Some of the coolest things about any rolling example of Detroit’s past are the various components that make up the performance package as a whole. Along with the engines and drivetrains that put muscle cars into the American automotive lexicon, are the visual cues that set them apart from the pack. Emblems, extra chrome trim, and, of course, decals and striping.
A good lot of the decals and stripe packages that set say, a slant six “salesman special” Duster apart from a Duster 340 screamer, were applied out behind the dealers, or available as a dealer option for those wanting to let the world make no mistake as to what was going on. These decal packages were never produced in large numbers, and were often made available for that model year only in a limited run.
Time, along with ultraviolet rays, road salt, and weather are not kind to vinyl decals. Once things are cracked up and checked out, total replacement is the only option. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology and good old fashioned know how there is a solution to replacement decals previously made of unobtanium.
In the case of the mighty ‘70 Duster the stripe decals on a couple of the panels were missing when it was delivered. A few measurements were taken along with a snap shot or two and sent off to Performance Car Graphics. These guys have been saving, cataloging, and cutting replacement Mopar vinyl since 1976. From the original specifications the crew fired up the Way Back Machine and produced a complete set of replacement stripes, which are a virtual duplicate of the original equipment vinyl.
Applying vinyl to a Duster, or any car for that matter, is slightly tricky, but a few steps can help to lay things down the right way the first time and keep the swear-o-meter from going off the scale.