Thursday, July 21, 2011

8 Second 1973 Duster

Dare To Be Different Duster

The Tale of a True Mopar Man

Story Dave Verna & Mike Ziccardi

When we stumbled upon this car, we thought it was just your regular 12-second Duster. Small tires, stock looking and a parachute? That has to be for show – right?

Wrong! This ’73 Duster was tuning for an upcoming index race. The graphics immediately catch your eye, but the presence of an eight-second small block does not tip its hand until you watch it hold the front wheels in the air for at least the first 60 feet.

Mike Ziccardi is your typical Mopar man. He brought his entire family to the track, and it was definitely a family affair. These kids have no choice but to follow in Dad’s footsteps, and are they lucky!

Most Mopar guys are not typically followers since having a Mopar in general makes you a leader. “I am a Mopar enthusiast by birthright,” he said. “I was raised idolizing my father’s 1968 GTX 440 race car. Mopar was in my blood from the get-go. Back then, it was Rapid Transit or Direct Connection by the time I was born in 1974.

“I got my first Duster in my senior year of high school. My uncle had one for me in Pennsylvania, and all I had to do was drive two states away and pick it up. After many attempts of trying to turn it into a race car and a lot of blown engines, that car would eventually make it out of my life. I ran across an advertisement at a local speed shop for a 1973 340 Duster. I went and looked at the car and decided this original 340 Duster needed to be mine. I was 18, broke and working at my family’s sign company. I asked my boss, back then my dad (now my wife Theresa and four children Nico, Vincent, Christina Marie and Dominic), for an advance of pay for the next four weeks so I could buy my new Duster. He agreed after some groveling.

“The car was brown with a white interior. Within the first year of owning it, I had the car painted purple, installed a roll bar, put some X heads on it, and a little nitrous. Needless to say, the nitrous got the best of the engine after a short while. A couple of rebuilt engines later, I had my first P600 Procharger hanging off the side of a 340 Mopar. At the time, this was pretty much unheard of. You only saw Mustangs or Chevys with Prochargers on them. No brackets existing to do anything else.

“Eventually, I got the car to go into the high 10s on that combination. After that engine let go, I contacted S&D Concept Engineering (SDCE) in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I contracted with them to build my next small block with a D1 Procharger with a blow-through carburetor. We eventually got this combination into the high nine-second range. At this point, the car had to go out to Tony Giresi Race Cars, in Deer Park, New York, for a full NHRA cage, parachute and a downforce wing. I needed to obtain my NHRA competition license as well, which I did. After a few seasons of dragstrip and mild street use, we needed to retire the old 340 engine that was currently in the car. Once again, I contacted SDCE. This time, we opted to build a fuel-injected small block with a F2 Procharger head unit and air-to-air intercooler. This combination was good for 1,050hp at the crank on a moderate tune, not spinning the engine over 7,000 rpm.

“So far, this combination has yielded a best of 8.90 with a 153 mph top speed. We are still working on the car setup and are confident we will be able to get 8.50s out of it. I don’t know when it will end. When it does, I’ll have more time to restore my father’s 41,000-original-mile 1968 GTX, which started it all. It just recently made it back into my family’s hands. I also need to take care of the numbers-matching, triple black, 89,000-mile 1969 Road Runner for my seven-year-old son Nico or the 1973 Barracuda slotted for my four-year-old son Vincent.”


Engine: 383 cid, Mopar R3 small block standard 59 degree cam. Custom reverse cooling system.

Pistons: SDCE/Diamond conical dish pistons

Rods: Eagle H beam

Crankshaft: Mopar

Camshaft: Comp Cam SDCE blower spec. 610 .620 lift Solid Roller

Heads: Brodix B1BA standard port 20 degree stage 4 SDCE blower port with Cometic gaskets

Compression Ratio: 8.8

Intake Manifold: Custom sheetmetal


Ignition: MSD cam and crank trigger

Total Timing: 26 degrees

Exhaust: Kooks headers, SDCE custom-fabbed four-inch exhaust with “X” and SpinTech mufflers

Power Adder: SDCE blower System part number 875-1000 (12-rib supercharger system with ATI Procharger F2 head unit).

Boost: 19 psi

Transmission: 727 Torqueflight, Grinner Transbrake, reverse manual valve body, tranny blanket

Converter / Clutch: SDCE blower spec

CPT (the original Art Carr), nine-inch converter

Shifter: Cheetah

rear type / gear ratio: 8¾-inch with a 3.55 gearset in a spool with Moser axles

Brakes: Wilwood four-piston calipers

Rims front/rear: Weld Magnum Pros

15 x 3½, Weld Magnum Pros 15 x 10

Tires Front/Rear: Mickey Thompson skinnies and Mickey Thompson 30 x 10.5w

Suspension Front: Lakewood 90/10,

all else Mother Mopar

Suspension Rear: Caltrac bars, Caltrac mono leaf springs, QA1 double adjustables, leaf springs relocated inboard three inches

Chassis Mods: Full roll cage certified to NHRA 8.50 specs, Mini-tubbed

Interior Mods: Racing buckets, no back seat, rest of original interior there including all door panels, carpet, dashboard, and headliner.

Safety Mods: Five-point harness, Stroud parachute, custom downforce rear wing, roll cage, window net

Paint: Plum Crazy body color with flat black hood, wing and bumpers.

Graphics: Custom full color Mopar American Flag graphics (and all other stickers!) by

Sign-A-Rama of Huntington, New York


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