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'74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank?

Posted By: RapidRobert

'74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/20/19 04:39 PM

which is likely? it is aways away. Thank you for your time.
Posted By: DusterKid

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/20/19 05:19 PM

My guess would be cast. I think mid 1973 or so cars switched to cast cranks. I've read some still got a forged crank if it had a 4 speed or was a truck or police engine. Others will more knowledge will chim in I'm sure.
Posted By: topside

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/20/19 05:36 PM

Can you get a photo of the balancer (harmonic damper)?
Likely a cast crank with the big lumpy balancer.
Posted By: John_Kunkel

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/20/19 06:41 PM

Standard performance likely cast, HP could go either way.
Posted By: RapidRobert

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/21/19 11:24 PM

it is std so it sounds like the odds are that it is cast. If I get serious about I will have him eyeball it or take a pic. Thanks guys.
Posted By: Montclaire

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/21/19 11:53 PM

If you arent planning on hooking it to a 4spd and won't be turning mega HP numbers, a well seasoned cast crank can take plenty of abuse.
Posted By: RapidRobert

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 03:40 AM

It's a pretty good shape original that I would keep as a daily driver . I'd be a little more generous if it would be a steel crank.
Posted By: larrymopar360

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 04:20 PM

Weren't steel cranks gone after 1972 in the 440, HP or not?
Posted By: 500ciDuster

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 04:41 PM

I've seen 73 but maybe it was early and then I have a 74 motor home engine that has a steel
Posted By: John_Kunkel

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 05:10 PM

Mopar SB

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Posted By: larrymopar360

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 10:20 PM

I guess I should have written gone after '73, not '72, either way he's asking about '74.
Posted By: Montclaire

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/22/19 11:23 PM

Originally Posted by RapidRobert
It's a pretty good shape original that I would keep as a daily driver . I'd be a little more generous if it would be a steel crank.


It honestly makes zero difference for what you want it for. It's lasted 45 years, I think you'll be good. shruggy
Posted By: RapidRobert

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/23/19 12:23 AM

Yes for a DD it makes no difference but if it is a steel crank it may (eventually) find a new home.
Posted By: larrymopar360

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/23/19 03:36 PM

Originally Posted by RapidRobert
Yes for a DD it makes no difference but if it is a steel crank it may (eventually) find a new home.
And, if you're like me, it feels really nice knowing you have a steel crank. I love overkill.
Posted By: RapidRobert

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/23/19 04:16 PM

^^^ That's the story of my life brother. & if it is a steel cranker it will make we wanna grab/purchase another early A body to drop it into, Like I need another (un)finished project at the moment.
Posted By: larrymopar360

Re: '74 brougham 440, steel or cast crank? - 06/23/19 07:36 PM

Originally Posted by RapidRobert
^^^ That's the story of my life brother. & if it is a steel cranker it will make we wanna grab/purchase another early A body to drop it into, Like I need another (un)finished project at the moment.
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