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Iigh school is usually the time we all find our path with Mopars. Our minds were already predetermined at this point, and we're just waiting for the coin so we can get our first one. For 19-year-old Tate Hanson, this "first one" materialized as a '74 Plymouth Duster. Over the past few years he has built the car into something pretty grand, and used the car as a stepping stone to high education.

In an effort to become the coolest kid in school, Tate bought his Plymouth when he was a sophomore. While having a car in

Year One was founded over 20 years ago on the desire to preserve classic automobiles and provide like-minded people with a single source for products and information. YearOne has grown from a company supplying parts for Pontiac GTOs to a multi-marque supplier with 18 distinct catalogs, including an A- and C-Body Mopar catalog and a B- &

high school makes almost anyone instantly cooler, having one that looks nice takes you to another level. Under the hood of said Duster was a 225 Slant Six backed by an A-230 three-speed transmission.

He repainted it during his junior year, and also began to build a 360 to replace the Slant Six. There was a lot of hard work and labor put into building the 360, and he wanted it built right. It features ported heads, a Weiand dual plane intake manifold, a Holley double pumper carburetor, a mild Comp Cam, and a Centerforce Clutch. The hot little small-block was finally finished just before senior prom when Tate drove it for the first time—again.

E-Body Mopar catalog. The philosophy and work ethic that led to the creation of YearOne in the basement of Len Athanasiades' home are still there and still work. YearOne treats every customer as a friend and always remembers that the people in the garages and driveways working on these special cars form the backbone of the automotive hobby. For more information about YearOne, or to request your catalog, contact: YearOne, Dept. MM, P.O. Box 521, Braselton, GA 30517; 800-932-7663; www.yearone.com.

After prom was over, Tate started looking toward the future. His passion for performance and Mopars led him into the automotive field. "I'm now attending the Hot Rod Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, where I'm doing a complete restomod-type build with my Duster." These plans include subframe connectors, a four-point cage, an 833 four-speed, and he would like to paint the car Citron Yella.

Whenever a Mopar can change someone's life, it's great to hear the end result. For Tate, his '74 Duster cemented his desire to become a high performance gear head and encouraged him to peruse further schooling at the Hot Rod Institute. Tate's plans are practical, and he should be able to put his new skills to good use on the Duster, and any future Mopar. He assures us that the car isn't going anywhere and that he plans to keep it for the rest of his life. Good luck, Tate! MM

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CHRIS CARLSON'S '72 CHALLENGER MATURES INTO A BLOWN SMALL-BLOCK WITH SOME JUICE

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rue speed freaks are never content. It's like a drug that you build your immunity to, and have to push the limits even further as you increase your tolerance. When a speed freak decides to build a Mopar, they usually start slow. As the addiction takes over all bodily functions, you become consumed in the drug and you end up with a car so far from where you started, you sit in the corner of your dark bedroom rocking back and forth telling yourself "it's going to be OK." For Chris Carlson, this scenario may have played out a little differently—sans rocking back and fourth, but the end result is the same—one extreme Challenger.

Chris' Challenger started life as a 340 Rallye car that was B5 Blue. When he got it, the paint was in poor shape and there was a little rust on the doors and quarters. "I couldn't believe a northern car was in such good shape with very little rust," he recalls. It didn't take long before he was tweaking the small-block and making the E-Body look better. "I had the panels replaced and painted it Plum Crazy. It had some of the ugliest interior you have ever seen. It was plaid blue, and I didn't change it when I painted the car Plum, so you can imagine," he jests.

He ignored the eyesore inside his car to focus on getting the Challenger moving. This started simple with a few bolt-ons, and it wasn't long before he was installing a nitrous bottle in his trunk and spraying in an additional 150-horse kick in the pants. With the car smoking the tires, Chris decided to paint the car again and selected a cool pale orange that was commonly confused for pink. "That got to be too much, and I just had to change it again."

This time he decided to just build the car from the ground up. "I realized it was time to redo the whole thing from the inside out." This started with his color option. Back when Plymouth was still kickin', they produced an underpowered hot rod called the Prowler. Plymouth only offered them in a handful of colors and one of them was called Prowler Flame Orange Metallic— offered in 2000. He sent the car to Barton Collision in Spokane, Washington, where it was media blasted and sprayed with this color. They installed a T/A-style hood, front and rear fiberglass spoilers, and a flip-top gas cap. The bumpers were rechromed by Tripple Plate in Spokane. Once it was out of the paint booth, Barton Collision applied new Rallye door "strobe" decals.

Chris took the car home and began

SHOWS, mtA6 RACE, road RACE, AND AUTOCROSS." CHRIS CARLSON

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