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    1966 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon


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    Westland, MI
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    Classic cars, Steam Engines/Hit Miss Engines, Antiques, Music

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  1. Good old fashioned molasses mixed with water works very good too. Works on most rusted parts as well. Takes forever though, like two weeks if the parts are rusted really badly! But it does work really well.
  2. Wow! I don't know if I'd want to remove 100 thou from my head on the 251 engine, but it looks like that's what they can do on the Chrysler 6s. But what's interesting is only 65 thou on a DeSoto head. I really wonder about head part numbers/casting numbers and the differences between them. I know that the part numbers for the two heads available in the 1960s Dodge trucks was: 2202771--Internal by pass, low compression ratio 6.4 to 1 2264240--External by pass I'm not sure on the industrial engines. That would be interesting too.
  3. The following came from a Chrysler technical reference manual and is, I believe, the answer to the OP question: THE COOLING SYSTEM One of the complaints most frequently heard during cold-weather operation is in relation to the engine cooling system and the performance of the car heater. Therefore, a review of some of the fundamentals of the cooling system may prove helpful. Heat developed within the engine is converted to mechanical energy to operate the engine. Not all of the heat is used for that purpose, however. Some heat is given off through radiation, and some is carried away by the exhaust system. The balance of the heat not used to operate the engine is carried away by the cooling system. In other words, the cooling system is carefully designed to control the operating temperature of the engine for its most efficient performance, and to carry away the excess heat. If the engine runs too cool, the fuel mixture won't burn completely. Some of it will find its way down the cylinder walls and into the crankcase where it dilutes the oil and helps to form acid. If the engine cooling system is not adequate to carry away the excess heat, the engine will run too hot. The coolant will boil, and engine damage may occur. THERMOSTAT The thermostat has a very important job to do. It must stay closed when the engine coolant is cold, permitting circulation of the coolant within the engine and thus provide a short warm-up period. Then, when the coolant has reached operating temperature, the thermostat must open and permit coolant circulation through the radiator. Starting with the 1960 models, all engines have a 180-degree thermostat as standard equipment. This means a permanent-type antifreeze must be used in the cooling system. If an owner wanted to use an alcohol-base antifreeze he would have to install a 160-degree thermostat. Some technicians believe that different thermostats should be used for summer and winter operation, on the theory that overheating is less apt to occur in hot weather with a 160 degree thermostat. This is not true. Engine cooling is just as effective with a 180-degree thermostat as with one which opens at 160 degrees. Therefore, changing thermostats twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and expense. If abnormal conditions are encountered, and the coolant temperature rises above 180 degrees, the thermostat will be fully open regardless of whether it is a 160-degree or a 180-degree thermostat. This means the maximum cooling will take place with either thermostat, and the possibility of overheating is no greater with on than with the other."
  4. No, I mean actually making a version with DOHC that supposedly used two separate timing chains to drive each cam shaft. I saw pics of one of the later V8 versions with DOHC that used one timing belt to drive both cam shafts. That too was a display engine. But not to be confused with the inline six version.
  5. So the engine in the original post above did actually run then? I’ve heard they made a DOHC version of it, which to me would make more sense from a practical point of view then with using push rods and lifters.
  6. Yes, the oil cooler will extend the life of the oil and thus extend the service life of engine. The trans cooler is too big for these engines, think something like a power steering oil cooler in size. Put the thermostat close to the engine as possible. All the new v6 and 4 cylinder Mopar cars come with oil cooler installed on engine now. It’s not just for heavy duty applications, it’s for engine longevity. In my 2014 Dodge Journey I’ve got the 3.6 liter vvt engine and it uses a water to oil cooler incorporated into the oil filer housing.
  7. They must have had a hole drilled at angle through the block to run push rod up to the other side. But then there is the water jacket issue as well. That looks like the oil filter on the manifold side of the block as well, so they must have ran different oil passages throughout the block. I think the pressure angles on the push rods/lifters/valves would have been great, maybe too great. Andy
  8. Somebody in the aftermarket crowd really needs to jump on this! I know I would slap it on my 251 if it were available!. Seems to be a modified 265 though. Andy
  9. Now if you put the spark plug ahead of those, I'll bet those would make a swirl effect to the flames shooting out back!
  10. I got the same manifolds on my 251 in my power wagon. I've got an industrial 251 in my truck though. Yours has the heat riser valve, mine does not. I'm thinking of modifying it as it would help in winter startup and driving. I also need to drill a couple of extra holes in the intake manifold for the windshield wipers and brake booster.
  11. Yes, Marvel Mystery oil is good. I've used it in the gas for top cylinder lubrication. Even poured some down the spark plug holes and the carburetor. For long term storage, I use a can of fogging oil.
  12. My thought is, if you have an engine that has a sludge problem, it's time to pull it out of the truck/car and take it apart and clean and check EVERYTHING! Replace what's worn, which I'm sure there will be plenty that's worn.
  13. Please don't miss understand. Keep in mind, most of the stories I heard about the 230s and M37s were from people in the military during Vietnam, like from 1966 to 1972. The M37s were old by then and I think that had more to do with it then anything else. Plus during combat, who knows what happened to these trucks exactly. I think diluted engine oil was a big cause of spun bearings. Looking at all the engines made by different manufactures during the 1930s through the 1950s, I would say Chrysler had the best of the best! I've heard a lot more unfortunate stories with Ford flat head eights, like cracked block stories.
  14. I'm gonna guess that the trucks probably stopped using it by 1972 model year. I know my 1971 W200 had it, but my 1975 W100 had electric washer. The cars always seemed to get the high tech gadgets first at Chrysler it seems during these years. I think all the cars were electric by 1967 though. I had a 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 two door hardtop that had electric washer. The washer bag used in my 1966 WM300 is still manufactured today! They are used in the Abrams tanks. But they don't say Mopar on them or Jiffy Jet either like the originals.
  15. On my truck, I have the rubber foot pump. Next to the head light dimmer foot switch.
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