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Old 06-20-2012, 07:57 AM   #15
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I had the Nylon tooth timing gear problem with my 318 dodge engine. I was fortunate that it did not bend any valves. I put the double row roller chain back in. If yours has that type of gear it will fail sooner or later.

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Old 06-21-2012, 01:11 AM   #16
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I used to race a drag boat, 454 bored out and stroked to 560 CID with a 6-71 supercharger. Sometimes I was lucky and I got 1/4 mile out of that motor before it blew-up.
Your mileage my vary.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #17
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Zddp oil

Engines older than 1997 need oil with zddp. Newer engines don't need it so most oil dosn't have it.

454 will run 200k with the right oil.
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454 engines have the worst reputation in early mo/hos, that why so many are parked behind the barn with a blue tarp over them. It was the bad manifold design, mated with hubby putting his foot in it, without a temp gauge.I talked with a guy who'd blown his 454 mo/ho who said, "great engine, as long as it's in a 1/2 ton pickup".
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454 engines have the worst reputation in early mo/hos, that why so many are parked behind the barn with a blue tarp over them. It was the bad manifold design, mated with hubby putting his foot in it, without a temp gauge.I talked with a guy who'd blown his 454 mo/ho who said, "great engine, as long as it's in a 1/2 ton pickup".
Yeah, gimme a DODGE 440-3 any day.
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