The owner of this 1973 Plymouth Duster, Gordie Rutkowski, was given the car as a hand-me-down from his older sister. When he got it, it was equipped with a 255-cubic inch slant-six engine and a 3-speed automatic. With a yearning for more power, Gordie dropped in a bottle-fed 318-cubic inch small block V8, and the Duster became a completely different animal.
One day the car was disassembled for a paint job that never came, so it sat in pieces, unused. As the Plymouth Duster sat and collected dust, Gordie got to thinking about the complete chassises offered for sale by Cleveland Performance. It was just a novel idea at first, but after taking some measurements, Gordie got to thinking that this could be a realistic venture.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Now, this Plymouth Duster rides on a Chevrolet C6 Corvette chassis, and hides a 6.0-liter LS2 under its hood. The Corvette’s chassis was enhanced with new performance bits, including an adjustable coil over suspension. With this “new” chassis and upgraded parts, the Duster is able to keep up with Corvette Z06es at the track; not bad for a 44-year-old muscle car.