Son of a Gun!

1971 - 1974 Mopars

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    Guy comes by and wants to by the '74 Satellite out back to use as a street stock car on the circle track. Been sitting there for morin 10 years. Concrete bricks, wood blocks, chain link fencing, large roll of chicken wire, old steering column and collection of cop car wheels stacked on the hood. Stripped interior full of gas tanks, blown wheels and tires from a trailer, more steering columns, deer and elk antlers and old air cleaners.

    Check VIN before I decide to call the guy back about selling it. "P" engine code! This hunk of junk came with the '74 400 HP engine in it! Cannot see if I left the engine in 'cause it still has the radiator in it. So I strip all the crap off the hood. There sits the complete, original, 400 HP engine and transmission. Now I remember driving it back there and parking it.

    Glory-oskee! I have a straight '73 "P" code 400 4bbl Dodge Charger with a complete black interior, 8-3/4 rear end, that has been waiting for an engine and transmission for at least 10 years. Wonder if'n we can get 400 horsepower out of rebuilding the 400 and sticking with the stock cast iron HP exhaust manifolds?

    Hah! We got us a winter project!
     
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      We know you can :)
       
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        The question Jim is will you keep it under 400 :lol:. I'll be watching!
         
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        Got any pictures Jim?
         
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        420 horsepower
         
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        Imagine having Mopars sitting around on your property - and forgetting what the heck they are
        or what they have in them?

        Nope. I can't imagine that.... dream, maybe.
         
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            That should be pretty easy. I built one about 20 years ago.
             
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            I gotta start going through the storage sheds and remembering because we not only need the 400 but a 440 for Cody's Trail Duster hunting rig and a 383 for his station wagon....... Engine storage 033.JPG Engine storage 032.JPG

            The storage sheds are a joke......440 in there someplace............
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            I dunno..........I can't remember.......
            Engine storage 005.JPG Engine storage 006.JPG Engine storage 007.JPG Engine storage 009.JPG Engine storage 010.JPG


            All I know is that it has HP exhaust manifolds..........
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            Oh yeah.... how's about a '69 Charger storage shed???????
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              Oh man LOL
               
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                The 400 HP Satellite donor and the Charger to receive the engine.............. Engine storage 030.JPG Engine storage 031.JPG


                Count carefully and I think there are eight 440's in that picture alone of about 30 or so engines cluttering the place. Majority are 440's with some 400's, 360's and a lonely '72 340.......Could be 1/2 as many, or more, 727's and 4-spd transmissions (23 & 18 spline) someplace..............I need to get a full count and start getting rid of most of our collection...........my son really agrees......................
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                Forged cranks..........A engine, B engine & RB engines.......
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                  I piled up a bunch of stuff over the years but only have a fraction of it now but don't think there ever was nearly as much as you have lol. Got a drone to take an aerial shot by any chance :D Probably one of the mainy reasons my back is shot these days....
                   
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                    Cranky, we used to have some 88-90 cars here but have whittled it down to about 1/4 to 1/3 of that. Funny thing is, if the crusher had been available for another hour some weeks ago the '74 Satellite would have been crushed too and we wouldn't have even known what engine was in it.
                     
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                      Unreal.... :)
                      Got a '68 Monaco wagon hiding in there somewhere? :D
                       
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                        I too, will take a 68 monaco wagon.
                         
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                        if you have so many blocks and engine parts why remove the engine from a number matchings car with a buyer, instead build an engine with all you have around ?

                        not a critic, just I don't understand having so many options, part out a matching "hp" car with even a buyer for it... true for a circle track car, but Maybe he could build that engine up with some poison in it still being matching numbers? just thinking out loud
                         
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                          if'n the Satellite had a good body.........


                          Charger quarters on a Coronet wagon.

                          Mind pert near blown.
                           
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                          • IQ52

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                            Right "if'n".

                            Ah, the quarters.....Good eye.
                            Sorry, no '68 Monaco wagon. 2dr '73 is the only Monaco here.

                            Son has a 4 wheel drive '68 Chrysler Town and Country though. Ahem.......very rare factory option?

                            Also there is the 4x4 (again...rare option indeed) '67 Chrysler New Yorker (original 440 [w/915 heads] and 727).

                            Different strokes for different folks.

                            We figure the 400 HP engine would be more valuable to us (money, money, money, it's a rich man's world) in a complete "P" code (400 4bbl) '73 Charger than in the stripped POS '74 Satellite. The Charger is missing the transmission, motor & tranny mounts, driveshaft, radiator, starter, alternator, brackets and engine that are all available as a package in the Satellite.

                            Sure, maybe I am 1/2 a bubble off. Heck, I'm the guy that once used a '69 383 4spd Road Runner in the street stock class at Saugus Speedway in California.
                             
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                              That Tawny Gold Charger is awesome! spec?

                              sjd
                               
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