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MCG Garage 828d00 General 1970-1972 Plymouth - Satellite

Pistol Grip wagon

About 25 years ago, you mentioned in Mopar Action that you had run across a strange Mopar in a junkyard and took the fender tag as a souvenir. It was a ’72 Satellite wagon with a 400 4-bbl and a factory Pistol Grip 4-speed. Any idea what became of the car?

TJ-

Yes, I remember that well! Pistol grip, 400, manual steering! It was rusted to the roof, and, while I don’t know for sure, I’d give you 50:1 odds that it is still driving around…as 3 or 4 Hyundais!

Rick

almost 2 years ago
cuda 1970 General 1970-1974 Plymouth - Barracuda

1970 Barracuda 318 4 speed pistol grip

Hi Richard ,
I am planning to buy a 1970 Barracuda 318 4 speed and Sure Grip Axle from factory .
I know that it was only 945 318 4 speed built in 1970.

My question is : what kind of value you can see in a car like that ?
Is this car can be more valable than a 1970 Cuda 383 or 440 automatique ?

Thank you for your help.

Cyril

Classic-

In general, a ’Cuda is more highly prized than a base-model Barracuda. I can see few circumstances that would be an exception to this rule.

Possibly if the Barracuda were very highly optioned, hi-impact color, etc., it could approach a ’Cuda’s value.

As always, condition is key! Sure, if this car is an unrusted, low-mileage survivor, and the ’Cuda you are comparing it against is a rusted hulk, then, naturally, the base model wins. But apples to apples? No way.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Smitty's C General 1972-1978 Chrysler

400 engine machine work

This maybe a crazy question, but here’ goes: Will a rotating assembly kit for a 440 cu engine fit into a 400 and if so with what modification. I have all components from a 440 that was bored 0.030. Now, if this does not work then I may have to find a 440 block.

Larry-

There’s two facets to this:

> The 440 (RB, also 413 and 426 CID) has larger main bearings, and, therefore, larger main bearing bores in the block than B engines (350/361/383/400). To use a 440 crank in a 400 the block must be align bored to the 440 side. Some folks cut the crankshaft journals to 400 size, but that weakens it significantly.

> The RB has a taller deck height than a B. Therefor, you need some combination of shorter con rods and/or “hockey puck” pistons.

The 440 was in a bazillion cars from 1966 thru 1978; the 400 was 1972 thru 1978.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Smitty's C General 1968-1971 Dodge - Charger

383 Engine Upgrades

Stock 383 baseline, would you bore/stroke the engine, port new aluminum heads, dual plane intake manifold and Holley Carb. running pump gas and is reliable. Thanks in advance of your response.

Larry-

Since you told me via e-mail that the virgin 383 (presumably matching numbers) is still in the car, I’d sure remove it and park it, sealed up, in a corner of the garage. Then, if want some real HP out of a B-engine, find a clean used 400, add a stroker crank, and have at it.

Depending on heads, cam, manifolding, etc., 700 HP isn’t difficult. A nice mild 500HP 496" B-engine would be a pleasure, even the least expensive aluminum heads would get you there (440source.com).

Much above that power level you need a single plane manifold.

The carb: If Holley, be sure it is vacuum secondaries. My choice: 800 CFM Ed AVS.

There’s no shortage of Mopar-specific machine shops to help you with anything you need, from a rotating assembly to a drop-in complete engine.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Lyle W Restoration 1965-1967 Dodge - Coronet

Reference numbers

What does the numbers on the radiator support 1008088 & trunk lip 1008000 mean on a 1966 Dodge Coronet 500?

Lyle-

That’s the Sales Order number, sometimes referred to as the SO or VON.

Obviously one of your contains a typo!

There are several ways to “tie” to SO number to the VIN:

> The broadcast sheet
> The date plate (L fender apron)
> The IBM card (from Chrysler Historical for $35)

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Smitty's C Restoration 1962-1971 Plymouth

727 Tranny

383 engine with 4B/Carb with 323 gearing in the rear would you keep the 727 or would you select after market auto tranny with over-drive for high-way cruising.

Larry-

The only bolt-in aftermarket OD automatic has a very low first gear, which means the car will kind of “fall on its face” on the 1-2 shift, but the OD is sweet, as is the lockup converter. (shiftsst.com )

3.23:1 cogs aren’t at all bad for cruising, 2.94 is even better.

It comes down to this: You pays your money and you takes your choice!

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Smitty's C Restoration 1970-1974 Dodge - Challenger

71 Challenger Convertible

Restoring a 71 Challenger Convertible with factory A/C. Production numbers suggest 126 car were manufactured with 383 4B/Carb.

