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What Should I Get For My New 440 Engine?

ok my uncle just gave me the right to his 440 that he has had for a while in his garage, well i need a shell that i can restore

first instinct was, a charger or challenger,, well GOOD LUCK WITH THAT huh

well now i was looking at this one guys ford, OOOOOLLLLD truck, like 57, nice, it sits low, has a high cab, and its a SHORT truck from front to back. thats what i would like now, small in length but TALL in hight, and a nice front end.

i FOUND a truck, its a 57 dodge pick up, flat wood bed, and needs resto, ONLY 500 dollars, WTF, well the catch is its in WASHINGTON STATE, HOLE other side of the contenent for me , what should i do, its allll i want is that dodge but it will cost too much to ship and i cant fly in and pick it up ya know.

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First off, you should make sure the 440 is gonna' fit in the engine bay - it's a BIG engine. Second, regardless of which one you get you're gonna' have to do some fabrication on the truck to get a 440 in there - I don't think you'll find off the shelf motor mounts for it. Assuming the engine fits in both trucks, then go for what you like. Most people know that old cars/trucks like that most likely have non-stock engines.

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D76....its not that hard to get the 440s in trucks...goliath...i'll ask my dad what he did to get his big blocks in, and i'll get back to you, but plan on electric fans whatever you do
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70-76 A body Valiant, Duster, Dart, Demon etc

70-74 E body Challenger, Cuda (More Expensive)

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70-76 A body Valiant, Duster, Dart, Demon etc

70-74 E body Challenger, Cuda (More Expensive)

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you mean ridiculously more expensive

but if you want to go fast, do up an A-body...nice and small, light, if you get a Duster or Demon(<-72)/Dart Sport (73->) they look good too...the basic darts and valiants are nice looking, but a little plain
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Re: What Should I Get For My New 440 Engine?

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i FOUND a truck, its a 57 dodge pick up, flat wood bed, and needs resto, ONLY 500 dollars, WTF, well the catch is its in WASHINGTON STATE, HOLE other side of the contenent for me , what should i do, its allll i want is that dodge but it will cost too much to ship and i cant fly in and pick it up ya know.

ANY ADVICE
oh and keep it CHEEP lol

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I live in southwestern Idaho and would be happy to drive it to where you live for you (if the thing runs) for just the cost to get me over to washington, the cost of gas to get it there, and the cost to get me back here. Basically, I'm willing to work for free since this is a Dodge and since I'd get a chance to ogle your 440...

I am serious about this (would have to be sometime after May), so do let me know.

Good luck on your search - perhaps a 67-69 Dart would take kindly to a 440 (tight fit but quick after it's in there).
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1970's Fury's are pretty easy to find and cheap....
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So are 1980's full sizes:
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Well, if you're NOT looking for a truck, my personal favorite is the B-body. Not outrageously expensive and pretty stable at 100 MPH. How about a '71 Satellite that you can turn into a Road Runner clone as you get more money?
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i'm partial to A-bodies...they are smaller, faster, and still stable...if you can find a 69 Barracuda fastback, you can do a replica Barracuda 440 car....and they will haul
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1970's Fury's are pretty easy to find and cheap....
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Those look really good with a set of Cragar SS and they ride sooooo well, too.
Not what I'd choose for a 1/4 miler - but great for a fast cruiser ...
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luxo barges are great for just that...but they are quite heavy, so if you want speed, go A- or B-body...C-bodies are nice for cruising, not so much for speed
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ok ok ok ok ok ok i get it

well i have been missing in action on DI.NET for a few days now, and a freind of a freind of a freind has a DUSTER he might be getting rid of, needs work but ill see when i see i guess.

can someone show me some pics of a nicely done duster, if i remember right its more like the coronet or dart i guess. either way well see how it looks

JUST TO CLARIFY, i AM looking for a crusing machine that WILL handle some heavy speeds everynow and then, but mainly something that will burn rubber into my pocketbooks if u know what i mean. i wanna HAUL ASS up in here.

Oh and on that engine fitting into a truck, just about anything 80 and below will take an engine easyly, ford chevy or what ever. the only reson i wanted a truck was so i can really put it to this old man and his ford by my shop, he allllllways stops at the stopsign by us and just lets it burn, im a start doing it in his driveway lol

<~~~~~ DREAM CAR is a 70-72 chevelle, just cuz the body stile, i love that stuff,, and a chevelle with a 440 in it, who knows


IDAHO96TREP dude i appreaciate the jester but i doubt the amount id put into getting it over here is worth it, but belive me if u want to u can allways come on over and play with the 40

OK ANYONE know if their are any cars , LITTLE cars liek the COBRA that i can find for cheep? well here is the idea, a reallllllly FAST GO KART lmao, no but id like to see if i can find me a nice lil rear wheel drive cobra or suttin ya know, any ideas?

on an END note, im gonna start ebaying for bodys, first thing in the morning,, im gonna go and look for a bpody at a local yard, belive they cary shells their. thanks for the posts, laters

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can someone show me some pics of a nicely done duster, if i remember right its more like the coronet or dart i guess. either way well see how it looks
Basic project Duster
Plain Jane Duster
Nice restored Duster
Racing Duster

JUST TO CLARIFY, i AM looking for a cruising machine that WILL handle some heavy speeds everynow and then, but mainly something that will burn rubber into my pocketbooks if u know what i mean. i wanna HAUL ASS up in here.
If that's what your looking for then the Duster is the way to go - but don't expect to haul many friends in it.
The engine bay will be a tight fit - but not as bad as the Treps.
You may have trouble finding off-the-shelf headers. You'll be stuck with light-duty front suspension (unless you want to spend $$$ to change it).

on an END note, im gonna start ebaying for bodys, first thing in the morning,, im gonna go and look for a bpody at a local yard, belive they cary shells their. thanks for the posts, laters
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BTW - I still think that A-bodies and big-blocks do not mix - those cars were never really designed for that big of an engine ...

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BTW - I still think that A-bodies and big-blocks do not mix - those cars were never really designed for that big of an engine ...
I agree 100% it would be a lot of work to stuff a 440 in an A body. I have freinds who have done it in the past, it was a lot of work, time and after it was done so far off an the wieght distribution that they will never handle that well. IMO I would look for a B body.
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BTW - I still think that A-bodies and big-blocks do not mix - those cars were never really designed for that big of an engine ...
and thats why i still have the 340 in mine...besides, i know the pain it is to work on the barracuda, and that has no inner fenderwells...the onyl headers that work correctly with big blocks in A bodies are ttis...but htey are QUITE pricey, but htey work the best.
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