The 1970 Dodge Challenger, according to Car Life magazine, hit the quarter mile in 13. Copyright © 1989 Richard Ehrenberg. The automaker's ill-conceived Lean Burn system in 1977 had attempted to get the 440 to burn less fuel, but the system was fraught with problems. Looking at the torque, the numbers were also impressive, especially considering the substantial cam timing and the large single-plane intake manifold. These low compression motors just wont make any horsepower will they? Topping it off The original 440cid cylinder heads used here were of an open chamber design.
A Milodon pickup and Milling pump went in prior to installing the windage tray and oil pan. I think he said it was running chevy 454 rods. The 361 would continue in production until the end of the series, albeit only for truck installation. Total cost including buying the drive train was about 3 grand. Legions of 2 bbl and slant 6 car owners have been doing this kind of low buck build since the 1970's. Standard Catalog of Chrysler, 1924-1990. With the intention of retaining the factory valvetrain, a hydraulic flat-tappet cam was the only possible choice.
Just to the right of the distributor is a bit of smooth steel which has a number code stamped in it. Up front, we had a stock iron water pump housing and a beltdriven stock replacement water pump. Factory big-block rods are strong forgings and reliable in milder performance applications up to 6,500 rpm. Chrysler also wanted a 383 cubic inch engine, to avoid having a smaller engine than the lesser Dodge. The specs for that year 440 are the same or nearly the same as a 1974 440. Pete Lots of motorhomes with Dodge chassis used the 413 engine too.
It continued as standard on the 1961 300-G, and remained on the option sheets for Chrysler 300s through 1964. A simple 440 that anyone can build We all know the 440 big-block is the largest displacement V-8 engine built by Chrysler, and when it comes to a combination of torque, power, and drivability, the 440 ranks as one of the best engines ever built. Hemi Andersen wrote that changing the crankshaft also meant the need for an eccentric weight in the harmonic balancer, and the addition of a weight to the torque converter. We had it bored out to 4. The manifold is available for standard Holley squarebore or Dominator carburetors.
The kind that makes driving fun and effortless. The foundation for the 440 is this Mopar Performance iron block. Hey i have a built 440 with 727 trans will trade or sell lots done to engine and trans will snap drive shaft in a heart beat under 200 miles on all power train have 15000. The 426 was rated by Dodge at 415-425 gross horsepower and 470-480 lb-ft of torque; the 413, at 410-420 hp and 460-470 lb-ft. I found a cream puff New Yorker with 75k on the odo that was going to derby. You can also see the Mopar Performance electronic distributor. The motor home our engine was in only showed some 40,000 miles on the odometer, and was only used once or twice a year for family vacations.
The cost effectiveness comes from modifying the areas where the factory combination falls short, while retaining the components that will serve well in a basic street performance combination. It is worth noting that early 1969 440s had the same connecting rods and crankshaft as in 1968, but heavier connecting rods were introduced around three months into 1969 model-year production; to offset the added weight, a new crankshaft and rebalanced vibration damper and flywheel were used. Sure, we would all like a monster stroker engine combo filled with a catalog of aftermarket parts, but a sweet street cruiser with plenty of punch is as simple as building on what the factory delivered. Hemi valve springs and chrome-flashed valve stems combined with molly rings and a dual-point sparker to guarantee hi-rev action. The kind that makes driving fun and effortless.
No other axles were available. As an old hot-rodder, I wanted more. All engines can be custom painted to match your vehicle at your request. This gave the police 0 to 60 mph in the seven second range during an age where performance was declining. The rockers must be assembled on the shaft as shown so the rocker tips line up properly over the valve tips. External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to.
The Ultra Pro-Magnum rocker kit comes with the rocker arms, adjustors, new shafts, and the necessary spacers. On July 4, 1971, four cars with 426 cubic inch versions of the 440 with ported 440 heads were entered in the Daytona Grand National race, and they finished 1-2-3-4. After starting the engine and running it through a break-in cycle, we let it cool down, double checked valve lash, and were ready to make some test pulls. Admittedly, this is a big cam, which will definitely make its presence known with that boulevard lope that echoes horsepower. Thus, the 1960 Chrysler 300F and 1961 300G had a long-tube ram induction system, boosting power to 495 pound-feet; it remained on the option sheets for Chrysler 300s through the 1964 cars.