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Old 06-13-2005, 12:45 PM
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440 chrysler Model A

What does everybody think? I have a 1931 Model A, that I have planned for a LT1 SBC. But I just thought of putting a 440 Chrysler engine in it. I will box the frame for either engine, is there anything else I would need to do to the chassis to hold up to the 440? Do you see many 440's in Model A's? I have never seen one here in Michigan. I also have 383's but I think the 440 would be the best of the 2.

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A SBC is a hood full for a Model A........

A 440 is longer, wider and heavier........major firewall issues .......and the width with exhaust may be too wide for a Model A hood to close.......without the 440 being 6 or 8 inches into the car.

Cooling......a whole lot of Model A guys have trouble keeping a 350 Cubic inch Chevrolet cool ........in a Model A. .......And you are going to add almost 100 cubic inches...?

But it would be DIFFERENT.......!!

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I agree with Deuce. It can be done but you're looking at some major mods to the firewall at the least. Exhaust won't be a problem if your going fender-less but as Deuce said it sure would be different.

One alternative you might consider if you want to go Mopar would be one of the Mopar small blocks 340/360 or even a hopped up 318 might be a better choice. Just a suggestion.
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its a shame, the 440 is about the finest engine. garranteed to give the full blast off!
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What does everybody think? I have a 1931 Model A, that I have planned for a LT1 SBC. But I just thought of putting a 440 Chrysler engine in it. I will box the frame for either engine, is there anything else I would need to do to the chassis to hold up to the 440? Do you see many 440's in Model A's? I have never seen one here in Michigan. I also have 383's but I think the 440 would be the best of the 2.

Steve
Go for it! Box the frame all the way back. Set the engine back far enough to run the stock water pump / fan combo. Use a good aftermarket radiator (I prefer Walker). The firewall will of course have to be set back and this will take away from interior leg room. If you desire to run a hood; use just the top sections. Leave the side panels off to "Show what You've got" and I think lake pipe style headers would really set the look off well. ENJOY!!!

I like this choice for the difference and the awesome results.
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