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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: blowndart] #2835480
10/21/20 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by blowndart
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Thanks for the info. Can't see spending that much money and being told to use block filler to fix problem that shouldn't be there to begin with. Will pass and see what other options come along for blocks.

Give MARSH PERFORMANCE a call. Todd from Marsh has a good reputation on here and knows whats available. I have my name on a new aluminum block that he gas prepaid for. He didn't ask for anything down.

How long is the current wait on the BME aluminum block?

Was talking to a BM dealer here and the word was that the next batch was 90 days out shruggy

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: racerx] #2835606
10/21/20 12:03 PM
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RacerX You and I both know all about that LIST all to well. The srtraight answer about KB is I have no clue. Worlds are supposed to be 30 days out. Indys are running abot 4 to 6 weeds. Bull dogs I have no clue on leads times or issues. Had a hemi in the shop but only got to look (no assembly or machine work.Todd.

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: sasquatch] #2835877
10/21/20 08:32 PM
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I wonder how callies blocks are coming along.

Would be pure magic to have an available supply of high quality iron, and aluminum race blocks. Ya know like ford and chevy guys enjoy. Loving mopar takes a special kind of tough love to endure.

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: dthemi] #2835952
10/22/20 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by dthemi
I wonder how callies blocks are coming along.

Would be pure magic to have an available supply of high quality iron, and aluminum race blocks. Ya know like ford and chevy guys enjoy. Loving mopar takes a special kind of tough love to endure.

So true. If I could pick up the phone and order an aluminum block today and have it shipped this week, I would. I have a a hard time ordering a block with the promise that it will be shipped some day, way out in the future, with questionable quality. rolleyes

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: RBRE] #2836616
10/23/20 04:05 PM
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Ray is correct, I bought a bull dog block. Nothing but issues. I have no internal water leaks, but the rear plugs leak water and the oil pan will not seal at the rear main seal retainer. Lots of extra machining required. Head bolts where only tapped 1/4 inch deep, lots of issues. At the end of the day, stay far away from the Bulldog blocks.

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: copchaser] #2836770
10/23/20 09:49 PM
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That is too bad. I wonder why people go to all the work of making an aftermarket block and then do a poor job of it. It costs a lot of money to tool up a block so it doesn't make sense to spend all of that money to produce a bad product. Sending bad products out the door doesn't make money for anyone. Everyone loses.

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: AndyF] #2836804
10/24/20 01:10 AM
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I was told by Dave Koffel several years ago that there was a lot of problems in casting iron blocks, he mentioned black magic art also shock
I had to wait around 2 yrs for my Koleno block and then it had a casting problem on the #4 exhaust lifter bore that Koleno took care with no hassle with me up
You got to be hard headed and willing to wait if you want to build and race Mopar engines whiney shruggy


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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: Cab_Burge] #2836821
10/24/20 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Cab_Burge
I was told by Dave Koffel several years ago that there was a lot of problems in casting iron blocks, he mentioned black magic art also shock
I had to wait around 2 yrs for my Koleno block and then it had a casting problem on the #4 exhaust lifter bore that Koleno took care with no hassle with me up
You got to be hard headed and willing to wait if you want to build and race Mopar engines whiney shruggy


If casting iron is so tough, how do the Chevy guys get it done? I don’t think world had that many problems and the first generation of the mopar reproductions were good.

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: fastmark] #2836891
10/24/20 11:24 AM
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It’s my understanding, that patterns are critical. I wonder what the scrap rate is at Brodix?

Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: copchaser] #2836904
10/24/20 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by copchaser
Ray is correct, I bought a bull dog block. Nothing but issues. I have no internal water leaks, but the rear plugs leak water and the oil pan will not seal at the rear main seal retainer. Lots of extra machining required. Head bolts where only tapped 1/4 inch deep, lots of issues. At the end of the day, stay far away from the Bulldog blocks.
I got a 1" tap and put it in without hitting the cylinder then cut 3 threads off to go deeper 3 turns and that got the screw in pug sealed on the rear rt plug.[koleno block #33]

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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: Clanton] #2837176
10/25/20 05:49 AM
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My Bull dog block looks decent, I chased the threads and checked the everything I could with the tools and measuring equipment that I have when I got it and did not find any major issues, now in saying that and knowing what I knew I did not go into this blind I understood the possibility of machining issues I am hard headed if I wanted something easy I would have bought a BB 69 Camaro and looked like the rest of the world !!! I will know more and report back here in a few weeks as this block will be headed to NC for machine work and assembly.


