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Old 09-16-2003, 01:22 PM
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door panels 73 duster

does anyone sell /restore the plastic cap on top of the duster door panels?

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Old 09-17-2003, 01:18 PM
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Really not sure on this one, your bet bet will probably be used. You mean the piece that touches the window, and goes over the vinyl covered part right?

You could try year one.

You could also post on www.moparts.org for parts wanted under a bodies.

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Old 09-17-2003, 04:27 PM
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thanks for your help!
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73 A Bodies don't get enough love. Nobody makes replacement interior parts for 73 specific Dusters as far as the plastic caps on top of the doors go. you can't even get replacement door panels that are correct for that year either. If its a part that was used from 67-76 than they will have it but not for a 73 only part.

The ones on my car are original and black in color and have held up well but are a little warped on the ones that make up the sail panel where the back window is.

Here are your options:

Find used pieces and dye to match with plastic paint. Black ones are usually in the best condition due to the darker pigment keeps the ultra's from breaking down the resins. Scoure salvage yards and swapmeets, hemmings motor news, ebay, whatever works for you. Moparts is a website that always has people parting out Dusters.

If this works to no avail, 1972 and older Dusters have metal door panel caps instead of plastic and age very well. It won't be original but most people will not pick up on it unless it's at a concourse auto show. While you're at it if it's a salvage yard find yank the 5 bow headliner out of the donor duster and use the ribs and hardware to install a new headliner to replace your most likely sagging warped or otherwise fragged paper headliner.

When checking ads for plastic parts look for areas from the rustbelt instead of the sunbelt, a 30 yr old car that may have lived it's life in michigan it's whole life will have better plastic parts on it than one that lived in Florida or California. I always look for rustbelt states when surfing ebay for plastic car parts.
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Old 09-25-2003, 01:30 PM
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thanks for the great info!
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I'll second the part about a bodies not getting enough love. I've owned several. Last one was a 73 duster original slant six. Which I sold about 3 years ago.

When I sold it

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disc brake, and changed rear axle to match the lug patterns
1970 front end, grill, hood, bumper.

Never finished the paint, and body job so it was what I call urban camo color. Little bit of different collors with various primers on it.

Unfortunately I sold all my parts with it, or I could have helped you out a bit. The person who bought it got two pickup truck loads of parts with the car.

Good luck with the dusters. I know I miss mine.

Jim

PS I may have a link on the metal panels to replace the plastic. My old 70 duster was in a local junkyard last I knew.
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