Post Mortem on a 360

Small Block Mopar Engine

  1. yellow rose

    yellow rose Doctor of Thinkology.

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    I'd sleeve that block in a New York second and never look back. Done correctly, the sleeve will be as strong as the original block, and the materiel of the sleeve will be better if you get the right sleeve.

    Secondly, if the pickup turned in the pump, it wasn't set up correctly. There is no way the pickup can turn if the pickup is touching the bottom of the pan, and it should be touching the bottom of the pan.

    Seems silly to throw away a block. Any block you end up with will need to be decked, line honed and everything else.
     
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    • MOPAROFFICIAL

      MOPAROFFICIAL Well-Known Member

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      If you look back in some of the pics you kind of see the pick up Mark at the bottom of the pan, that's how I figured it was there where it needed to be. I agree he could sleeve it. Me? I'd rather start with a fresh block for something high-output. I agree on the durability etc of a sleeve, but I've also had a sleeve installed by a reputable shop move .010 down after so many runs down the strip @ 400hp 9.5 comp. Its inside the fire ring.. wouldnt have known it if I didn't pull n go through the x heads...but still, it wasn't done right is all.. but it ending happening..like anything can. Before all else ...I'd be sure of what exactly happened and correct it. No brainer, I know..
       
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      • Dartnut

        Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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        You hit the nail on the head here.
        Just so everyone knows, i knew the guy that built the car some years ago and that's exactly how he did things as you described it.
        Nothing special such as decking or balancing went into this engine.
        He built hand grenades and poured the laughing gas to 'em hoping that they would hold together................lol
         
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        • Wyrmrider

          Wyrmrider Well-Known Member

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          we used to take a stock junkkyard hemi, add our heads, cam and carbs and run jr fuel
          back when dragracing was fun
           
        • Krooser

          Krooser Reform School Graduate

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          In '79 during my first visit to Bonneville I wound up helping some fuel altered guys rebuild their motor in their motel room... even had the legendary bath tub parts washer going...

          Jim you've heard the stories of these guys buying Hemi's at the junkyard in SLC, then doing what you did with heads and such, then running 200 mph+ the next day. No time for nothing fancy when you have records to run for....
           
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