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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: RBRE] #2837194
10/25/20 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by RBRE
Over the last 4 years I have purchased 16 Bulldog blocks. Every single block had some kind of issue. They could all be corrected and used if you owned a machine shop except the last 5 we received. Many had the cam tunnel too tight, not an easy fix. All were too tight in the main saddles and needed align hone. Some had the main bearing tangs in the wrong locations. A few blocks wouldn’t accept a distributor because the hole was too small. Three blocks wouldn’t accept the oil drive gear and had to be machined longer for the gear. A recent block had a pin hole in a cylinder. All the blocks have an oil pump bolt that goes into the water jacket. We had 4 blocks that had the soft plug holes machined too small. Some blocks had the rear water holes tapped too big and the plugs would never tighten. All the HEMI blocks need to be machined for pushrod clearance. The oil pickups adaptor was a copy of the world block but is on the wrong angle and the adaptor + pickup hit the crank. Many of the blocks need to be lifter bushed because the lifter holes were .002” tapered. Last week we had a new 540 Hemi on the dyno for cam break in. When we removed the valve covers the oil was milky. Removed the intake and pressurized the tower and found 8 pin holes in the lifter gallery. When I called Bradshaw he said stop leak, should fix it and he would call me in the morning. That is not the answer I want to hear and wouldn’t send it out the door like that. After seeing this new problem we pressure tested the 5 new blocks I have and 4 of them all leak water into the lifter oil passage. There is no fix for this. I have called Bradshaw every day for 10 days and he will not even return my calls. If you have a Bulldog block or waiting for one I would check all the things I mentioned.

Ray Barton
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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: sogtx] #2837195
10/25/20 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by sogtx
Originally Posted by RBRE
Over the last 4 years I have purchased 16 Bulldog blocks. Every single block had some kind of issue. They could all be corrected and used if you owned a machine shop except the last 5 we received. Many had the cam tunnel too tight, not an easy fix. All were too tight in the main saddles and needed align hone. Some had the main bearing tangs in the wrong locations. A few blocks wouldn’t accept a distributor because the hole was too small. Three blocks wouldn’t accept the oil drive gear and had to be machined longer for the gear. A recent block had a pin hole in a cylinder. All the blocks have an oil pump bolt that goes into the water jacket. We had 4 blocks that had the soft plug holes machined too small. Some blocks had the rear water holes tapped too big and the plugs would never tighten. All the HEMI blocks need to be machined for pushrod clearance. The oil pickups adaptor was a copy of the world block but is on the wrong angle and the adaptor + pickup hit the crank. Many of the blocks need to be lifter bushed because the lifter holes were .002” tapered. Last week we had a new 540 Hemi on the dyno for cam break in. When we removed the valve covers the oil was milky. Removed the intake and pressurized the tower and found 8 pin holes in the lifter gallery. When I called Bradshaw he said stop leak, should fix it and he would call me in the morning. That is not the answer I want to hear and wouldn’t send it out the door like that. After seeing this new problem we pressure tested the 5 new blocks I have and 4 of them all leak water into the lifter oil passage. There is no fix for this. I have called Bradshaw every day for 10 days and he will not even return my calls. If you have a Bulldog block or waiting for one I would check all the things I mentioned.

Ray Barton
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I was getting ready to order one.....ouch. Its like Indy all over again.


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Re: 440/HEMI 'The Block' by Bulldog Performance. [Re: Dragula] #2837201
10/25/20 08:54 AM
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Porosity problems can be a killer. I don’t think I would even consider a block with known problems in that area. Thanks to Ray for that testimony.

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