Doesn't it have a Catalytic Convertor molded into the chassis' exhaust system too ?
The chassis from this ---and every MPC (et al.) 'A'-Body annual kit--- is completely unchanged from its 1970 origins (e.g. , the 1971 Duster and the mid-1971-intro 1971 Demon 340) , which is to say :
- True dual exhaust ;
- 8 3/4 differential (which was dropped after from the Dart / Duster after the 1972 model year ) .
Believe it or not , the majority of 360-powered 1975 Dart Sports and Dusters were built without catalytic converters ! The 1976 models were absolutely built without cat cons ! Naturally , we out here in JerryBrown-a-fornia got nailed with a single exhaust , single cat con , and a milder cam ( ) .
So , *technically* the chassis is correct for this application !
I'm am very much looking forward to seeing this kit's restoration and re-release ! Its first modified-reissue was the aforementioned smokey convoy chaser from circa 1977 (yes , the Dart Sport annual continued for the 1976 model year ; ostensibly , the 1976 Duster didn't make the cut ) .
In 1984 , the Dart Sport's tooling was again modified , being released as the mislabelled "Dodge Duster" . Changes were limited to the tyres / wheels , hood (NASCAR-style hoodpins were moulded-in) , and the side pipes . This issue and its 1977 'convoy' relative were sans stock building options .
My chief *complaint* about this series of Darts , etc. , has always been centred around the manual transmission . Why ? One look at the interior tub will show why : console (a TorqueFlite-only option after 1969) , with its automatic shifter , and the auto trans brake pedal . Then there's that off-scale 340 / 360 engine (it looks more like a 3.9 litre V6 !) , but that's truly small apples given the AMT Duster doner .
A big Thank You to Round2 for not only dusting-off these moulds , but also for restoring the original parts .
Now , if Round2 were to include the wheels / tyres from the Convoy Chaser in this reissue , then it would be perfect !