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Russ Hague

1971 Duster

My Plum Crazy Purple 1971 Plymouth Duster just went through a major rebuild after blowing the motor on opening day at Albuquerque National Dragway. We purchased a 500 cubic inch short block from Indy Cylinder Heads and Ken Kiefer, the owner of McKinney Motor Company, did the build. Almost all the parts needed for the project were purchased at Yearwood Performance. Here is the list of goodies inside this Mopar power plant:

  • compression pistons
  • Eagle H rods and forged crank with Clevite bearings
  • Comp roller cam 659 lift, Comp roller lifters
  • Smith Brothers pushrods
  • Harland Sharp rockers arms 1.5 with heavy duty mounting hardware
  • Edelbrock Performer rpm heads with Comp 943 valve springs
  • Mopar aluminum wrinkle black valve covers with t handles
  • Cloyes 9 keyway timing set ATI harmonic balancer
  • Meziere 45 gallon per hour water pump
  • Melling high volume oil pump
  • Aeromotive 125 gallon per hour fuel pump
  • Aeromotive fuel regulator up to 750 hp
  • Hoosier tires: 26 x 3.5 x 15 fronts and 32 x 14 x 15 d05 rear slicks
  • 8.75 rear end casing 742 with Moser 35 spline axles with a Moser spool
  • Strange 4.86 gears with arp studs
  • Moroso line lock Hughes custom 5000 stall converter
  • B & M mega shifter, reverse pattern
  • Hughes trans brake
  • 727 transmission with heavy duty clutch pak and kevlar bands and shift kit


  • B & M SFI flex plate
  • RCI SFI trans blanket
  • RCI platinum safety belts
  • 90/10 drag shocks, qa1 coilovers with 130lb springs
  • All Star 2.5lb fire extinguisher
  • Aerospace components 4 wheel racing disc brakes
  • MSD billet distributor, blaster SS coil and 6AL ignition box with 3 step