Larry-

Yes, the K-H (pin type) brakes were quite good. Modern aluminum staggered-bore calipers (EG: Brembo) are better, but the K-H’s still hold up well when you consider that they were inexpensive mass-produced items.

I’d not touch an aftermarket K-member setup if you paid me, unless the car is to be drag-only.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Lyle W Restoration 1965-1967 Dodge - Coronet

Numbers on VIN tag

Restoring a 1966 Dodge 500 Coronet Convertible 383 4 brl VIN # WP27-G61-111617. Numbers in the trunk is 1008000 (I think, number is hard to read). Can you tell me how to read the meaning of these numbers for paint etc. Is there a book available to explain the numbers?

Lyle-

Yes, I can decode the data plate, but even better is giving Chrysler Historical their $35 for a photocopy of the build card. (make it $55 and they will decode it)

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Mopar Jack's My Car 1967-1976 Dodge - Dart

A body buckets

Hi Richard, happy new year. I have a ‘71 Dodge/Swinger 360 4 spd slightly modified but have a factory stock exterior & interior w,bench seat. What bucket seat from a bit more modern vehicle that can easily fit. Don’t want a high bucket, but would like the seats in MA’s April edition ‘71 black Cuda. I am looking for a junk yard special. If they need work that’s OK, just want the bucket seat look & feel.
Thanks,
Jack

Jack-

Do what everybody else does: Go to the junkyard with a tape measure, there’s a wide array. The fabricate brackets and floor pan reinforcements.

The alternative: Buy aftermarket seats with bolt-in bracket kits. (You’d then still need the factory-clone bucket-seat floor pan reinforcements.)

Rick

almost 2 years ago
Tater's Mechanical 1970-1974 Plymouth - Barracuda

Carb and Manifold

Just started work on a 74 Cuda with a 318 and looking to replace the factory Carb and Manifold. What combo would you recommend?

Doyle-

All OEM manifolds, and, to the best of my knowledge, all currently-available aftermarket aluminum manifolds, are 340/360 intake-port size. Using any of these will result in a port mismatch, giving up some of the gains you’d normally glean from the improved manifolding.

Consider this your golden opportunity to swap on a pair of #308 heads (‘89-’92 360). These are cheap, easy to find, and best production LA heads ever made. And they’re unleaded-ready.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
A body fanatic General 1962-1989 Plymouth

Retro ABS on Mopar

I swore you did an article a long time ago about putting an ABS system on an old Mopar. I’d love to take on that project. Keep up the good work.

Keith-

Yes, I did a RWAL swap using junkyard parts for Mopar Action. It worked out extremely well and generated a lot of positive feedback.

moparaction.com includes a back-issue index and ordering instructions.

Rick

almost 2 years ago
demort71 Mechanical 1971-1993 Dodge - 1/2-Ton Pickup

recommended cam specs mild street 360LA

Dear Richard…next year I want to build a new 360LA motor for my 78 Lil Red Express. I would be happy with 350 to 400 HP without stroking it. Any thoughts on the specs of the cams I should be considering to make this a reliable motor with some growl? Thanks!

Randy-

I’d sure re-think the entire build….a 390 HP crate motor clone (Magnum), with EQ heads, makes and easy 400+. The hydraulic roller is the way to go!

But, if you must, to make 400HP with LA heads, you’ll need something in the vicinity of 280-290 deg. advt duration and 0.500"l lift.

Rick

about 2 years ago

Purple trans am

Preparing to sell my mothers 1998 trans am it’s in unbelievable condition with only 28,000 original miles. A friend of the family informed us that it is a rare color and we should get it appraised before selling it… Is this true?

1998 is pretty easy to research value on your own , thanks , Rick McLaughlin

about 2 years ago
Daddy J's Mopars General 1966-1966 Plymouth - Fury III

Reasonable price for a 1966 Plymouth Fury III

Found a 1966 Plymouth Fury III with a 383 for sale. Meets Hagerty’s Condition 4 criteria.

David-

It would mostly depend on the body style, with a secondary consideration being originality.

$14K for a clean driver convertible is in the ballpark, even with the poor body work.

A 4-door sedan might be worth well under $5K, while a 4-door hardtop would ramp that up maybe $1K.

Wagons are a unique, small market. The guys who want the, REALLY want them, so maybe $8-10K. A 2-door hardtop would be in that same range, assuming it is all still there with mostly original components.

I am assuming an original 383 4-BBl. (code 62), a 2-BBl (61) would cut nearly a thou off the value. Note that both were VIN’d G, so be careful.

Rick

about 2 years ago
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