First New car

April 30th, 2011

1970 Plymouth Duster©

Owner Jeane Didriksen
My Duster was bought March 13, 1970 in Bozeman, Montana from the Rolph and Wood Chrysler/Dodge and Plymouth dealership. The price was $2,426.00. I even remember the salesman’s name, Gene Arpin. It was restored in 2000 to nothing short of perfection!! All of the restoration components were done by firms in Helena, Montana. John Hazen Repairs did the mechanical items. When the mechanics were completed, the car now features a 1968 Cuda 273-V/8 Commando engine, 4 BBL Heads,[9-1 compression ratio], and a 1965 Dodge Dart 904 automatic transmission. Jamies Body Shop did the exterior after obtaining a hood, front bumper, passenger door, and taillights from Syness Auto Wrecking. Mt. Helena Upholstery did the interior and Auto Concepts installed a vinyl top and did the striping.
WHY I LOVE IT!! IT WAS MY FIRST BRAND NEW CAR!!! Many trips were made to the Dairy Queen in Bozeman, Mt. for a Dilly Bar! Now, it’s the Dairy Queen in Helena for a hot fudge sundae!!
I am a member of Capital Carriages Antique Auto club, Helena, Mt., a chapter of our state club, The Montana Pioneer Antique and Classic Auto Club. If you are interested in joining our club, click the Capital link located on thre right hand column of this site, fill out the application and mail it with a check for the appropriate dues to Jim O’Connor, PMB 2046, One Jackson Creek Road, Montana City, MT. 59634 and Jim will take it from there. If you live elsewhere in the state, click the Montana Pioneer and Antique Auto Club link on this site and it will direct you to the contact person of a chapter near your Montana residence. A link to all major national car clubs is also included on this site if you are thinking about joining a national club.

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