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by johnny5
Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 392 Crankshafts

I think the 392 blocks are being made but they're not being advertised (Gene Adams). Used cranks are on the high side for asking price, if you want a low deck or tall deck stroker then Ohio will make one for just under $1600. Since that's around the same cost as buying a 392 OEM core and modifying i...
by johnny5
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 331-354-392 Crankshafts

I emailed several places including SCAT and Eagle. If any of you want an affordable crank drop a note to service@eaglerod.com and Cranktech@ScatEnterprises.com and let them know there is a potential market for these. I told them I was interested in the low deck, it's up to you.
by johnny5
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 392 Crankshafts

It's getting harder to work on these things every day. Welded strokers have gone up to the price SCAT and Eagle are selling new forged cranks for (for almost every engine but the 331, 354 ro 392 that is) and no one like myself will spend over 2K on a crank. Something's gotta give. I wonder who's gon...
by johnny5
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 392 Crankshafts

The local crank shop was a bust. Nice site, no customer service. Sadly commonplace today.
by johnny5
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: 331 "W" Block limits
Replies: 58
Views: 32830

Re: 331 "W" Block limits

really? my last set was $500. too bad, they used to be the reasonable alternative.
by johnny5
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Sodium Filled Exhaust Valves...
Replies: 9
Views: 6301

Re: Sodium Filled Exhaust Valves...

my very old service manual states:

if there are any visible cracks in the valve, dig a deep hole in the ground and bury it

no kidding. that was the way they suggested to dispose of it. that's because sodium 'explodes' like a grenade when in contact with water. get rid of them.
by johnny5
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 392 Crankshafts

even the worst early hemi stroker combo has a better ratio than a sbc. if you go with off the shelf 6.8" rods you have a 1.60 ratio and a good skirt on the piston. it's a personal preference of the engine builder. outer limits are probably 6.535 rods on a 4.375" crank in a low deck - not so good 1.4...
by johnny5
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Stroker 392 Crankshafts
Replies: 36
Views: 22144

Re: Stroker 392 Crankshafts

There's a local place close to me that markets custom cranks for pretty much anything. If I get brave enough I'll call them and ask just how much a low or high deck crank will cost. If they can sell a batch then then price will definitely be lower.......
by johnny5
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: 331 "W" Block limits
Replies: 58
Views: 32830

Re: 331 "W" Block limits

Another option is to get Venolia custom 331 pistons in any bore size you want, any CR. They're good, way cheaper than Ross etc, they know the old stuff too. Why not try a 3.91" 318 bore with offset ground crank to accept BBC rods? You can get around 360 CID with that combo. An offset ground and prep...
by johnny5
Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: We lost a friend
Replies: 3
Views: 3883

Re: We lost a friend

Geez, I'm sorry to hear that. He competed in on of the recent engine masters challenges with a 354, right?
by johnny5
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: (LEGACY) Early Dodge / DeSoto HEMIs
Topic: Desoto First Year Hemi Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5659

Re: Desoto First Year Hemi Question

They may use the same tranny but the bellhousing is almost guaranteed to be different. Any short bell hemi housing will directly bolt to the Desoto. Just make sure your tranny will bolt up to it. This will require some trial and error on your end.
by johnny5
Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General Hemi Discussion
Topic: HI New Guy Here! Desoto Hemi Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3934

Re: HI New Guy Here! Desoto Hemi Question

There have been plenty of 354's and 392's stuffed into early A-bodies so a later one should be a breeze. It may not slide right in but the modifications required are very minor compared to a big block swap and there are thousands of those out there.
by johnny5
Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: What's your street carbueration?
Replies: 19
Views: 9799

Re: What's your street carbueration?

Either one sounds like a good combination to me. The 500's are simpler and sold as a direct bolt-on pair for dual-quad apps but the Holley's have a meaner look to them and aren't too hard to tune either. I've always wanted to try a Cunningham style 4x1bbl intake with some Carter Y's for the Desoto, ...
by johnny5
Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: What are "555" heads?
Replies: 5
Views: 4726

Re: What are "555" heads?

big66440 wrote:Cool,I have a pair of 56' 354 heads,do you know if all the 354 heads for that year fall under the "best flowing" category?
The ports in the 1954-1956 passenger Chrysler car and industrial heads are the same, so yes.
by johnny5
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

You're missing the point. If a head has less material that is made up by the intake manifold like the FE Ford then the volume will look kinda small even with a very large port. Besides this is way off topic. If you want to debate port size and flow of different engine families then it should be in a...
by johnny5
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: (LEGACY) Early Dodge / DeSoto HEMIs
Topic: low deck and tall deck Desoto ports
Replies: 2
Views: 3612

Re: low deck and tall deck Desoto ports

I've heard that too but no one has ever confirmed it. If they're the same size though then the low deck heads are better rebuild cores. The RB ones tend to crack in the chamber. This must be a casting flaw. Never happens with the little guys.
by johnny5
Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: (LEGACY) Early Dodge / DeSoto HEMIs
Topic: low deck and tall deck Desoto ports
Replies: 2
Views: 3612

low deck and tall deck Desoto ports

Does anyone have the port sizes for the tall deck Desoto heads? I can measure the 291 ones I have myself but I don't have a set of 330/341 heads.
by johnny5
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: (LEGACY) Early Dodge / DeSoto HEMIs
Topic: 291 assembly questions
Replies: 6
Views: 4768

Re: 291 assembly questions

Did you ever get this worked out?
by johnny5
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

Yes, the port volume is only smaller becasue they're short, the openings are larger than average even for some big block engine families.
by johnny5
Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

Hemis cam down surprisingly well. You'd think they'd be low end dogs with the huge ports but they're very common industrial engines. Don't bet on 20 mpg in a truck with either motor. I had a 1983 Dodge swb with a 1966 383, carter AVS and highway gears. It got around 18 on the highway, 15 in the city...
by johnny5
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

Thats a sweet looking truck,how were the floors and the doors? mine has all the common rust problems,I'm a member of sweptline.org forum as well,(looks real similar to this one) and theres tons of great info to be found, theres another sweptline website were an early hemi swap is explained step by ...
by johnny5
Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

This is my old 1968 Fargo. I put it together back from the body shop in December, no engine, tranny, interior, wiring, etc in 2.5 weeks, in 35°F weather (inside, it was about 0°F outside) and drove it 2000 mile from Calgary, AB, Canada to Memphis TN towing my 1971 Valiant pro streeter. Helluva break...
by johnny5
Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

Thanks. That engine is a 10.0:1 525+HP monster that runs on pump premium. Not really a driver motor but could be with a cam change. Early hemis are super-reliable as long as they're built right. Don't skimp on stuff that should be replaced like valve springs, rod bolts, main bolts and pistons. I'd r...
by johnny5
Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: (LEGACY) 331-354-392 HEMIs
Topic: Daily driver 354 vs 383
Replies: 26
Views: 10434

Re: Daily driver 354 vs 383

From a realistic standpoint the 383 is the way to go for your app. If you don't have heads already then save yourself the effort and get some 346's with hard exhausts (installed after) and have the holes opened up to 2.14/1.81 with a bowl hog by the machine shop and hand blend. You get the same or b...
by johnny5
Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: General Hemi Discussion
Topic: H.A.M.B. Hemi Tech Articles - Index and Links
Replies: 3
Views: 3239

Re: H.A.M.B. Hemi Tech Articles - Index and Links

true, but as you learn more about these engines you'll be able to seperate the good from the bad, it only took me about 22 years :D