In another post a said I bought a 1979 chrysler cordoba, now I plan on pulling the motor out this weekend but I am a little hesitant about this, the only motor I have ever pulled was an 1983 307 big block. The motor in this dodge looks alot more complex, I just dont know where to start. Let me rephrase that, I will be able to get it out but I am not sure how to get everything back together, is there a manual on stuff like this or a method on how to remember where everything goes back together?
This is the engine, if you look in the top left of the picture there is
this like white rectangular block with a wire going into either side of it,
I was just wondering what it is because it is actually broken and the top
peice is just sitting on it, also in the picture you can see that the
altenator belt is twisted, it does that i am assuming because it has a home
made altenator bracket in there that doesnt line up properly.
That's a ballast resistor. It's the wrong one... You need a single. Thats a
dual. You can buy them for a few bucks at an autoparts store. It's an
That's a crappy picture, but very obviously a small block. In the car it's in I'm going to assume it's a 360. It's not very hard at all to assemble and disassemble. Get a haynes manual, post here, and you will be able to do it.
Why pull the motor?
I was told when I bought the car it was a big block, although he could be wrong, I have no idea. I want to pull the engine and try and find an old dodge dart or maybe a duster that needs an engine or doesnt have one.
It's a small block. We know this because the distributor is in the rear of the engine. It's probably a 360. If it is a 360, it would be perfect for a dart or duster.
Yah he told me it was a 360 big block, is that ballist resistor important?
It won't run without it. A dual will work with no problem, just has an
extra resistor thats useless (note the two useless connecters under the top
two). The good thing about it is that if your car won't run and you have a
bad ballast resistor you can just switch to the bottem two connectors. :hi:
Here is what it could look like.
360 is a small-block. 361 starts off the big blocks.
thanks for the information, I am new to dodge motors and am learning as much as i can, is the 360 a strong motor for a car or should i be searching for something else?
And 1 more question, the pics you posted, are they a before and after?
The 340 and 360 are two of really the greatest motors Chrysler ever put
into production. Alot of people prefer them over anything else, even big
blocks. Especially in the lighter cars such as a Dart or Duster.
No. But they could be for you. That built 360 has a single plane intake and most likely a hot cam to go along with it. It's a very strong motor. Just looking at it, I'd say that 360 in the picture is pumping out about 425-450 horsepower.
thanks for the replies