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Old 10-06-2003, 03:14 PM
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i am going to rebuild an engine to put in my 79 chief. I want to keep the drive train stock from the manual trans back. I have three engine choices but not sure which one to go with.

Amc 360
Big block chrysler 400
Chevy 350

I know the rebuild kit for the 350 will be the cheapest but i don't have that engine on hand like the other two. The 360 would be the easiest to install but the most expensive to rebuild. The 400 doesn't need a rebuild but the hardest to install.
Anyone installed a Big block mopar before?
Anyone have any suggestions or preferences on motors?

thanks for any info
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:48 PM
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I go for the big block just for the cool factor. As for help on installing it, I can't help ya there. You may want to cross post in the general tech forum, some of those guys know all there is to know about engine swaps.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:58 PM
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I would go with ether the 360 or the 350 unless there is some easy way to install the 400 and save a buck.
400 isnt a very big "Big Block". If I were going big, and i am, I would go with big displacement.
500 Cad, one of the 455s, 454-502+ Chev, 460 Ford, or even a 440 Mopar.
Otherwise you could go with a chevy 350 for great parts and HP per $$$, or the 360 which can be a good engine with the right attention to the oiling system.
A good 400 is the SBC 400.
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Old 10-07-2003, 03:22 PM
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If your thinking mopar BB a well built 383 would be most weight/budget friendly bang for the buck, 400's can be built to a nice stroker with a 440 crank making 452 cubes but I have heard of crank problems w/ high RPM's due to alot of 440 crank being turned off to fit the 400 journals. A 440 can be stroked to over 500 inches with a 4.15 crank, $$$$$$. Another note , a Chryco 360 can also be stroked to over 400 some odd inches, making a relatively light and stout mill. I have some 383/440 stuff but you should be able to turn one up relatively easy.
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