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So I've had this car pretty much finished for a few years now, it's been thru some different phases to get where it is. It's time for another phase.
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Many have suggested a 16 valve swap would great, and I agree, but what to choose? TIII? 2.4? 2.5 Hybrid? Nah, too easy. I'm gonna use this.

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As some of yinz know, I won this at the Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals in 2010. So I figure I might as well use it for the swap, technically speaking it IS a 16v motor. It's a 408 inch LA based stroker built by Muscle Motors. [email protected] and 511ft/[email protected] on the dyno. Should be a good starting point.

So here's the plan. Gonna back the motor up with an A-500 4spd. auto out of a Dakota, and a 3.23 geared 8 3/4. I'll be using one of Kenny Exline's frame kits for the install. Yes, I'm going to cut up a flawless, rust free 30K mile car.

I'll update here as progress comes and time permits....should be interesting. :thumb:
 

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Welded in some 1/8" plate to fill the holes.

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Rear frame welded in.


Making the frame ties out of this. It fits perfectly over the factory unibody rails.

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Trial fit on the rear suspension.
 

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The stock digital dash refused to play well without the smec. I could get everything to work, just not correctly. The tach showed 3500 at idle, the fuel gauge read full all the time etc... So I sacrificed an old analog cluster for some new Intellitronix gauges. I still might tint the overlay and see how it looks blacked out.
 

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I've always wondered about he "street type" swaps. The engine sits so far forward I'd think the weight bias would be way off! Looks like it would be very nose heavy. Let us know!. Should be able to burn rubber in any gear!
 

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Yea, it's pretty zippy. lol. Actually it drives fine. I can feel the difference in the balance, but it's not awkward or clumsy at all. I haven't put the sway bars back in yet, once I gat those back in it should be even a little better.
 

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That's the plan. I'll try the VHT Nite Shade stuff for tinting taillights on an extra overlay I have to see if I can get the same effect.
 
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