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What kind of engine do you have in your 55-56 Plymouth/Dodge?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by xhotrodder, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,530


    OK Guys, What kind of engines are you running in your 55 & 56 Plymouths or Dodges?
  2. 35desoto
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 760


    325 Dodge engine in my 55 Ply bodied Desoto - This kept the original style Poly rocker covers with extra oomph! Motor is cammed with 4 barrel manifold
  3. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,586

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    How about the original 277 poly motor? By the way, you wouldn't have a good 3 speed manual transmission would you?
  4. 35desoto
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 760


    Down under we got the 277 in the 56's and 99% of our cars were auto's. All the 55's sold new here witrh a v8 got the 259/260 Plymouth Hifire poly motor. Again our market had the Desoto export models which were the ply bodys with Desoto trim/grille etc.
    There are a few here with later model LA engines and quite as few get the BB treatment yet with these conversions you need to change diff and brakes at the same time to accomodate the bigger horse power and handbrake location
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  5. Originally a 277 Poly car, mine is soon-to-be a 440 4-bbl. Got it sitting on the stand right now. All I have left to do on that 440 now is finish bolting it together, since the carb, dizzy, valve covers, intake and exhaust manifolds are just sitting on the long block, waiting for me to put the gaskets on and bolt them down!
  6. rbmain
    Joined: Jan 6, 2009
    Posts: 46

    from Newark, CA

    A Canadian 55 Dodge 259 hemi. Richard

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  7. I have a 225 slant six with a 904 automatic tranny from a 74 Dodge Dart in my 56 C-3 pick-up.
  8. Bucky245
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 6


    where do i find 259 ploy rebuild kits or will the hemi kits interchange ive done some looking and cant find any im sure this isn't the right place to put this but i though i would give it a try

  9. rosco gordy
    Joined: Jun 8, 2010
    Posts: 648

    rosco gordy

    mopar what else.....
  10. RacerRick
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,753


    Egge and kanter have poly rebuild kits last time I checked. Watch out though - they are pricey!

    I have actually gotten custom forged aftermarket pistons made to my specs cheaper then those guys sell some cast replacement pistons, so do your homework before you order!
  11. 58 wagon
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 256

    58 wagon
    from tucson,az

    we had a 350,th350 in our 55 savoy wagon
  12. tedster
    Joined: Mar 20, 2005
    Posts: 519


    Thats just rude.
  13. sickboy713
    Joined: Sep 9, 2007
    Posts: 263

    from oildale

    original 277 with powerflite. has a cam, weiand intake w/ 4bbl carb dual exhaust.
  14. Lakehouse51
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 34

    from Virginia

    392 hemi, 3-on the tree o/d very eazy swap!
  15. Sgt Rock
    Joined: Sep 13, 2010
    Posts: 32

    Sgt Rock

    383 all done up waiting to be fitted....any suggestions regarding the oil filter fitting...looks like I will have to cut deep into the motor cross member to get it to fit.

    Can anyone send me pictures of motor mounts for a big block mopar in their 55 or 56?
  16. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    how was it:confused:
  17. SteppinOut
    Joined: Jul 19, 2008
    Posts: 542


    Nothing in mine yet, but a 318 poly automatic with 53000 miles is sitting on a pallet next to it waiting for me to have time.
  18. 55 Royalty
    Joined: Aug 31, 2019
    Posts: 2

    55 Royalty

    '56 354 with all shine in my 55 royal. IMG_1891.JPG
  19. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,349

    from Napa

    There's always gotta be a Chebbrainwashed in every thread, eh?
  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,531


    I had a Red Ram Dodge hemi in a 55 Plaza tudor post that I had when I got drafted. Dad's landlord had it hauled off one day while I was in Vietnam along with a 57 Plymouth tudor post that wasn't mine.
    There are so many Mopar choices that work that it boggles the mind a bit.
    318 Poly engines that look like they were born there. 318, 360 that can be found all over the place (340 being in the too cool but too hard to find and a tad spendy group) 383/440 if you want power or lots of power.
    The engine kit for the 330 Desoto hemi I have in the shed is over 1000 bucks and that is just a couple of boxes of parts. Even just farming the machine work out and doing the assembly myself that is going to be expensive for a mild street motor. Unless you have really deep pockets the hemis are out of reach for a lot of guys these days.
  21. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,745


    I have said this before. Long ago, at Bremerton Raceway, were the Bertolli brothers. One had a very nice, BBC powered, Ford Falcon (early style) Hardtop; the other had a 55 or 56 Dodge 4 door sedan, known as the "Quad Dodge"; 340-Torqueflite powered drag car. Real low dollar, but effective combination for the bracket class it ran. Never knew what happened to either of the brothers, let alone their cars. The Quad Dodge was a really odd combination to say the least.
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  22. radarsonwheels
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 167

    from Philly

    I’m gonna squeak in here with my 54 pickup I have a 512 low deck stroker in there

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