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

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…

Dak engine choice

Tech Question ron hamilton, minden, NV, 1973 plymouth sebring 318 Hello, I want a newer Dak. Do you like the 5.2 motor or the4.7? I'm going to search for one with an auto trans. and 4 wheel drive. Arethe auto overdrive trannys the…

MP Cam Failure

Tech Question Jimmy Hovis, Ft. Hood, TX, 1973 Dodge Dart/Swinger/2dr 360+a lot I wrote you a couple of months ago about getting the lashsettings for my Mopar Performance cam. Well, after putting about 20 miles onthe cam, the intake…

4.7L Engine Background

Tech Question joe baray, milford, DE, 2004 dodge dakota 4.7 First off- it's very smooth how you've lumped the newsstandand adult book store together; they were out of Giant Thighs Action, soMopar Action it was. Anyway, I'm looking…

360 in a ’40 Coupe

Tech Question Lars Ivar Kvissel, Elverum, Norway, 1940 DeSoto Custom Coupe Hi Rick! I have a 1940 DeSoto Coupe wich I have owned for 30yrs. Got it for free when I was 17! Now for my dilemma. I`m in a process ofrebuilding a 392 Hemi…

Turbo for 2.5L

Tech Question William Bowers, Gallatin, TN, 1995 dodge dakota 2.5L Rick, I am wanting to know what i need to install a turbo on my truck?it has a 2.5L four banger in it now.i drive @350 miles per week to work and like the fuel…

Swap 318 Into Valiant

Tech Question Jens Palmqvist, Iggesund, Sweden, 1973 Plymouth Valiant 4-dr 225 I´ve gotten an 318 out of a mid-eighties van,complete with trans etc. The van is a '87 but suppsedly a 360 so its not the original engine.The engine spells 318…