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Hey guys.....stoopid page posted on me for some reason........looking to get a new crate engine for my truck and do a complete rebuild! Saved a bunch of $$$ and would like to drop a 10k$ motor in it. Where do I start looking? Do I go to a dodge dealership and ask them? Or they gonna rip me off? I just want the same engine I have now but with 0 km on it. Or should I just get a rebuild on the one I have? Any ideas? Thanks guys
 

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I'd get the one you have now rebuilt; it's already seasoned, any core shifting is done.

This is with the caveat that you get it sonically tested before you start having it built. And that your machine shop has the proper torque plates for it.

But if you must go crate motor, I'd check places like Jegs, Summit, Hughes, etc. to find one that's "built" already.

Other than that, locate you a good tuner (I haven't used one, so I don't know, but I rather like how Ryan Hogan sounds in his forum; but again, no experience with his tunes personally.)

Talk to them, see what they recommend for your end goal.

RwP
 

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Thanks boss. I’m leaning that way as there’s nothing wrong with it.....I just want fu cking dodge to come out with a new dak!!! I love my BIG BLACK BERTHA! I just want to keep her running smooth for years to come. She only has 92000 on her engine now but 290000 on her fat azz!! LOL. Saw a helicat swap on YouTube and thought that may be the way to go.....although I couldn’t do it in a million years but I have the cash to get someone else to do it! Maybe this time I’ll throw a turbo or supercharger in her....depends what the wife gets done to her track stang this year! Thanks again for the advice! Anyone else wanna chime in? Love the thoughts and advice!
 

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Heck ya sir! That’s what I was after!! I thought marine woulda chimed in by now!! Hahahaaa! Thanks again
 

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How much is too much.......? 10k$ I figure for it all no?
 

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If you keep your eyes on eBay, there are 5.7 Hemis with transmissions attached to them, that go for under five grand. That would leave you enough money to buy all the Holley swap parts.
 

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Yeah I looked but I live in Canada now and they rape you on the duty and exchange rates. Hate living here as u can’t get any decent parts for a decent price! I think the rebuild would be the best option as it will only cost around 3000$ and I can get the upgrades as I go. I’m planning on doing it in the winter as I’ll be working and won’t need it until I get home. Wife can use her winter suv this year! LOL
 

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...food for thought - if you're going to have the bottom end completely reconditioned, you could opt for a stroker kit too, and instead of spending $ on having the crank turned, rods recon'd, new pistons, etc you could spend similar (maybe less) $ on a stroker bottom end kit - if your engine is a 360 you'd end up with around a 408. I'm not as savvy on which kits so I can't make a recommendation, and I will say they all seem to lend to more of a 'horsepower' application and less of a 'big block torque' application, but they do make for some serious increases in cubic inches, and toss on a set of basic new aluminum heads and headers and you'd have a fairly solid small block.

...or you could drop a 440 under the hood; it fits...but it's a hellaridiculous amount of work... 🤣... :cool:

 

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......definitely a different approach. May be more work than I’d like to get into. A hemi swap sounds like the way to go so far. I’ll consider it though.
 
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