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Old 04-06-2010, 05:14 PM
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Mopar 360 "budget build"?

A friend gave me a mopar 360/Torqueflite 727 pulled from a Winnebago motorhome. The original engine and tranny was shot,s o he pulled a low-mileage unit from a sedan and used the motorhome until the roof collapsed. He gave me the motor for free.

Block number is 4006830-36-06 and it has 974 heads, 2BBl carb, electronic distributor. While externally grungy from leaky valve cover gaskets, internally, it looks to be in relatively good shape, no sludge, plugs look good, oil looks OK.

I remember that HorsePower TV did a "budget build on one of these and produced some good numbers (300HP) with a new cam, manifold, carb and ignition, but try to find something on their website! Nothing but PR releases and ads; no tech info.

So how about some recommendations for a "budget build". I don't have a car to put this in, but I can always find somebody's project-without-an-engine for sale. I think it would look good in a Ford or Chevy . . .

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Some magnum heads might wake it up.
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Some magnum heads might wake it up.
I'm sure it would. The 360 Mopar seems to be a sleeper small block with lots of potential.

But 300 to 350 HP in a '30's-era pickup would be fine for a shop truck. The Horespower buildup looks like about $1500 vs. $4000 (in 2000 dollars) for the Car Craft build.
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Try craigs or the local junkyards. I bet you can find some magnum heads for cheap. Get a cam and decent intake manifold and you can get to 300 hp no problem.
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I got a copy of Larry Shepard's "How to Hot Rod Small Block Mopar Engines", 1989 (first) edition. The engine is a '75-'76. The book offers a number of low-buck suggestions for better performance.

All I could find out about the HorsepowerTV build was that they got most of their parts from Summit and had a budget of $2500. Comments on the Mopar sites indicate that they spent too much for the HP they got and for the high performance build, selected sub-optimal parts. The Mopar guys also didn't like Mike's (the young one) attitude about Mopar motors.

I cleaned up the engine, replaced the valve cover gaskets, changed the oil and "pre-lubed" it; sprayed Kroil in the cylinders and put it all in a plastic bag until I can find a car or truck to put it in.
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