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

Hemi Hassle

Hemi Hassle Gino Faini, Framingham, MA, 1970 Plymouth Cuda 426 I have a 1966 426 Hemi engine in a 1970 'Cuda. The engine was just redone, new rings, bearings, guides, seals. My problem is, after a short time of driving the oil…

Blower

Blower Peter Black, Geelong, Australia, 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 500 Hi Rick, long-time reader & subscriber, big fan. I've had this 440 engine for about 15 years now. Bought it in 1000 pieces and rebuilt it as a fairly stock…

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…