By Patrick Rall
Take a nice lightweight early 70s A Body (in this case a Plymouth Duster), add a cammed up 440 cubic inch Mopar big block and some skinny street tires and what do you get? An ideal candidate for our Tire Shredding Tuesday’s feature video.
The description of this video explains that this is a Plymouth Duster powered by a 1966 440 cubic inch V8 with stock heads, 9.5 to 1 compression, a 262 Crane cam, an Edelbrock intake manifold topped with an Edelbrock carb, a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission and 3.23 gears. Based on how great this 440 Duster sounds, I would also guess that he has headers and a decent (loud) exhaust system. That isn’t a monster build but this video shows just how little you have to do to make a big block Mopar V8 scream and when you mount an engine like that in a Duster with what appears to be very skinny tires – you have yourself one nasty tire burnin’ Mopar.
Our hero in this video only does two burnouts with one being a long, continuous burnout that paints a couple dark stripes on the road accompanied by a cloud of tire smoke. The second is what the kids these days might call “drifting” and for an early 70s American muscle car, this Duster does a pretty nice job of kicking the back end out as he smokes the tires from a roll.
So crank up your speakers and enjoy this week’s Tire Shredding Tuesdays feature with the roar of a 440 Mopar big block.