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wayfarer last won the day on July 2 2018

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    Mostly Old Parts And Rust
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    47 1½T, 77 D300, 79 W150, 73 RoadRunner, 47 Suburban , 47 DeSoto ..all for sale


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  1. IMHO, the strength of the rear axle is dependent on the size and how sticky the rear tires are. Every car/truck/tank/whatever will have a 'weak-link' and if you can generate enough torque then you will find it. The 9" and, especially the aftermarket 9", is overkill for 90% of the cars on the street. The 9" also suffers from the most parasitic power loss. The Mopar 8-3/4 is an excellent axle but now days expensive. The Ford 8.8 has proven itself as very durable. Until you make more than 500 lb-ft of torque you will be fine.
  2. https://www.bing.com/search?q=torqueflite+wikipedia&form=ANNTH1&refig=ddc1517c42f64f27a351a0bb53ec452f&sp=1&qs=SC&pq=torqueflight+wiki&sk=PRES1&sc=1-17&cvid=ddc1517c42f64f27a351a0bb53ec452f As to the fitment in the car, this is a similar project https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/54-331-hemi-rebuild.738468/page-4 The body/frame/install work starts at post 97
  3. Is the main seal bolt broken flush or is there a nub sticking up? If there is a nub, even small, then place a washer over it and make a generous plug weld to the nub. When is cools a bit then weld a large nut to the washer. The two heat cycles most often loosen up frozen bolts and you will also have a nut to put a box end wrench on. I have also had success with broken bolts that are slightly below the surface but it will leave scorch marks.
  4. ...buy a proper square drive socket for pipe plugs. Using 'easy-outs' is rarely a good idea on a well seated plug as they increase the hoop tension and make the plug even harder to turn. Sunex 310pc on bay...................
  5. Too much of a gamble at $400 unless you need a crankshaft as that is the only part with some guarantee of being usable. Sitting uncovered like that in North Dakota Winters offers plenty of opportunity to bust blocks and heads. Now, at $100...…..
  6. ...sorry but, Dodge engines do NOT have the same block extension as the early 331 Chrysler. There are a variety of bellhousings to accommodate the various fluid drive couplers and torque converters and likely what is seen from above or below.
  7. The EarlyHemi is not a bulky as some others, it is just packaged in a different manner. For example, the widest point on a 392 is at the valve covers and is actually a hair less than a 440 with cast exhaust manifolds. As to the extended block, it is a Chrysler 331 and as mentioned 51-53 with some holdovers into 54. This complicates swapping transmissions. All of the Dodge and DeSoto and 54-58 Chrysler have the same block bolt pattern for the bell. For ease of swapping you may want to consider the DeSoto and Dodge as they are physically smaller. Before spending any money be sure to check the code stamped into the top front of the block just ahead of the valley cover. List of codes here: https://www.qualityengineeredcomponents.com/?page_id=8
  8. wayfarer

    Big block 440

    Yup, sounds like a nice project. www.rustyhope.com has your disc brake kit and you can look through this chart to find a suitable rear axle. As mentioned, you may need to move the engine/trans centerline toward the pass side.
  9. Just a note of clarification. The smaller A904/A500 trans is not suitable for use with the EarlyHemi engines due to the higher starter location. It simply doesn't fit; yes, that includes the Dak starter. If you really really need/want to use an A500 with an EarlyHemi then plan on buying someone's adapter and then rotating the transmission bolt pattern CCW 1 or 2 degrees to lower the starter. No, I don't do it. The trans will work fine, just like being on a high crown road. And yes, The A904/A500 is the unit of choice for the L6.
  10. The 4.89 would work well with an od trans that has a reduction around .7 or so giving a final around 3.2 or so. I make adapters for the TF if you want to use an A518. Gary
  11. Talk to Charlie (RustyHope). Good Guy. Rock auto is a good place to shop for the hubs, rotors, and such. Use their prices as a guide and shop around.
  12. Post up a couple of pics so some comparisons can be made.
  13. wayfarer

    My new 54

    ...that thing needs a Hemi in it....😉
  14. X2 on the ebay units. Bought one recently and was pleasantly surprised.
  15. ...does Yahoo know about this?
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