
In 1971 I was at Fort Gordon Georgia waiting to see what the fate of my life would be, I took a trip to town and had an extended road test in an Orange Dodge Demon 340 4 speed with a 410 gear that made for wonderful acceleration put was definitively limited in long distance driving. The engine was wonderful as well as the transmission. The steering and brakes did leave much for this sports car driver to desire. Coming from some very sporty cars it was the engine that I truly loved, and if was into drag racing I would definitely have bought one.
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1970 Duster 340- Featured on SPEEDCHANNEL show PASS TIME
1970 Duster 340. 365ci V8 750cfm carb, 340 X-heads, 727 trans, shift kit and Hughes 2800 stall converter. 3" Flowmaster Exhaust with original 340 Exhaust tips. Sounds mean, runs great. ORIGINAL PAINT shows fantastic for being 40 years old. Was featured on SPEEDCHANNEL on the show PASS TIME. Former Street Drags winner!