1966 Coronet 440 - Brought it home yesterday!

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  1. Joel Talka

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    Hello everyone...

    I'm new to this site and am just getting back into Mopar after lots of years away. I just bought a 1966 Coronet 440 which had led an interesting life. Today it is a 318 4bbl with a 4 speed. From the VIN and what I am told, it started out life as a 225 slant 6 automatic, white versus current red. With the car came a bunch of parts including a 440 block and crank, set of pistons and rods and a pair of heads. Naturally building out that 440 was a factor in the decision to buy.

    I'm enclosing a bunch of pictures of the car and the parts. I would really like to get some thoughts on the block and the heads as far as being OK for a build out. Block and pistons are 30 over.

    Next on the list is to check out the rear.. Just driving around it strikes me that the 4 speed may be a close ratio with the original tall automatic rear.

    Thanks!

    Joel

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    • Slap Stick

      Slap Stick Well-Known Member

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      Nice! What are the plans?
      Inhave a soft spot for 66Coronet 440s as I learned to work on cars on Dad's back in about 67.
       
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      66383 FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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      :welcome: TALKAbout a nice ride!
       
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      • Joel Talka

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        Well, As I look it over it still needs some TLC. Again I think there is a mismatch between the 4 speed and the rear so that needs to get addressed. The guy I got it from did a lot of electrical "stuff" which I need to figure out and correct..for instance there are separate switches for the electric fuel pump and power to the ignition..if you shut the key off the motor continues running..stuff like that... Once I get the basics straightened out then hopefully comes the 440 motor..just need to save up the $$$.

        The body is actually pretty good for its age..it was repaired and whoever did it did a nice job; including new trunk pan and repaired rear quarters. Looks good even up close. The rear bumper and trunk lid still need some restoration work.. I might swap out the Edelbrock AFB for a Holly...with an electric choke.

        Aside from that, I'm looking forward to swap meets and cruise nights!!

        Joel

        PS... My "learning how to" car was my father's 1968 Satellite 318 auto...could not kill those cars!
         
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        • mr. b

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          nice looking coronet keep us posted on your progress
           
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          • 69 Sleeper Bee

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            Welcome from North Florida!!!
            Sweet ride :thumbsup:
             
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            • Jerry Hall

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              You have a solid foundation to do what you want. I would see what gears I have, but only make changes according to my intended outcome. A 3.23 gear is good all around gear for both big and small block cars. My opinion is a higher gear, something in the 2's keeps you rowing gears in town, with a small block. Looks like you have some nice 68 440 parts for the intended build.
               
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              • 69Bee

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                Welcome from Az...
                 
              • Dave6T4

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                Welcome to FBBO from Ontario. That is a good looking '66 Coronet you have there. It likely has 2.76 or 2.94 gears in it, which makes it hard to get it rolling cleanly in first gear. As some else mentioned, 3.23 is a nice compromise gear. This is what Chrysler put in the majority of big block cars. A 440 in your 440 will really perk things up. You will need a big block bellhousing to go with it. Here's a picture of my '67 Coronet.

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                • Slap Stick

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                  Ahhh, by brother killed the 225 in Dad's Coronet. He must have over tevved it-bet he missed a 1-2 shift and a rod started knocking. Dad traded it on a 70 318 Challenger and in six months my brother wrecked it. Made it hell for me to get my license let alone drive it.
                   
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                  Nice ‘66!
                   
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                  Welcome from Indiana. Nice looking Coronet, great project.
                   
                • 1967coronet

                  1967coronet FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                  Nice 66 and its together and running.
                  That 440 and parts looks like a good winter project.
                  Welcome , this is a great web sight.
                   
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