Story of Steve Clukey’s 1970 Plymouth Duster

Owning a 1970 Plymouth Duster since brand new, never stopped modifying it and drag racing all over the East coast for so many years. Consistently scoring single digits on the quarter mile with 4-speed transmission despite everyone saying this isn’t something he can achieve I believe Steve Clukey is a real drag strip legend. Check out the video we put together and read more below.

show your ride on hot american cars

It was his Son Chad Clukey we got in touch with to get the story of Steve and his 1970 Plymouth Duster. He sent us some great videos from the last 10 years and some old pictures while his Father was telling the story. When we asked: Why a Duster? Steve said he was looking at Z28s, Road Runners and Cudas, but got this one as it was the cheapest high-performance muscle car on the market back then ($3,000 with all options checked).

1970 plymouh duster drag car

Steve remembers how everyone had beefy Chevelle’s and Camaros when he got back from Vietnam, but he beat them all on the street, although it took him 4 years until he learned how to shift properly. He still has the original bill of sale from the 1970 Plymouth Duster and the operations manual that has been out of the plastic just a few times all these years. This Mopar is also the only brand new car he ever bought until March of 2018.

1970 plymouth duster 4-speed lenco

When it comes to motivation Steve loved the drag strip from the very first day as no one was paying much attention to him growing up. He felt special every time he makes a faster pass and people started asking questions about the 1970 Duster engine and mods. Inspired by the American Pro Stock drag racer Herb McCandless who is also a good friend of his, Steve Clukey is out on the drag strips every single year with its current best being 8.59@155mph.

plymouth duster 440 small block mopar

The 1970 Plymouth Duster started life as a 340 muscle car, had tons of mods during the years and was recently fitted with a 440 cubic inch Small Block Mopar with Airington W8 heads, Jesel rockers and carburetors done at DaVinci Performance. According to the Moroso speed calculator Steve’s 1970 Duster has 940hp controlled by the 4-speed Lenco tranny he works with so well.

Here is Steve Clukey’s Words of Wisdom:

“Buy good parts or you will replace them often! If you don’t know what you are doing money means nothing”

Recommended on Hot Cars: 1000hp Pro Street 1967 Dodge Dart

dual quad 409 chevy impala bubbletop

Jim Dillon’s 61 Chevy Impala Dual Quad 409 SS Tribute

When Jim sent me couple of photos of his 1961 Chevy Impala I immediately fell in love. While it is not a factory SS...
1969 dodge dart street strip mopar build

Jonathan Unger’s 1969 Dodge Dart Street/Strip Build

While Jonathan Unger's 1969 Dodge Dart is one angry street/strip Mopar beast, it also comes with a touching story. Jonathan not only did a...
1966 plymouth satellite 500 stroker

Brian’s 1966 Plymouth Satellite 500 Stroker 5-Speed

Brian and I have been talking for a while, and now that the weather in Canada finally got better, he was able to take...
pontiac pro street muscle cars

Joe’s Blown Dual Quad 468 Big Block Pontiac GTO Build

The 1974 Pontiac GTO is not a car you get to see often, especially one like Joe's build. Killer stance, great attention to detail...
1963 chevy tootsie nova drag racing

1963 Chevy “Tootsie” Nova 427 SBC Race Car | The Story

We don't know much of the history behind the 1963 Chevy "Tootsie" Nova, but there is plenty of action in the video we put...
1971 plymouth cuda 340 build

Story of Al Young’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340 Build

Al Young's 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340 has a very interesting story. It was his first car, which he acquired at the age of 17,...
restomodded 1969 ford mustang 347 stroker

Ed Curlee’s Immaculate ’69 Ford Mustang 347 Build

You don't get to see many 347 powered '69 Mustangs, but Ed's Sportsroof is not your average custom build and it does not pack...
565 big block 1971 chevy camaro

Jay Breitmaier’s 1971 Chevy Camaro Pro Street

Not long ago we featured a quick video of Jay Breitmaier's Pro Street 1971 Chevy Camaro from a car show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I...
restored 1967 ford mustang gt 390

Story of Bill Kramer’s 1967 Mustang Fastback GT390 Build

Restorer of several classic Mustangs, when Bill Kramer came across a newspaper ad for two ponies sitting in a barn in Wisconsin he knew...
1967 dodge dart pro street

Story Of Jason Owens 1967 Dodge Dart Pro Street

 One Awesome 1967 Dodge Dart Build! Those of you who follow our Mopar Muscle Facebook page will definitely remember this Pro Street 1967 Dodge Dart...
blown 1970 chevy chevelle build

Story of Blu McBride’s 1970 Chevy Chevelle Build

Although he wasn't very impressed with this 1970 Chevy Chevelle when his Dad gave it to him 30 years ago Blu McBride has entirely...