So here is my scenario:
Currently have a 74 Challenger with a 318 that has blown a rear main seal, obviously the cheapest thing to do is to pull the engine, change the faulty seal, put it back in and run it till I plan a full on resotration (Approx. 5 years)
However this makes me think why not just build up an engine and drop it in place, and because my car is a 74 the 360 engine is my go to plan.
I have sourced a 73 360 truck block that would be a drop in however it requires a full rebuild. It is currently bone stock, all the parts are there minus the water pump, alternator, distributor and intake ( all parts I would replace in a build anyways)
I live in eastern Ontario (so the car is put to bed for the winter currently) and have some time to really think about my options.
I have searched around and found about a million different engine combo's that are good bang for buck builds, I understand the cost of machining the engine will be, but by the time I build this engine I will be within a couple hundred dollars of just buying a crate engine.
If i were to do a light 360 build it would probably look like this:
Deck the block, machine a bit off the head (these would be based on alowable tolerances to raise the compression slightly) Get some mild headwork done, a light honing of the cylinders, a good Cam, intake, carb, use the current tube headers from the 318, drop it back in and give it some nice timing. No idea of power with this set up but likely not enough to destroy my A904, and give me more pep then my 318.
Also does anyone have any ideas of a good engine rebuild kit out there? I can only find the same few out there and no idea how good they are. I am looking for a kit that contains pistons, all the rings, gaskets, freeze plugs, cam breagins, crank bearings etc...looking for quality parts too.
IF anyone has any leads on a quality crate engine you can send those along too.
I'm 25, long time mopar fan but i only got my car 2 years ago so still super new. I have pretty good mechanical abilities, and allt he tools required to do this job.