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Old 04-03-2016, 03:50 PM
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Been tinkering here and there and having discussions with Shannon Morgan (Morgan and Sons race engines), flyin Ryan Hogan, Dick Murray at JW Transmissions, Wendell Dunaway (Mr. Wendell's Motorsports), Mike Murray and a few other Dakota race-only guys. Finally have something put together.

I do have a classifieds post for what I will not be using: https://dodgeforum.com/forum/user-cl...-part-out.html

Picked up a junkyard motor last week. The cheapest known good engines were $650 and up, but I found a listing for $250: "needs oil pan, Pass Side motor mount broken".

It looks like the truck took a direct hit to the right front, shoved the motor mount down shearing all 4 bolts in the block, and the mount punched a hole in the oil pan, breaking 2 panbolts off in the block as well. So I need to pull at least the two pan bolts, preferably the 4 MM bolts too. A little more than I planned, but should not be too bad.

I pulled the tray out of the back seat to make room for the electrical buss system I will be putting there in association with relocating the battery to the bed.

Also have the front of the truck shredded to work on the electrical up there.

Motor is supposed to have 101,000 miles on it, but it does not look the part. When I pulled the pistons out, the cylinders are all clean with crosshatching except for #8, but I do think it will clean up with a very light hone.

Going to be putting a powerglide behind it with the JW adapter bell housing and flywheel assembly. I should need to lengthen the driveshaft about 6 inches.

Going to keep the 8.25 for now, but will have a dana 60 narrowed to fit- a 60 from a ram 2500 uses the same axle sensor as the 8.25/9.25 to keep the PCM happy.

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It was awful nice of photobucket to shred apart the internet. I have relocated the photos to a Google Album.

2015-2016: https://goo.gl/photos/AvdM6DBFnZ9nFaaB9

2017 part 1: https://goo.gl/photos/FRnJnnHHfBxTfFbK8
 

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Old 04-03-2016, 04:15 PM
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Some photos.

Tuesday when I got the motor, we had a tornado warning on my way home for a visual tornmdo about 10 miles away and I had a visual of the wall cloud, so I quickly shoved everything in the shop.

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I'm guessing a orange motor ... ? 408 ?
 
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:31 PM
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I'm guessing a orange motor ... ? 408 ?
Only Flyin' Ryan Hogan and a few others know my exact plan. Mostly because it has not been done before and I will be a very big gineau pig. We have notes to estimate from but that's about it.
 
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Sold the stock cylinder heads, have the block down to the cam and crank left. Knocked the freeze plugs out so it will be ready for hot tanking and checking wall thickness.

Also took the stock battery tray out, and found all 500 sources of the various EVAP codes I was always getting. Got a marine battery box and put it in the bed opposite the spare tire, and got some 2 gauge wire to run to the starter solenoid.

I'm going to relocate all of the EVAP stuff mostly out of view. I need all the space in the engine bay that I can get to fit the plans.

The truck is in a mud swamp right now from the 8" of rain we got, so i'm using my phone camera to see what I have for "options" under the truck for routing "things".

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Looks good keep the pic's coming

A complete engine rebuild!
 
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Squall line moving in, took a half day at work so I could get the truck done and get it in the shop next to dad's truck. Dragster is in the trailer, tow dually is getting injectors at a local shop. Even have a neighbor's car tucked in front of dad's truck.

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