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Old 07-15-2002, 06:07 AM
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Got a 47 Dodge coupe on a trade, not a bad looking old car, bone stock. Thinking about building rod out of it to sell to finance other projects. Found a 69 440 at a decent price, now my questions. Will a transmission out of a full size 85 van with 318 bolt up to this 440?? If I rebuild front suspension, put on disc brake kit, how will it ride?? What steering box will fit as the original has too much play??
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Old 07-15-2002, 01:43 PM
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glad to see another mopar guy out there. i had a '48 dodge and now i'm working on a '47 plymouth. Anyway, i don't think the tranny will bolt up to the big block. Also, i think you will have a hard time with the steering box. There is not a lot of room between the rails on these frames. I am going to put in a 360 in my car. The car i got the engine from had about 41"? between the frame rails, and it had a steering box. Our frames are quite a bit narrower. I would try and fit a power steering rack on there to save space. I think the suspension should be ok. These cars ride very comfortably. But, there is a lot of body roll. You could probably change out the rubber bushings and maybe put on a heavier sway bar on the front. If your car is like mine, then the swaybar is very small, only about 5/8" diam. If you need a brake kit you can go to <a href="http://www.mpbrakes.com" target="_blank">www.mpbrakes.com</a> or contact PlyDo, they have a brake kit which uses original spindles with GM calipers and Chrysler rotors. Kit is about $200.

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Old 07-16-2002, 06:58 PM
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JP, thanks for the reply. What transmission will work with the 440. I have a 360 and trans. but engine needs rebuilding. I can buy the 440 with 3000 miles for $450. Can't rebuild the 360 for that. Also, I have thought about a rack, do you know what works?? I haven't even pulled the original 6cyl out yet. Just checking and making plans. This will be my first Mopar buildup, I did have a 64 Fury with a 426 wedge. I've kicked myself for years for letting that one go.
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Jack,

that '64 sounds awesome. That would be a nice ride to have today. I guess on your 440 you'll have to find a 727/747 torqueflite. Not sure what else will work on there. I haven't done anything with my car yet for steering. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I was thinking about making a crossmember for the engine mounts and the attaching the rack to that somehow. I don't think it is impossible, just needs some good planning.

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