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Old 07-22-2010, 05:41 PM
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383 build for buddy.

hey guys. my buddy is wants to put a 383 stroker in his daughters 86 dodge pickup for a grad present. his hp goals are 325 with comparable torque. his buddy told him he would charge him 10k to get it done, but i think i could get a motor with those goals done for about 3K. am I in the ball park? what would you guys suggest for the combo? what would it take to put a 383 in a dodge?

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10k for a 325hp 383? Whats he smoking. You can get a crate motor with 450hp for 5k and build 430hp 475tq like I did for about 3500
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Something is askew here.

Chrysler Corporation built a 383 for years. It was not called a 383 stroker, just a 383.

A 383 stroker generally refers to a small block Chevy that starts with a 350 block, bored +0.030" and fitted with a 3.750" stroke crank.

If I were tasked with adding some beans to an '86 Dodge truck, I would stay with the same basic engine family as the 318 that probably came stock in it. In other words, I would use a 360 or I might even install a 4.000" stroker crank and make it a 408. This engine is very common among Mopar guys and the parts to build it are readily available.

Ask your friend if he would like to build a 408. A very good friend of mine, Dennis Maurer, is a Mopar wizard who owns a performance shop complete with dyno. I can ask him for the details of a 408 build, although it would be a cake walk to pull 325 out of a warmed-over 360.
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he wants a 383 stroker. stroked 350 chevy. I am gonna try to talk him into what you said, stroking the 360 thats already in it. much cheaper I think and would not have any mounting fab to make it work. Yeah tech if you could pm me with a 408 build combo that would be great! I think he will be better off goin that route. lol I dont know what the heck his other buddy was smokin? I laughed my but off when he told me that!
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Pull out a decent 360 mopar and install a 383 Chevy??????????? is your buddy nuts!!!! ...and sacrilegious? Just build the 360, there's lots of perf. parts and I'm sure Tech's friend can dial up a great parts list. Man, talk about wasting money.
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Pull out a decent 360 mopar and install a 383 Chevy??????????? is your buddy nuts!!!! ...and sacrilegious? Just build the 360, there's lots of perf. parts and I'm sure Tech's friend can dial up a great parts list. Man, talk about wasting money.
yeah i know! thats what I was thinkin. he could totally get the same ammount out of that 360 that he wants in a 383 just cheaper and less work. with not having to fab motor mounts and hookin up the trans. i am gonna urge him to stick with his 360. plus I am a bowtie person so I would have to not talk to him anymore if he put a chevy motor in a dodge!
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He's nuts alright. Why would anyone want to put a POS Chevy in a Mopar? Wait.... I can think of a couple reasons. He wants everyone to laugh at his daughter and subject her to disdain from any and all Mopar fanatics, or most likely, he just wants to lower the performance so she won't get in trouble with speeding tickets. Yep, that must be it. Its either that or he enjoys throwing money away.

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a good running 383 out of the 60's muscle cars runs about $5k.. 4bbl models have at least 325 hp.

frame stands can be gotten out of a big block pickup from the 70's, and the radaitor for the same thing.. yup 325 hp bolt in for 1/2 of what he is expecting to pay, or will pay converting the truck to a Chevy.. spend an extra $1,000 to freshen up the engine if a fresh engine is really required

late 60's Dodge pickups can also be found with 383's, and I saw 1 a few weeks ago for $1,900 and it was drivable. just needed some cosmetic work
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[QUOTE=Centerline]He's nuts alright. Why would anyone want to put a POS Chevy in a Mopar? Wait.... I can think of a couple reasons. He wants everyone to laugh at his daughter and subject her to disdain from any and all Mopar fanatics, or most likely, he just wants to lower the performance so she won't get in trouble with speeding tickets. Yep, that must be it. Its either that or he enjoys throwing money away.

LoL. I love it! all I can say is atleast its a mopar and not a ford! lol
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can we use the stock heads for the build? will they flow enough for this app?
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An 86 Dodge Pickup for a girls graduation present.

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I don't see any "issue" at all, maybe the young lady likes trucks and has had her eye on this '86 for a long time.
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keep the 360, the 360 and 318 is the only thing dodge has ever done right in their entire history. Plus it will be a hell of a lot less work and it will keep the truck original! Now if he was trying to build a drag truck I would say dump the mopar and install a bowtie. Because, "Everyone Looks Good In A Bowtie"
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