What makes a 440 a magnum?

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The R/T never came with 440 signs because the 440 engine was standard equipment. Chrysler had a general policy of putting engine call outs only on optional engines. Thus, R/T's and GTX's got 426 HEMI signs when this optional motor was specified. The 440 Magnum engine was optional on 1967 Charger's only, so had the engine call out. 440 Magnum was standard engine on 1968 Charger R/T, so no engine sign. It has always struck me as strange that Dodge did not market the R/T package on the 1967 Charger whenever the 440 Magnum was ordered. The 440 was not factory available in 1966 Charger or any other 1966 B-body.

I thought the 440 was available in the '66 Charger. The only B body that got one. My memory may be failing me though.
 

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70/71 440 Magnum AND Six Pack both had 908 rods
(although Pistons were different) = I have owned
them myself when they were near new or new. 70/71 six packs had
different piston with different deck and 4 valve notches.
But all other years 440 and Magnum and 69 piston had same piston
and deck height ONLY IF they were the same model year. I am elderly -
but my memory I believe is correct as I raced several in the 1960s and 1970s.
I owned a 70 Challenger RT 440 Magnum (It had hood emblems) Plus my
brother and father had 70 440 Six Barrel Cudas and i sold the Challenger
and bought a 70 Hemi Cuda (All of them Red)
 
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I thought the 440 was available in the '66 Charger. The only B body that got one. My memory may be failing me though.
I believe 67 was the first year of 440 charger.
I believe 66 was 383 or Hemi for the HP options
My English teacher(Mr. Cole) in HS had a 426 Hemi Red 66 Charger
AND before that a 63 Max Wedge 426 High Compression.
If it was not for his influence = I would be racing Fords today!!
RIP
 

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The R/T never came with 440 signs because the 440 engine was standard equipment. Chrysler had a general policy of putting engine call outs only on optional engines. Thus, R/T's and GTX's got 426 HEMI signs when this optional motor was specified. The 440 Magnum engine was optional on 1967 Charger's only, so had the engine call out. 440 Magnum was standard engine on 1968 Charger R/T, so no engine sign. It has always struck me as strange that Dodge did not market the R/T package on the 1967 Charger whenever the 440 Magnum was ordered. The 440 was not factory available in 1966 Charger or any other 1966 B-body.
My Dodge Coronet 70 RT with the Ramcharger Hood had 440 Emblems on the side of the scoops =
I believe they were factory installed.
 

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Geez ask what may seem a simple question and the brain trust here can quickly go into high gear. I’m with the guy that said if you like the look of the emblems you purchased put ‘‘em on and move on. When that day comes that you meet St Peter I believe you will be forgiven any in-congruencies with the emblems.
 

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This is a dumb question but what makes an engine a Magnum. I have a 66 Charger with a 440 engine. I wanted to change out the decals from 383 to 440 but the only ones I found say 440 Magnum. Are all 440 Magnums? If not how do I know if mine is?

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The HP engines in the dodge were Magnum and Plymouth was Commando
That's good to know. My 67 RT came with a commando tin plate on the air cleaner . Must of come off another car (Plymouth
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, maybe GTX).
 

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Geez ask what may seem a simple question and the brain trust here can quickly go into high gear. I’m with the guy that said if you like the look of the emblems you purchased put ‘‘em on and move on. When that day comes that you meet St Peter I believe you will be forgiven any in-congruencies with the emblems.
St Peter will have plenty of others things to point out in my life, the wrong badge will be way down on the list! Thankfully I can say, “but Jesus” after all of them!
 

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Dodge didnt start using Magnum nomenclature until later in the 60s.
The 426W had already been discontinued.
 

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