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Old 09-04-2013, 07:12 PM
 
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our family 71 Duster weighed 2936. it had a 225 6, power front discs, "deluxe" vinyl upholstery with a center armrest, bumper guards, carpeting

my grandfathers 71 Duster weighed 2873. it had a 225 6, non power drums, plain jane upholstery, no armrest, no bumper guards, i don't recall any carpeting

would the power discs, nicer seats and bumper guards explain the extra 63 lbs on the first Duster?

also, were power drums and non power discs also available on Dusters or did it go straight from non power drums to power discs?
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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why does my Yaris which weighs 600 lbs less than those Dusters, feel much safer and steady on the highway than the Dusters? or is this a moot point because of modern tech?
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Generally, since disc brakes don't have the "self-actuation" of drums, when a car got front discs, it got a power booster. My MG-B has non-power brakes with front discs, it takes a pretty firm shove on the pedal to stop quick.

Weight is not the main determinant of stability - your Yaris does have a much more advanced suspension, and you can't get a tire as bad as the ones we had in the early 70's now.

Weight difference would be all the relatively "deluxe" equipment on your dad's car vs your grand-dad's.

That old 225 slant-6 was and to the extent you can still find one still is an excellent motor. Not real muscular in the sense of the bigger V-8's but could get out of it's own way and decent MPG.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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why does my Yaris which weighs 600 lbs less than those Dusters, feel much safer and steady on the highway than the Dusters? or is this a moot point because of modern tech?

You have never been in a 71 Duster have you? In fact, have you been in a real car at all? A yaris is not a safe or steady vehicle !
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:45 AM
 
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YARIS means You R In Serious trouble.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:34 AM
 
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why does my Yaris which weighs 600 lbs less than those Dusters, feel much safer and steady on the highway than the Dusters? or is this a moot point because of modern tech?
How exactly does this relate to the discussion?
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:36 AM
 
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I've never been in a 71 Duster? those were my first cars i drove regularly between 1978 and 1985

NH Dave m3 mitch already answered my questions so you can drop out
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:39 AM
 
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I've never been in a 71 Duster? those were my first cars i drove regularly between 1978 and 1985

NH Dave m3 mitch already answered my questions so you can drop out
Naaaaa, can't do that. Just trying to determine the mindset of someone that would compare a Yaris to a 42 year old Duster
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:39 AM
 
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mitch i once clocked the mileage on the no frills Duster and it came out to 18 in normal usage. not sure if this was on the low side or not (car may have not been tuned up) but i do remember CR's 1973 Valiant got 18 mpg on a 300 mile trip
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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why does my Yaris which weighs 600 lbs less than those Dusters, feel much safer and steady on the highway than the Dusters? or is this a moot point because of modern tech?
LOL !! I'd take the Duster anyday over a Yaris. Preferably a 340 Duster or Demon but a slant 6'r would be fine.
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