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#36 of 64 Re: Grandpop's Cars [anythngbutgm]
Jun 12, 2007 (9:42 pm)
"Cropduster"?? Was that a special edition for the prairie states? Ford made "Twisters" for Kansas cars
#37 of 64 Re: Grandpop's Cars [davethecarnut]
Jun 13, 2007 (4:16 am)
LOL, We were living in Massachusetts at the time, in the city. No prairies there! I think it was a special edition or maybe it was the color code for brown?
I'll bet Andre would know this.
#38 of 64 I've never heard...
Jun 13, 2007 (4:39 am)
of a Crop Duster. I've heard of a Gold Duster and a Feather Duster, though. And there was something called a Twister, that looked like a Duster 340, just minus the 340. I guess it just had the graphics, rally wheels, and maybe bucket seats. And there was something called a Space Duster, where the back seat cushion folded up (rather than down like most hatchbacks/wagons) to create more trunk space. There was also a Silver Duster, available in 1976. Allpar.com doesn't say much about it; I guess it was just a final-edition trim package that they put on the last A-body Dusters.
#39 of 64 Re: I've never heard... [andre1969]
Jun 13, 2007 (5:52 am)
Wow, I thought there was a punchline somewhere in that I had no idea there were that many editions of the Duster! Then there was the sibling, the Demon to go with it, were there editions of that car too?
BTW, thanks for the info. How you know all this stuff is amazing...
Jun 13, 2007 (6:23 am)
to be honest, I only remembered the Gold Duster and Feather Duster. I had to look that other stuff up on Allpar.com. I tried searching the web though, and couldn't find anything at all about a Plymouth Crop Duster.
As for the Demon, well it was renamed the Dart Sport for 1973, because a lot of people in the Bible Belt didn't like the idea of driving a Demon to church. There was a Dart Lite that corresponded to the Feather Duster. There was something called a "Convertriple", which had the folding rear seat and a sunroof. There was something else called a Dart Hang Ten, but I forget what its angle was.
#41 of 64 Well... (andre1969)
Jun 13, 2007 (6:43 am)
Ah, yes, the Hang Ten. Only you could have reminded me of that one, Andre. I believe that was a reference to surfing. I guess Chrysler may have tried to niche market to the California and Hawaii crowds with that one.
I don't imagine that name would be too popular in this age of terrorism and frequent images of brutal acts. Somehow Avenger Hang Ten doesn't sound too appealing. But maybe, if that Dart had the 340, it was brutal in a positive way. Don't know what engine it had, though.
#42 of 64 Re: Well... (andre1969) [hpmctorque]
Jun 13, 2007 (6:59 am)
I remember the Gold Duster and the Twister. Those others are definitely new to me.
Didn't remember about the Hang Ten but that was a very popular term amongst surfers and more so with would be surfers.
#43 of 64 I heard...
Jun 13, 2007 (7:26 am)
...that a clothing manufacturer called "Hang Ten" sued Chrysler for using their name. I don't know what happened to the lawsuit. I think it was dismissed.
Jun 13, 2007 (7:54 am)
Now that I hear it a few times, and put the phrase "Duster" and "Twister" together, that sounds like it might have been the one. I'll have to confirm with my folks when they get back from their trip, but I'll be damned if that isn't it instead.
I am positive they had a 340. Even had the decals on the rear quarter. If I can hijack a picture of the two cars together, I'll post it.