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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fittytree, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. fittytree
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
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    Im in the process of turning my plymouth into a gasser and as of right now Ive got a small block chevy I'm rebuilding and will drop it in, but I really dont want to. Id rather drop something in that comes from the plymouth blood line. What would of got swapped in back in the day?Im looking to get around 350 horsepower nothing insane. thanks in advance.
     
  2. Rusty O'Toole
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    The Ramchargers first drag car was a 49 Plymouth coupe with a 354 Hemi. Other than that I can't think of a single gasser made out of a flathead six Plymouth.

    A Chev 350 is as good as anything. If you wanted to keep it all Mopar a 400 or 440 would be nice.
     
  3. brad chevy
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    Get rich and put a 340 in it ,if poor go with 318 or built 273. Post some pics of the car.
     
  4. fittytree
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    Pics of they day i brought it home and its current state.

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  5. fenian65
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    I have a built 318 and 904 tranny in my 52 coronet and it sounds like armageddon!...scares little children and animals...
     
  6. George
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    Early Hemi or rear sump 318/340(convert to rear)/360 from a van or pick up.
     
  7. George
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    If you want an early look there's a racing build thread on the 318 Poly currently...
     
  8. hkestes
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    Find an old Poly Motor but be prepared to write the checks.

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  9. Old Dude
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    Personally, I would install a 400 c i Eng. and make it a stroker. They can Haul the mail, if done right ! I have one that I was going to use ten years ago with 727 Tranny. It was a running Engine when i took it out. Check the Stats on building a 400 B B .

    My next choice would be a 440, up to 1971, most had steel crank with 4 bolt main. My Son has a few of them. He is a Mopar Nut. He built a Mud runner with a 572 HEMI with F. I. & Nitro. I have a lot of the parts for 440 speed parts still in box, never opened, I got them from PAW back in 2002. He sold it in pieces, then bought a Harley Roadking. First thing he did with it, is tear Eng. down, to find out ways to make it faster, along with adding all kinds of Billet Stuff.

    A good fit would be a 340 if available, but very scarce. I built a 70 & a '71 Cuda with 340's back in late 70's & early 80's. Made him do majority of work, so he would learn. Ha picked it up dern quick.
     
  10. TR Waters
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    1. Early Hemi Tech

    There were no factory 440 with 4 bolt mains.
     
  11. Rusty O'Toole
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  12. PackardV8
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    No, cheap and easy isn't what you're about. That's not why anyone builds a Plymouth gasser.

    Your opinions may vary, but congrats on your first few days of being strong. Just take it one day at a time and keep saying no to bellybutton. Wish we could be like AA and give little medallions to carry in the pocket and every time a HAMBer felt the urge to cheap out on a SBC in anything other than a Chevy, he could call a sponsor for support.

    Yes, the 383", 400", 440" Mopar is easy and inexpensive, however, my money would go for any of the '50s hemis; Dodge, DeSoto or Chrysler. Second choice, as previously suggested, would be a Mopar Polysphere.

    Don't forget, there were also low, slow gas class cars. A Plymouth flathead 6-cylinder gasser would have had a place to run back in the day.

    Maybe, figure out your budget and figure how to stretch for the right stuff.

    jack vines
     
  13. 49ratfink
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    put the Chevy in it, it will be the smartest thing you ever did. they are not the most popular motor in hot rodding because people like orange, as for bellybutton.. people who think that way most likely are only trying to impress others with thier coolness.
     
  14. 40FordGuy
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    392 Hemi, or a 413 wedge....................Go BIG !!!!!!!!

    4TTRUK
     
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    Its hard to beat a 3118/904 swap there still out there and more then fair.
    Mine was stock and would run I-5 all day at 80MPH and got a good 22 MPG
     
  16. teddyp
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    we put a 360 in a 52 dodge and yes i would put a sbc in it but my buddy that has it loves it
     
  17. selmeski423
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
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    If you really want to be period correct,look for a chrysler industrial flat 6,& vintage speed stuff.They came in 230,250,& 265 cubes.They were used in fire trucks,generators,water pumps,ag equipment like combines,etc.
     

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