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Mopar engine and performance questions submitted by our readers and answered by our technical editors.

End Play

End Play Jayson Fleming, Roseville, MI, 1964 Dodge Dart GT 340 I recently removed this 340 due to lack of power. During inspecting I found the thrust face bearing was wiped out so bad that the crank could travel about .040-.050 end…

Max Factor

Max Factor Andrew Cornwell, Virginia Beach, VA, 1966 Dodge Charger Were all 413's Max Wedges or could you get a standard 413? Andy, 99.9% of all 413s were low-perf "station wagon" engines with very mild cams, log…

All Choked Up

All Choked Up Neal Zimmerman, Eugene OR 1963 plymouth belvedere 318 poly What typically brings on flooding conditions?- My 318 poly with Carter four barrel just started doing the flooding thing, gas smells,long cranking required, super…

Clatterbox

Clatterbox John Matthews, Grimes, IA, 1999 Dodge B1500 318 My buddies and I bought a 1999 B1500 318 Conversion Van to go tailgating in. On initial start up there is no oil pressure, after a couple seconds it will go up to 40 psi…

Oil pan drain plug

Tech Question Jason Beert, Rapid City, SD, 1986 Dodge B150 van 318 I just bought this van. I thought it'd be a good idea tochange the oil. Come to find out (too late) that it doesn't have a typicaldrain plug. This drain plug…

Charger headers

Tech Question josh shakl, Lake Havasu, AZ, 1972 dodge charger 440 Hi rick, im 16 years old and I just bought my first car: a1972 Dodge Charger SE with a 440 in it. I am rebuilding the 440 right nowand my qustion is this: I bought a…

Six Pack idling

Tech Question Jan Wärnström, Katrineholm, Sweden, 70 Challenger T/A Six-Pack 340 Rick, my friend Conny drives a '70 T/A Challenger 340 Six Pack since '77.I know that you like the six pack and have driven this combo. for many…

ClutchFlite

Tech Question Sam Doh, Auckland, New Zealand, 1970 Chrysler Valiant 245 Love your show, E-booger. This is less of a tech Q but moreout of curiosity. I'm interested in this Clutchflite business, I understandthe basic working…

383 Rebuild

Tech Question Mark Matteson, Bridgeport, WV, 1966 Chrysler Newport 383 I have a 1966 Chrysler Newport. Except for the winter months when salt ison the road, the car is a daily driver. I am rebuilding the 383, keeping it mostly…

Electronic distributor

Tech Question Ed Butenschoen, Eau Claire, WI, 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury 383-4 Rick, I use your tech info all the time and most of itprinted out for my shop files. Here's my latest dilemma... I have a stock 383-4 in my C body with…