VENEDOCIA — Marty Clevenger said that looking for cars in his family is somewhat of a family bonding thing.
Clevenger’s oldest son had decided on a 1985 Trans Am several years before. A few years later in 2010, he was looking for something a little more vintage for his son Austin, who had just turned 16.
“We were looking for an old hot rod,” Clevenger said.
While returning home one day, Clevenger was driving home when he spotted a 1974 Plymouth Duster near Monticello. He immediately decided it was a great first car for Austin.
“We weren’t normally Mopar guys,” Clevenger said. “When I got home, I told him ‘I have a car to show you.’”
The car was running, but in need of several repairs. Clevenger said the car became a father-son project. The motor has been rebuilt, a 340 cam has been put in, the transmission has been rebuilt and the front and rear suspensions have been fixed. Those are just some of the many repairs that have been made. Clevenger described the car as a “driver,” not sitting in a garage waiting for car show season.
“He is still driving it,” Clevenger said. “After he graduated, I drove it for a while and I just let him take it home with him over the winter. It still needs some interior work, but it is a daily driver.”
Clevenger said they were able to make some repairs when buying the car in 2010 so Austin could use it for the prom with his girlfriend. He said his son and the girl he took to prom have now married, and the car is frequently at area car shows even though it is driven daily.
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