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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston! View Post
    A bit of bad news today, the block has 2 cracks and the 2 middle exhaust ports on the heads have been eroded beyond repair. A block and heads are going to be sourced by the machinist who knows a bloke with a cache of Chrysler parts.

    Roller rockers will be used and a .238 (hope that's right) crane cam is going in and KB pistons and file in rings will be used. Despite the bad news today I'm even more excited for what's to come of this build. The engine was awful before, constantly bogging down and stalling around corners, overheating because of the blockage, the large puff of smoke upon acceleration.
    Yeah they cost a lot of money these old Mopar LA engines.. Even for a BASIC rebuild .. But you've found this out the hard way, welcome to the world of Chryslers...

    1 little apprehension I have is you are going thru a 'mechanic' shop and not a pro engine builder so you may pay a bit more as they farm a lot of the work out and the put a bit on top .. Could be wrong though ..

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    I like your positive attitude, and I hope your machinist finds a new block for you.
    I have a soft spot for the 318.
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    They certainly do cost a bit more than Ford's or Holden's. I was told if it were a Holden or Ford I'd be looking at about $3000 less than what it's going to cost to build the 318. Everything is so bloody expensive but it will be worth it in the end. The bloke who is building my engine does build high performance engines as well as suspension, exhaust, cages etc. and I trust his work 👍
    Quote Originally Posted by paulzig View Post
    Yeah they cost a lot of money these old Mopar LA engines.. Even for a BASIC rebuild .. But you've found this out the hard way, welcome to the world of Chryslers...

    1 little apprehension I have is you are going thru a 'mechanic' shop and not a pro engine builder so you may pay a bit more as they farm a lot of the work out and the put a bit on top .. Could be wrong though ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce. View Post
    I like your positive attitude, and I hope your machinist finds a new block for you.
    I have a soft spot for the 318.
    Thanks! Hopefully the block and heads are in good condition. I've always loved the 318's. My dad has a 65 dodge Phoenix with a 318 poly which is a whole other realm of expensive.

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    Just hope it dont turn out to be a 10-12 grand engine rebuild for a motor that will make 300HP thats all .. Expensive for a rebuild yes, with performance stuff, but I'd say on par with a Holden 308 for a STOCK style rebuild but not 3 grand more .. So already the figure of $3000 more than a Holden/Ford is starting to worry me ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulzig View Post
    Just hope it dont turn out to be a 10-12 grand engine rebuild for a motor that will make 300HP thats all .. Expensive for a rebuild yes, with performance stuff, but I'd say on par with a Holden 308 for a STOCK style rebuild but not 3 grand more .. So already the figure of $3000 more than a Holden/Ford is starting to worry me ...
    I probably misunderstood what he was saying comparing build cost between them, at that point all I was thinking was shit shit shit shit shit as it was right after he told me about the block and heads.

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    I have a 360 rebuilder here if that will help

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    Quote Originally Posted by desoto30 View Post
    I have a 360 rebuilder here if that will help
    Oh yeah?

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    what do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by desoto30 View Post
    what do you mean?
    Just saying words sorry haha

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    The machinists contact has a standard bore block and a set of j heads that will be cleaned and crack tested 👍👍👍

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    you may as well go a set of aftermarket heads

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    Probably, but the budget isn't there at present. The rebuild was already an unexpected cost.

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    Goodluck with this Winston! Hopefully it doesn't cost too much or take too long!!

    Got some photos of the car in the meantime !?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HJKingsy View Post
    Goodluck with this Winston! Hopefully it doesn't cost too much or take too long!!

    Got some photos of the car in the meantime !?
    Thanks! 👍 hopefully not, it's a shame about the original block and heads. Fingers crossed the transmission is okay!

    I'll get some pics of the car as is a bit later 🚗👍

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