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Need input Magnum engines

Discussion in 'Engine Swaps & Builds' started by Lonesome7.3, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. Lonesome7.3

    Lonesome7.3 By whatever means necessary …

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    I am weighing my options on which engine to stab into my 72 Dodge D200 build. I do not know much about the Magnums and I think I may want to use one to replace my original 318. I want this truck to be a daily driver and pull trailers. Reliability and fuel consumption are my priorities. Moe than likely I will get a core and rebuild it. What year should I look for? Are there block or head numbers I should look for? What MOPAR models should I look for? I am assuming they already have serpentine set ups on them. Any other input I should know about I would appreciate
     
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    kingofaces I'm NEW... What now?

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    Are you talking newer as in efi 318 and 360? If so I say 318. I've had both. 360 is powerful but loves gas


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    OldCracker29 I've been knocked down drug out and left for dead

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    Awe hell Louis. Just shop around for a '68-'69 383 magnum or a 440 police interceptor and have yourself a sleeper truck. :D
     
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    Dartboy I actually AM too lazy to Choose a Custom Title

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    I had the 318 Magnum in a 92 Dakota pickup, first year they came out I believe. It leaked oil from the rear main seal from the day I bought it to the day I traded it in 3 years/18K miles later for an F150 because I got tired of bringing it back to the dealer for repair. I saw my old truck at a gas station a couple years ago, so I guess it lasted. Despite having an oil pump failure during my brief ownership- though I chalk that up to an incompetent dealership service crew. :D

    Pretty good power and fuel economy, as I recall, though it was a long time ago.
     
  5. kingofaces

    kingofaces I'm NEW... What now?

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    I agree with the 440 idea. Stroke it out and throw a 200 shot on it! Tons of smiles per gallon. And sleeper status.


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  6. Lonesome7.3

    Lonesome7.3 By whatever means necessary …

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    I would like to keep a 318 in this old truck. I am guessing if 92 is the first year, I might want to find one a few years newer. I know the first year something comes out is before the bugs get worked out.
     

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