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Old 01-13-2020, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Truck, Lookin for Advice and Ideas

Hey Y'all,
So, this is my second post and I'm here for more advice and such. I've got one truck that I was given as a gift, but it doesn't have anything I could do with it. (It's had enough done to it that I couldn't afford to improve it at this current time) Now, another truck has come my way and I've gotten it for free, there was a trade involved with this situation, and my dad and I are going to build it together. It's a 1986 Dodge Regular Cab Short-bed. HOWEVER: That's just the body. The entire mechanical system is a 1973 Dodge 318 4x4. I'm looking for ideas on how to build the engine to get some more horsepower/torque. (I/my dad has access to a local Machine shop after hours... he used to work there) So, I'm just lookin for advice!
- Jack
TLDR: Looking for a way to improve a 318 Mopar Engine for a 1973 4x4 Regular Cab Pickup.

EDIT Y'ALL:
Hey Y'all! I have some great news, (for my truck.. and my wallet), I've just got a 440 for it! To top it off; I also got a 205 Transfer Case, Dana 70 Rear, and a Dana 60 Front! I'm damn lucky that my dad has so many friends and that he and his brothers (he has 4, 2 of which are building/improving their own big block Mopar Engines) So through his connections I've found all of this stuff pretty inexpensive. And, the axels I'm getting were originally my dads! I'm super excited to build this with him and just wanted y'all's advice on any 440 ideas! Thank you so much for your time and I'll try to respond as soon as I can between work, my college classes and homework... and working on it!
-Jack

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Old 01-13-2020, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Swap in a 360/383/440
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Motor Trend has done a few 318's and made decent power. Have you ever watched roadkill garage? Steve Dulcich loves 318's. I'd google "318 budget build motor trend" and see what comes up. I know that around Saskatchewan, finding anything other than a 318 for a mopar is a lot of money.
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just make it reliable and solid.

As mentioned, build a 360/383/440, you could buy a 94+ 360 for damn near nothing and build a 408 in its place if you wish.

TLDR - dont waste money on the 318 looking for power.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Look up Uncle Tony's Garage on youtube, he's probably the best source of dirt cheap Mopar build info. Their "Project BottleRocket" is built around a 318 with lots of cheap tricks.
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Look up Uncle Tony's Garage on youtube, he's probably the best source of dirt cheap Mopar build info. Their "Project BottleRocket" is built around a 318 with lots of cheap tricks.
Tony definitely got some crazy and awesome tricks, worth watching their videos.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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reliability goes a long ways
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