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1973 Dodge Charger SE

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1973 Dodge Charger SE

GoldStar220 GoldStar220
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/12
Posted: 10/09/12
08:04 AM

I have recently purchased a project car (the car in the title). It's my first mopar and it needs an engine and transmission. I am looking for performance but also street driving at the same time. I don't know much about mopar engines or transmissions so, I was wondering if anyone could offer any ideas? I'd like to have somewhere between 600-800 HP. Any suggestions would be great (induction, supercharged vs turbo charged, etc)  

69_340_GTS 69_340_GTS
Enthusiast | Posts: 535 | Joined: 06/09
Posted: 10/11/12
04:12 AM

Big block is the only easy way to make that kind of HP. A stroked 440 would be the way to go.  Check out Muscle Motors, they sell some excellent big inch crate motors. 505" Killer Krate motor, naturally aspirated, makes 650 hp and sells for $10K complete.  

451Mopar 451Mopar
User | Posts: 220 | Joined: 07/10
Posted: 10/11/12
09:19 PM

600HP is fairly easy with a big block 440 or larger stroker, with good aftermarket heads, a 950+ cfm carb, headers, a decent sized cam and compression.  700 HP with a 500+" stroker can be built that is still decent to drive on the street, but the costs and maintance are higher.  800+ HP will be stressing a stock block, even with aftermarket main caps and girdle.  With a power adder, you could start off with a milider or small engine, but the overall package is likely more expensive?
For Transmissions, the 727 can be built to handle the power, it just gets more expensive as the power level increases.