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318 build-up

gipperco gipperco
User | Posts: 82 | Joined: 09/03
Posted: 03/14/07
05:36 AM

I remember at some point in the recent past that the magazine did a build up on a 318.  I cannot seem to find it in my past issues.  Does anyone remember what issue it started in.  There was some good info in there that I could use.


gclark gclark
Administrator | Posts: 62 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 03/14/07
10:36 AM

I looked through our archives from 2003 forward and found two articles about a 318 build.

from November 2003 was "A 318 Power Trip" involving a build of a motor for drag racing.

In September 2004 Steve Dulcich wrote an article, "A Parts Book 400HP 318" about building a motor from parts

The two aren't related, but there' good info in both.

Hope that helps!

Mopar web guy  

ray m. ray m.
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 03/21/07
10:11 AM

help! i'm new to this car thing. i'm a 29 yr. married dad who just recently got bite by the mopar bug.i own a '98 dodge ram 1500 club cab with a 318 magnum with 120,000 easy mi. on it and a '06 dodge charger 3.5l v6 (i know it's not a hemi, but you buy what you can afford) i want to up the horsepower in my 318 mag. where do i start??? it does need a tune up, but do performance plugs and wires really make a difference? after the tune up what next? intake manifold? headers? right now i run straight pipe out the back end (exhaust) .any and all info would be REALLY appreciated!  

gclark gclark
Administrator | Posts: 62 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 03/21/07
11:10 AM

You might have already done most of this, but just in case. After the tuneup, you'll want to get a cold air intake kit. That will let the engine breathe better. Then look at headers/exhaust. Then you can get the chip reprogrammed. I did a quick check and Hypertech, has a programmer for your combination.

Performance plugs and wires will help with most of the upgrades you do. By themselves they won't provide you much increase. If you're upgrading the wires, you can look at upgrading the ignition at the same time.

If those upgrades don't cure your itch, then you can look at cam, intake, etc.  

gclark gclark
Administrator | Posts: 62 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 03/21/07
11:11 AM


Did those articles help you? I'll be putting the Parts Book 318 build by Steve Dulcich up within a few weeks.  

gclark gclark
Administrator | Posts: 62 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 03/28/07
01:49 PM

The Parts Book 318 build story is on the site now.  

firedrake2k firedrake2k
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 04/03/08
09:23 PM

I recently read in the latest issue the article about cheap power and they mentioned the possibility of putting a 440 crank in a 400 block. i myself am trying to restore a 74 charger which only has a 318.

so my question is - is it possible to put a 360 crank in a 318 block?  

IGadget IGadget
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/05/08
01:03 PM

Interesting article, I enjoyed reading it quite a bit. I'm hoping that my question doesn't fall into the "if you need to ask" category.

What I was wondering is what is the total cost - parts, machining, dyno time, etc?  
Current: 1985 Ramcharger SE Royal / 318 / 2bbl / A727 / 148K
Blue Whale (RIP) - 1987 Ram Van / B250 / 318 / 2bbl / A727 / plow / 193K
White Elephant (RIP) - 1983 Ram Van / B150 / 318 /2bbl / A833 OD4 / 250K - Kept Trans & 36G Tank

Photon440 Photon440
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 08/21/08
12:56 AM

Icon Quotegclark:
The Parts Book 318 build story is on the site now.

318 and 360 cranks have different journal sizes, so you'd have to turn down the 360 journals (and have them re-hardened).  Not very cost effective, since you can already buy aftermarket stroker cranks for the 360 that do the same thing.  

One of the nice advantages of the 318 is the short stroke which lets it rev.  If you're going for the long stroke, you might as well stick with the 360 block as well and get the rest of the cubes. (Just my opinion, of courseSmile


77charger318 77charger318
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 08/08
Posted: 08/21/08
07:45 AM

im looking for ways to beef up my 318 without spending big bucks. can any one help?  

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 08/21/08
05:42 PM

Edelbrock performer Intake, 600 holley, & headers, this will make for a fun ride and not cost a fortune.  

3404spdvaliant. 3404spdvaliant.
Guru | Posts: 771 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 08/22/08
08:39 AM

Well I've always liked the idea of using the turned down main 360 crank in the 318 w/low comp off the shelf pistons[.035-.090 in the hole] 'lightened' and such to get 349-350ci. As for hardening the crank, probably not needed for this, but not an expensive task crank grind =$90-hardening =$50-$75.
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csl849 csl849
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 09/12/08
10:45 AM

i read the new 318 buid up article did yall put a cost on that build?  

alansiers alansiers
New User | Posts: 28 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 11/05/08
08:53 PM

I've decided to get a set of kb 167 pistons for my 318. And was wondering if anyone knew what the machine work would cost, I'm assuming it will need bored oversized, as i dont beleive kb pistons come in standard bore sizes. If anyone has done this before or has any idea of what it would cost say in the ball park figure i would appreciate it.  

3404spdvaliant. 3404spdvaliant.
Guru | Posts: 771 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 11/07/08
08:20 AM

On the west coast around $500-$600 for block work then $500-$600 for rebuilt heads, $90-$110 on the crank then parts=?  
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