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Old 06-14-2009, 11:28 AM
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Building a Little Red Wagon

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I have always love the little red wagon and i would love to build my own. I have found lots of great shots and vid of it back iin the day but love to try to do everything my self to save on the project. I have a small block 350 blower motor that runs just great. Have any of you built one or any advice on the angle of the motor and trans for a non race just fun family project i would love to hear from you Thanks for help Ben

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I assume you're talking about the Dodge "Little Red Wagon" pickup. If you are I must warn you that you won't gain acceptance from the Mopar community by putting a SBC in that truck. Mopar enthusiasts don't like to see a Mopar powered by anything other than a Mopar power plant.

Its your truck so do what you want.... just don't expect the Mopar community to welcome you with open arms. However, the rest of the automotive community probably won't care one way or the other.

Good luck with your build.
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Hi Centerline

I can relate and thanks for the response. The org Red Wagon had a max wedge 426 that would be sweet but way out of our budget. I have my eye on a 64 Ford Econoline my neighbor is selling. We have a 350chevy blower motor and a turbo 350 trans could be a great summer project, anything to get my two boys into the garage hanging with me but they both have found girls so thats one good thing about the this build no back seat and no room in the bed. Thanks again later Ben
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Most people don't know it but you can build a big block Chrysler almost as cheap as a SBC. Although the original Little Red Wagon did have the monster under the hood you could easily stick a stout Mopar 383 or 400 in there. They are a dime a dozen at wrecking yards and it doesn't take much to stroke the 383 to 426 or the 400 to 451.

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Most people don't know it but you can build a big block Chrysler almost as cheap as a SBC. Although the original Little Red Wagon did have the monster under the hood you could easily stick a stout Mopar 383 or 400 in there. They are a dime a dozen at wrecking yards and it doesn't take much to stroke the 383 to 426 or the 400 to 451.

Just an idea.
Even the Mopar guys think Mopar engines are expensive to build! lol. They all want the 400 LD block (for good reason) so the poor old 383 gets shoved into the corner but the 383/400 stock stroke makes for a cool high rpm 'small block in a big block' build up. The 360 makes a good base to build on too since it has a 4" bore and a longer stroke than the very expensive 340 package. I don't have a problem with diffenent make engines in hot rods but seeing a Chevy small block in just about everything possible is so common that it doesn't even attract my attention anymore. Heck, a flathead in that Ford Econo would be very cool in my book but it would just be another "oh well, just another Chevy powered hot rod" otherwise....
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