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jevanof
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4/11/2005
16:33:47

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I think its a good idea, they do it in jeeps all the time, I would do it if it dident require a ton of welding and cutting. you people are nuts for taking offense to this. Hot rodders do it. I am also interested in putting a 5.2 in my 97 4X4 Dakota but changing the wire harness would suck.



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4/11/2005
18:10:47

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Hemi in a vette? The vettes ls1 has more power it would be slower.



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4/12/2005
03:38:47

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Best thing I've ever seen happen to a chivvy(other than being crushed) was a small block dodge in a 1500



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4/12/2005
12:54:49

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lol i have one for ya...not long ago i seen a guy at the track with an S10 with a 360 in it. it was white and on the doors it said "mopar performance". ive seen tons of 350 S10s and most of them arent very fast for what they have. that mopar powered S10 ran like a bat out of hell however lol.



GOD
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4/12/2005
18:44:25

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360 dodge motor in a s10? bull sh1t buddy a 350 is more powerful, more reliable and has more aftermarket parts for it than the 360 not to mention a 350 is a direct bolt in to the s10. With comments like that you really don't know sh1t about cars/racing.



FlameRedDak
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4/12/2005
18:54:48

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why would one motor be more reliable than another if built alike. with a name like god...im sure you arent ever wrong huh lol. chevs are like tampons, every puss has one. apparently the guy who did have the 360 in his S10 rather to have had a real motor than just what everybody else has. obviously you dont know half as much as you think you do. 350s arent a direct bolt in. if they were, they wouldnt make parts to put on in. ever try to put one in a 4 banger truck...didnt think so...theres alot more to it than just dropping one in.



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4/12/2005
20:19:08

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Hot Rodding in its purest form: ENGINE SWAP! I've seen some neat "oddballs" over the years: 440 Chevy Vega, 427 (GM) Mustang, '55 Ford F-100, one with 340, one with 5.7 Hemi, besides 454 Chevette, 426 Hemi K-Car, 500+ Cadillac Camaro, 421 Pontiac Camaro.



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4/12/2005
22:43:04

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there's aftermarket kits to make a SBC bolt in a S10, but the S10 doesnt come that way.. ya still gotta buy the parts.


I saw a good one a couple weeks ago at the dyno shop. 1998 Cobra that had it's vortech supercharged DOCH 4.6 ripped out and replaced with a N/A LS1... talk about ford frustration



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4/13/2005
02:47:20

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I hate to say it. But talking old school small block to small block. A 318/360 would run almost TWICE the miles as a 350 before having the plagued 350 rod knock or flat cam!

I JUST got back from my friends house. His worn 200K + miles 318 in his Duster.
It been sitting and the Holley 650 Dbl Pumper was flodding it out in the secondaries. Typical for a holley that sits.
He was reving that bitch to redline to clear the fuel. If it was a 200k+ mile Chevy 350, I'd be ducking out to avoind shrapnel from exploding everywhere!

Damn. His 318 with 727 still goes pretty good as worn as it is. the car was driven the last 15 years floored balls to the wall every day he drives it. Not so much these last 5 years. But still.

we fixed that car up pretty good back in the day when he rodded the hell out of it. Got rid of the weak points.
Swapped in Ford 8.8 rear after blowing up two Dodge smaller rears. Swapped in modded 727 after smoking weak 904's. Circle Track Torsion Bars. Etc etc. It's old, but still cool. and 3100 lbs hauls ass.

He's got a 425HP 360 just sitting in his house. I'm worried it will rust before he installs it.



jay
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4/13/2005
15:49:09

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im responding to a post saying that a 350 in an s-10 is more powerful than the 360. not always true. 2 bolt main 350s are pretty puny. not much more over 220hp. 360 cranks 245 horse. and look a at the powerband.... BUTTTTTTTT.... look at the 4 bolt main 350's. 300 someodd horse. all of which doesnt mean $hit if you have a crap ass transmission. my friend had a 4 bolt main in his s-10, with a turbo 400 tranny. the torque converter makes the world in these applications. a 302 mustang did suck the doors in on the s-10. put in a racing t-converter, and the story was flipped around. so you see, a 360 in a s-10, could kill an s-10 with a 350. just cause its got a 350, doesnt mean its fast at all. alot of people dont think about trannys, gears, torque converters, etc, etc.



