1978 Plymouth Road Runner

1975 - 1979 Mopars

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    old tired rebel Well-Known Member

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    I can say in all honesty I did expect more,but I wasn't expecting a lot at one time. A decent burnout would have been nice. Which I have been able to do with past 318 Mopars. But the car is too heavy.

    A 440 or 451 Stroker is the right choice for this car. It doesn't have to have a 6 BBL. But I do want tire shredding performance and I will put it in this car one way or another. I do plan on taking weight out of the car.
     
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    Beg to differ rumblefish:

    Read em and weep.

    Would acknowledge many Cordoba's actually came through with something smaller. 400 4bbl appears to be largest engine available, since the dual exhaust 400 was cancelled that year - apparently due to the necessity of catalytic converter.

    One thing people forget about the Lean Burn settup - at least as originally conceived for '76 - it allowed Chrysler to throw away the A.I.R. pump, the EGR system AND catalytic converters. Look at the 210hp 400 of '76 - it was stronger than the 455 Pontiac T/A engine, rated at 200hp.

    77 Cordoba std 400.jpg
     
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    Here's the '75 (I think applies to '76 too) 360 was standard.

    1975 Chrysler Cordoba-07.jpg
     
  4. 69 Runner

    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    Same valves, rockers and shafts, just different valve springs
     
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    360 was a optional engine not Standard. 318 was the base engine. How do I know? I also had a 1976 Doba with a 318/904 trans and T Tops. There was 3 different 360 option engines,360 2
    BBL,360 4 BBL,and 360 4 BBL High Performance the last 2 are not the same engines.
     
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    old tired rebel Well-Known Member

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    This is from my first post.

     
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    Not even the 400 helped these monsters out. Car and Driver tested a 75 Runner with the 400 and 3.21's out back...car ran a 17.1. I have a copy of the article, I'll scan it on Tuesday and post it up.
     
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    That 75 Runner is beautiful!!!
     
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    Everything with performance was scrapped after 73. Just about everything from 74 to 80 was choked down to nothing. It was pretty much the end of the muscle car error as we knew it.

    The gas crisis was in full bloom and the government was cracking down on all the auto makers to stem the pollution coming from the tail pipes. Along come the smog heads, lower compression, cats, and unleaded gas. They tried to make up for it by dolling up the cars with spoilers, decals, and selling the cars with names that were once high performance models(Road Runner, Charger, Firebird, Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, and let not talk about 74 - 78 Cobra mustang.

    A 440 or even a stoked out 360 would be great in that 75 RR. Definitely would be Cool. and turn that lead sled into a real tire fryer.
     
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    Thank-you.
     
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