& Leona Van Ostrand
Twenty-three years after its first resurrection from a junk yard, she is back, redone, and better than ever! After three years of gathering parts, raising money, building a new motor and transmission, and watching the Dart get worked on, the old yellow and black Duster is finally back together and will be making its first debut at the Southwestern Musclecar Nationals April 4 through 6, 2008. And those of you who have known this Duster for the last 20 years will surely not recognize her. So for those of you who have been inquiring about her, buy your tickets to the Musclecar Nats and to our 2008 Mopar Challenge Series and there she will be.
It is not just the outside of the car that has changed with the new paint scheme, but I've done a lot of modifications and changes to her engine and drive train as well. It was very strange driving her for the first time in 3 years the other day. Now, I've got to get her out on the track and see what differences there will be there. I will say, she is still powered by a 383 with bigger and better parts and also now sports a roll-cage installed by McKinney Motor Co. as I am too old to go rolling around anymore with no protection.
Thanks to my wife and kids who have all helped physically and with their patience as I've been out in the garage working. Thanks also to Art, Sr., and Art, Jr. at Six Pack Performance for advice, patience and parts. Also to my friend Chris Johnson for all of his help. Thanks also to James Cericola , owner of The Performance Connection for the machine work and transmission build. One Day Paint and Body on 1 st Street in ABQ, NM did the body work and paint and I thank them as well. Doug and his crew do top notch work.
3rd place winner
1999 Mopar Challenge Race Series, Albuquerque, NM
5th place winner
1998 Mopar Super Weekend Drag Race (Pro Class), Topeka, KS out of over 200 cars in its class.