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PAINT AND BODY
The body is in excellent shape and the panels are very straight with excellent seems and panel fit. Sheet metal is believed to be original the best that we can tell (I was told that there should be a “dent” in the quarter panels if there original so if these have been replaced then they look better than factory) Trunk floor, Floorboards, Rockers, Fenders, Hood, Doors and Frame Rails are super clean and appear original to me. The paint in the entire door jams, trunk and inner fenders look fantastic. The undercarriage is some of the nicest I’ve ever seen and has been lightly (very lightly) undercoated. The underside of the trunk lid and hood are also in stunning condition. The doors open and close excellent with ease just like they did in 1970 and the windows roll up and down perfectly and without any issue at all.
GLASS, CHROME AND TRIM
The glass is in very good condition with only a few very minor marks. The front windshield is new and in excellent shape but all the rest of the glass is original to the car. All windows and locks operate just as they should. The front and rear bumpers are excellent. The window trim is very clean and as new.
The interior was re-done with correct factory seat covers from Legendary Interiors. All seat padding and seat frames are “as new” condition. Carpet, door panels, trunk divider, speaker shelf, dash pad, wood-grain on complete dash, headliner, correct interior insulation, dash gauge bezels are all impeccable. The gauge cluster is super nice and looks factory new. All gauges work and operate correctly. A tachometer was added by me but the original “delete plate” comes with the car. All lighting works as should including the high/low beams, dome light, taillights, parking lights, turn signals, four-way flashers, back up lights and license plate light. The AM radio also works. The E-brake, defrosters, heater, fan, horn, speedometer and dimmer switch all work just as they should.
DRIVE TRAIN / SUSPENSION
The 340 has excellent power, runs very strong and sounds great. As I stated earlier, the (original to this car) 340 was rebuilt last year by one of the best machine shops in the western states and comes with a “Build Book” that carefully documents the entire process from Am Pro cleaning the block to the entire build right back to OEM specs. Engine includes it’s factory forged crank and rods and original to the car intake and original to the car exhaust manifolds most everything. It still has it’s original X heads (they usually get taken by now) freshly hand ported and rebuilt to exacting standards. Again, these items are all original to THIS car including the original LA only 340 Automatic 4bbl carburetor that was just freshly restored by Scott Smith at Harms Auto who is the best in the business. The radiator is “show quality” and original to this very car bearing the factory correct part number 2998978 restored by Glen Ray Radiator but also re-cored (4 rows) by Glen Ray with the correct and original to the car fan shroud so It cools excellent even on the hottest of summer days! The transmission is #’s matching to the car with a fresh rebuild with no expense spared. The rear end is an 8 3/4 with a 3.55 sure grip center section in a 489 case which was an upgraded option on the 340 Duster back in 1970. It was also blasted, painted and cleaned when restored and even has the original 3:55 call out tag. Rear axels have been upgraded to “sealed bearings” but the original tapered bearings come with the car. It has the original stock leaf springs, bushings and rear shocks are correct for the car. The front suspension was completely done with all parts being blasted, painted and re-installed. This excellent drive train combo has very good performance and handles great in all conditions whether highway or city driving. This is a very tight and excellent smooth running 340 Duster that feels like factory new, does not wander down the road, does not rattle or squeak or have any bad manners. This Duster sets itself apart from all others.
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