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Old 09-06-2009, 09:36 AM
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360 out of a dodge durango

i have a 360 that i got out of a late 90's dodge durango and i was wondering if this would be a good block to build on. the only stock parts that i would be using would be the crank. this would be my first build by myself i have helped rebuild a couple of sbc but dont know much about mopar motors. i guess what i trying to find out is can this block be used to build a 400-450hp street/strip motor and is it going to cost a lot more than a chevy build. thanks for the help

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found the casting # 53020006-360 if that helps
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:30 PM
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It'll handle the hp no sweat but how much it costs to build depends on what you have available to you. Generally, Mopars cost more than GM but for me, it would be cheaper because I have a shop full of parts that I have bought over the years at swap meets etc. Very seldom do I not score something that is worth much more than it costs....
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Are you going to keep the EFI? Or go Carb?


I will tell you the stock heads are horrible.
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i plan on puting a carb on it. is this a magnum block and can i run older stock heads on it
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The stock magnum heads are really not bad and there's no reason to go backwards with installing the older LA heads.The small fast-burn combustion chamber of the magnum heads (60 cc) with large squish area allows increased compression on pump gas and reduces the need for excess timing lead (31-32 degrees works well). These heads also offer an excellent exhaust port and a low volume high swirl intake port (153 cc) that provides great low-speed throttle response and enough flow when mildly ported to support nearly 450 HP. The stock beer barrel EFI intake is what's horrible....
Now if you want more, there's aftermarket heads available. A buddy of mine has a 318 stroked out to 390 cubes with alloy heads and it runs low 11's in a steet legal Dakota. Throw a centrifugal blower on it or some funny gas and go faster...
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