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#239494 - 02/28/09 09:01 PM Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill
Aspen7695 Offline
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I want to convert my '73 Duster to a '74 to change the class I run in. I can then run a 360 as opposed to a 340. I was told the only difference on the outside of the car is the front grill. I would like to know what the difference is between the grills, and if there are any other differences.

Raul

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#239495 - 02/28/09 09:20 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: Aspen7695]
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I don't believe there is any.
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#239496 - 02/28/09 09:30 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: DirectSubjection]
1965_PLYMOUTH Offline
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I think in 1974, they have that plastic bumper filler behind the bumper, screwed to the bottom of the grille. I've parted them both out.

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#239497 - 02/28/09 09:52 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: Aspen7695]
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There is no difference in the grille.

Keep your same front end and just get a new (wider) rear bumper and put the rubber filler between it and the body (all 74's had this). You'll also have to change the rear bumper mounting system from brackets to shocks (this gives the gap which is filled by the rubber).

Presto its a '74 (if they don't check your VIN).
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#239498 - 02/28/09 09:54 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: ChickMaggot]
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74 has a emblem in the center if I remember correctly http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...4&viewitem=

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#239499 - 02/28/09 09:55 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: mopars4ever]
ChickMaggot Offline
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Quote:

74 has a emblem in the center if I remember correctly




Emblem started in 75.
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#239500 - 02/28/09 09:57 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: 1965_PLYMOUTH]
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Quote:

I think in 1974, they have that plastic bumper filler behind the bumper, screwed to the bottom of the grille. I've parted them both out.




Early 74s had no filler. Late 74s did have the filler. It screwed to the metal filler below the grille.
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#239501 - 03/11/09 07:16 PM Re: Difference between '73 and '74 Duster Grill [Re: ChickMaggot]
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older post i know but if you convert the rear bumper completely to a 74, you'll have to modify the panel behind the bumper with large holes, then fab bolt anchors into the frame rails for the bumper shocks. good bet to just leave bumper as is, alot of Mopar guys don't even know the 73-74 rear bumper shell was different.
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