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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2018995
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Originally Posted By Adam71Charger


Were 440s that went into imperials assembled any different than 440s that went into cheaper cars like furys or trucks? What compression ration and heads should I expect from this motor?


Production line engines were not built for a specific car, they were built to a spec and shipped from engine plant to assembly plant where they are pulled from stock as needed.


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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019002
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Definitely not looking for pretty over cheap. Id like to keep the bottom end stock, hopefully it will be in good enough shape that I can just run the bottom end without needing a rebuild, and focus my funds elsewhere

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019032
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Just for conversation sake, we had a '74 440 in our '64 Savoy back in the early 90's that we called the $200 440. (We paid $200 for both the motor/trans out of an Imperial or equivalent barge.)

I took it apart, dingle berry honed it, put in some cheap rings/bearings, and added a used .509 MP cam/lifters, Doug Herbert springs, swap meet Team G and 750 Holley DP. (Not even new rod bolts. tsk )

With a 10" Street Fighter converter and 4.56 gears, the '64 ran 12.80's. With a fresh valve job and a factory Max Wedge intake/600 Carters, it ran 12.40's @ 108mph every time we raced it. The thing would never skip a beat and it ran fine when it was pulled in 2001 for the 'good' motor. It was plenty streetable, but highway drives were a little short with the 4.56s. The 285/70 BFGs calmed that down a bit at least.

We joked that it did not have enough power to blow itself up.

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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Blues_Cuda] #2019184
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Originally Posted By Blues_Cuda
Just for conversation sake, we had a '74 440 in our '64 Savoy back in the early 90's that we called the $200 440. (We paid $200 for both the motor/trans out of an Imperial or equivalent barge.)

I took it apart, dingle berry honed it, put in some cheap rings/bearings, and added a used .509 MP cam/lifters, Doug Herbert springs, swap meet Team G and 750 Holley DP. (Not even new rod bolts. tsk )

With a 10" Street Fighter converter and 4.56 gears, the '64 ran 12.80's. With a fresh valve job and a factory Max Wedge intake/600 Carters, it ran 12.40's @ 108mph every time we raced it. The thing would never skip a beat and it ran fine when it was pulled in 2001 for the 'good' motor. It was plenty streetable, but highway drives were a little short with the 4.56s. The 285/70 BFGs calmed that down a bit at least.

We joked that it did not have enough power to blow itself up.




NICE, nice and simple. I had a block once that was so worn out and I had to finish the season with it. I dingle honed the block and put double cast rings in it. (cast top and 2nd). That sucker ran like you wouldn't believe and sealed up great.


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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019265
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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019505
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Does a cast crank motor have counter weights on both the damper and flexplate? Or is there also a weight on the torque converter?

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019529
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Weights are on the converter, not the flexplate. See 440 source's page on stock dampers:

http://www.440source.com/dampers.htm

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019533
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How am I going to use my PTC converter with an external balance engine?

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019536
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B&M makes a line of flexplates that are designed for that.


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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019537
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Thanks Polarapete, good to know

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019588
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Yep, they sell balanced flex plates. Alternatively you can weld weights onto the converter ring gear.

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019637
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Do not use a 509 cam in a low comp engine you will make the car a pig I would concentrate as stated on heads and engine dist running all the total I could get the car to run/ start with in normal fashion Run a hyd cam of around 480-490 lift keep the centerline at around 112 Good intake and exhaust If you can try a 350 horse from late 60 early 70s still around and cheap if still in a car. Do not pay any attention to the Mopar bible for total timing limits of 36 or so Give the engine all it can take and back off when she barks. Run a 650-750 dbl pumper 650 for throttle response 750 if you can for overall power and drag racing.

Have fun and just do it !

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Paul_Fancsali] #2019714
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Originally Posted By Paul_Fancsali
Do not use a 509 cam in a low comp engine you will make the car a pig I would concentrate as stated on heads and engine dist running all the total I could get the car to run/ start with in normal fashion Run a hyd cam of around 480-490 lift keep the centerline at around 112 Good intake and exhaust If you can try a 350 horse from late 60 early 70s still around and cheap if still in a car. Do not pay any attention to the Mopar bible for total timing limits of 36 or so Give the engine all it can take and back off when she barks. Run a 650-750 dbl pumper 650 for throttle response 750 if you can for overall power and drag racing.

Have fun and just do it !



You dont think 509 cam even with 4.10 gears and 3000 stall?

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019719
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I went out to the guys property today, and the 73 is complete as advertised and turns over. I didnt buy it yet because there is a 71 still in a car that hes trying to sell today, and if he doesnt sell it, I can take the engine for same price.

I noticed a few posts about the 71 440 in this thread, that it has higher stock compression than the 72+ but less than 70-, is that true? Thats why Im holding out for it

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019739
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Originally Posted By Adam71Charger
Originally Posted By Paul_Fancsali
Do not use a 509 cam in a low comp engine you will make the car a pig I would concentrate as stated on heads and engine dist running all the total I could get the car to run/ start with in normal fashion Run a hyd cam of around 480-490 lift keep the centerline at around 112 Good intake and exhaust If you can try a 350 horse from late 60 early 70s still around and cheap if still in a car. Do not pay any attention to the Mopar bible for total timing limits of 36 or so Give the engine all it can take and back off when she barks. Run a 650-750 dbl pumper 650 for throttle response 750 if you can for overall power and drag racing.

Have fun and just do it !



You dont think 509 cam even with 4.10 gears and 3000 stall?


If you have the 509 that's one thing.

If you have to buy, then get the 108LSA 484 if you want to run a mopar hydraulic cam.

The 509 might make more power in the last 500 rpm and it's not going to be by much. The 484 will pull the midrange better. Especially if you advance it a bunch as mentioned earlier.

I'd run a Lunati Voodoo 60303 or 60304 cam before the Mopar cams.

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019743
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ADVERTISED(OEM)CR is 9.7 for '70 and '71 440-4...


Drops to 8.2 in '72...



509;4:10;3000....Yes, you need some compression...



(484;3:91;2800-stall on a 10.0 440 works...)

Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019765
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If you have the 292 use it you can always advance it ,the 484 will be faster in 1/8

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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019982
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Re: Can I achieve 400hp with a late 70's 440 on a $2000 budget [Re: Adam71Charger] #2019987
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Damn he sold the 71.

There is one option left besides the 73. A 67 440 that needs a rebuild. He'll sell the complete motor for 650 ( I believe it has the 915 heads with small exhaust ports) or the short block plus all the pulleys, water pump, brackets for 350. Has a bit of surface rust in some of the cylinders from having one of the heads removed a long time ago (covered in garage) so it may need a bore job. If it needs to be bored then Id have to get new pistons and then my cost is going up at least $300 to $400 just in pistons.

Think Ill be better off with the 73

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