The Truth About Cars » Chrysler LA Engine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Chrysler LA Engine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: NO, IT’S NOT A HEMI! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-no-its-not-a-hemi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-no-its-not-a-hemi/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428564 The good old Chrysler 318 engine has been around since, oh, around the start of the Iron Age. From about 1,000 BC to 2002 AD, the 318 and its LA engine relatives were installed in Chrysler products, and they did a fine job. If it hadn’t been for the cockroach-grade immortality of the Chrysler Slant Six, in fact, we’d probably be talking about the 318 as the most unkillable engine Detroit ever made. In 1992, Chrysler updated the 318 (which had gone to a roller cam a few years before) with high-pressure multi-point fuel injection and more emission-friendly heads… and they called it the 5.2 Magnum, no doubt because the original Dodge Magnum hadn’t been good enough to justify such a cool name. As I discovered in a Denver wrecking yard last week, at least one Dakota owner was proud enough of his Magnum to apply a full-body vinyl wrap to his truck.
I’m hoping that this truck was owned by a shop specializing in hot-rodded Magnums for the off-road crowd, or some sort of outdoorsy engine-related business, because getting a screaming-eagles-and-virgin-forest vinyl wrap job for a Dakota seems somewhat creepy otherwise.
Here it is: Magnum.
I might be talking heresy here, but a Hemi in a Dakota sounds like a fine idea to me.

10 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 01 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 02 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 03 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 04 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 05 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 06 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 07 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 08 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden 09 - 1993 Dodge Dakota Down On The Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Phillip 'Warlord of the Alameda East Side Locos' Greden Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail ]]>
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5th-Gen Civic: Cargo-Haulin’ Workhorse! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/5th-gen-civic-cargo-haulin-workhorse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/5th-gen-civic-cargo-haulin-workhorse/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377709
Some folks will tell you that you need a big ol’ truck to haul a grimy cast-iron V8, but those folks are wrong! My beater ’92 Civic, which stood up well when compared to the Audi R8, not only sports a trailer hitch (no doubt suitable for hauling popcorn carts weighing up to several hundred pounds) but the cargo-area capacity to take a disassembled Chrysler LA engine.

When I pulled the rod-knockitty 318 out of my ’66 Dodge A100 Hell Project, I thought that I might rebuild it for later use in the ’49 Plymouth sedan project I keep threatening to do… but once I opened it up, I changed my mind. Crank bad. Block bad. Smog heads. Plan B: give the engine to my friend who makes regular scrap-metal-for-cash runs, so he can turn it into a few bucks for his ill-advised car projects.

The key to making large objects fit in your pre-Model-Bloat Civic (the current Civic has packed on the bulk like Ozzy Osbourne after his infamous motel-room whiskey-and-donut binge) is the tailgate. Even though the car is a total cheapo beater, I laid down an old sheet in the cargo area to keep the worst of the grunge off the interior. Block, heads, intake, exhaust manifolds, accessory brackets, everything. It all fits just fine, even with the back seats up!

The rear doesn’t sag too badly with all that extra weight, although the handling did get a little funky. As for the engine for the ’49 Plymouth project (which will use this car as a role model), I’m thinking supercharged Slant Six.
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