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4/13/2005
16:07:47

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so it's the number of bolts on the main that determine the hp output??


that's new to me




my brother's 2 bolt main 350 in his f-body ran 11 second 1/4's.... that's pretty good for 220 hp



FlameRedDak
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4/13/2005
16:45:45

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main cap bolt amount doesnt affect output. its all in what the factory wants it to put out. a good friend of mine had a 350 in a S10. he brought it to the track along with some mutual friends and he was barely breakin the high 15s. its all in the combination. obviously 4 bolt main caps are better than two but it doesnt affect output. cam and heads is where the power is at...



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4/13/2005
16:56:40

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yes...

the amount of bolts is just what makes the motor structurally sound.


you can make a 2-bolt very strong... but a 4 bolt will do it and last longer.



GOD
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4/13/2005
19:35:02

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your friend had something wrong with his 350 to only be running high 15's heck a modded 4.3's run that. Ok this is a dodge forum so I dont exspect you guys to side with me. But you all have to agree how long any motor last is based on owners use, 350 chevy motor has more aftermarket parts than the dodge 360. So when asked if he should put a chevy 350 in his dakota? well he will have a lot of aftermarket parts for the chevy 350, it's just the hassle of customizing it to fit. And putting a chevy 350 in a S10 is a direct bolt in to the 4.3 not the four cylinder thats why it would make no sence in putting a dodge 360 instead of a chevy 350, can go more into detail but think you guy's get the point.



FlameRedDak
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4/13/2005
19:58:13

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It was just a stock 350 with a 4 barrel carb on it. You have to figure that if its stock its gonna have around 230-250 horse depending on year. A 4.3 isnt far behind that but the 350 weighs more so you have to build more power to pull the extra weight. My truck is about as quick as an x-cab r/t dakota. reason mine is just as fast with a smaller motor is becuase mine isnt pullin the extra weight of the ex-cab chassis, heavier rear end and so on. I agree his truck wasnt setup right for who knows why. He got fed up with it and sold it for like 1500 bucks. Im a fan of impressive power from anything. It just seems like its more of a headache to put a SBC in a Dakota when some of them came with V8s from the factory and S10 bodys are cheap and a little less hassle to put a v8 in them from scatch. Its like going out of your way to make something work.



GOD
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4/14/2005
20:49:33

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I agree, You dodge guys have no idea how lucky you guys are you have an option of a v6 or v8. I wish chevy had that option, ok I love my 4.3 but if chevy had a S10 with a v8 from the factory I would buy that in a heart beat. And yes you can say just put a v8 in my s10 but I shouldn't have to, so my advise is buy a v8 dakota you at least have the option.



joe
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4/17/2005
22:26:31

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Get thiss combo. Last year at the mopar nationals there was a 96 Mustang GT with a hemi in it. ANything is possible, how much money and time do ya have? But i do belive, to drive a chevy you must have a mullet....



04 Dak
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4/18/2005
12:47:31

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Let me start by saying I own an 04 Dak 4.7, love my truck I would like more power though. I am also a Bowetie nut the only reason I bought a Dodge was because my Dak is the only truck in its catagory with a V-8. The granny beancouters at GM tried to cram a 5cly down my throat. That being said a 350 is a much easier engine to build power from, the bottom end of a small block Chevy is amoung the strongest of any engine a small block Mopar has a strong bottom end. But there are more good factory heads for the Chevy from L31 Vortech heads to old LT1 461X,492,461,462 doublehumps. You where talking about stock smog 350 hp, 350 hp can range from 160hp to 375, look back to some of the weak doggy 360 of the mid 1970's to 1993 first year of the Magnum's the look at 1996 first year of the Vortech's Magnum 360 235-245 HP, Vortech 350 255HP. I promise you I can build you a 400HP 450 ft lbs 350 for around 2000 and have it burn pump gas using stock heads. Do that with a 360.



Brad
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12/21/2006
17:58:51

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Is it possible to put a 318 in a 4.3 s10, and if so how hard and what parts do i need,



The reason im asking is because i have a s10 laying around and an old 318.



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12/21/2006
20:32:18

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You would be better off dropping a 350 in the 4.3 and 350 are the same motor just 2 missing cylinders it's a direct drop in.



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