Don’t even ask Chuck Causey if his 1970 Duster is for sale. It isn’t and never will be, the Cartersville, GA-based mechanic insists.
“I’ve had offers from $30,000 to $100,000 for this car and I won’t let it go. My dad, he got mad at me when I wouldn’t sell for $100,000—I thought the guy was crazy—but I’m just not interested,” Causey says. “This is the biggest tie between me and my dad and when he passes this will be the one thing I have that he gave me and that means a lot. If I ever had to file bankruptcy I’d sell the engine, drive train, wheels, everything, but I will not sell the car.”
Causey’s grandmother bought the orange A-body new in ’70 and three years later transferred the title to her son, Causey’s father. A military man, for years he routinely drove it back and forth between Georgia and his base at Fort Campbell, KY, all the while bracket racing on the weekends with it at local dragstrips. About 1977, the Duster’s street duty ended when Causey’s father turned it into strictly an eighth-mile bracket car.
Causey says after six or so years on the strip, his dad decided to switch over to the show car scene, so he decided to have the rear wheel wells tubbed for the Pro Street look that was so popular in the day. Unfortunately, the job was botched, badly. “When my dad went to pick up the car he got so sick to his stomach that he towed the car home, threw a couple of tarps over it, and left it to sit and rot.”