What would think this truck would bring if it was totally restored ?
This project is being done by twins going into automobile / diesel
school this fall . Better to have a gas or diesel engine if they want to
sell this truck ? Right now its got a gas engine. Any problems that the
boys should know about ?
On Tue, 30 May 2006 14:10:27 +0000 (UTC), Drew Cutter
YOu are going to need to make sure that you install a vacum pump to
run accessories that require it and heavier front springs for the
added weight. If you really want to make it unique and bring a good
dollar (if you want max profit) find a 440 V8 and put that in at as it
was a option back then and some 4 wheeler would jump at getting a old
restored Dodge with a 440 in it. If you do, use a 73 or later 440 as
it will have hardened vaves and seat for unleaded fuel.
On Wed, 31 May 2006 16:16:05 +0000 (UTC), Drew Cutter
I know but since you were considering one type of engine change, you
might consider a 440 swap too as it would be a whole new "animal". 440
powered ones are REALLY rare today and one restored would bring top
I think the boys would be happy if they could get it offroad ready. Is a
roll cage absolute necessary or does it depend on what type of offroad
you are doing ? Any suggestion on where to find a 440 engine new or used ?
If the truck is for off-road use only a roll cage might be worthwhile. Roll
cages in street vehicles are a safety hazard unless all the occupants wear a
helmet every time the vehicle is driven. If you get in a wreck and hit your
head on the cage it's like getting hit in the head with a metal baseball
bat. Padding on the bars isn't very effective either. That only reduces the
impact to getting hit in the head with a padded bat. A frame mounted roll
bar in the bed would be a better choice if you drive it on the street.
As far as finding a used engine, I'd first check the local newspaper for
cheap running 440 donor vehicles. If you find nothing there check the
junk-yards and eBay.
Big block truck conversion article:
You want one out of a motorhome or a boat. Do not worry about post-73
as you will want to have hardened exhaust valve seats installed in the
heads: the induction hardened castings are of little benefit. I have
seen running , but disgusting, motorhomes for less than a good engine:
find one where the duffer died in it for a really good buy. Getting rid
of the carcass is difficult, unless burning is an option.
I would rather have a 360 or a 383 for daily driving in a 1/2 or 3/4
ton because of fuel mileage. A 440 gives a little more power, lots more
fuel burn. Look to intelligent gearing and tuning-exhaust, cam, and
EFI-for pulling power, not raw displacement, unless you have a secret
stash of free fuel.
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