Planning on dropping in the motor this weekend. Just got the wheels and new tires on. Hoping for one or two Auto Cross events before the season is out.
Horsepower = Plenty
Torque = Plenty
We decided to remove the old original vacuum controled massive heater box and replace it with a aftermarket produce from Summit Racing. Here’s a picture of it mounted to the firewall. This will eliminate a little weight and should give us enough heatto defrost the windows and warm things up in the cabin.
We have put the motor in and out about 5 times to get the fitment correct for the headers. It’s a puzzle to fit the headers that we just happened upon in the trunk of another car we bought. About a year ago we bought a 74 Dart with a 318 and a locked trunk with no key. When we got into the trunk we found the headers and a few other gem parts too. So.. We have no idea what type of headers we have. Maybe Keith Black? We did have to bend and hammer the headers somewhat to get the center link to clear at the idler arm, and the power steering coupler was rubbing too. We finally got the fit good. Its tight but it’s going to work. Factors that make it tuff to fit headers are lowering the car and having a power steering pump. We were able to use the factory starter and did not need to go with a mini starter. So far so good.
Now were fitting all the bits and pieces and will fire up next weekend. I’m glad this is a hobby at this point.
Duster headers. A body headers. Dart Demon Valiant Barracuda headers. Fitting headers in an A body.
This is the left (drivers) side mount. For non-spool type mounts (72 and earlier) you can easily fabricate a tab to the 318 mount as seen in the picture above. It works great and saves you from spending 165 bucks from Schumacher for the very common motor swap from 318 to 360.
Mopar 318 to 360 motor swap non spool type motor mounts
Jay Moody of Jagged Edge does all our welding and fabrication. He is an amazing welder and fabricator! We’re lucky to have him work on our cars. If you need a great fabricator/welder or some metal art contact him at www.jaggedgepdx.com