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I have a 65 Dart Gt with a 273 in it but the engine has real low compression. So i found a long block 383 for a real good price. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with putting a 383 in a 65 dart, or if anyone has any suggestions on what to look out for or any problems that could be? Is this to big of a hassle? Or even possible?Thanks, Tyler
 

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I have built several different early A-body combos. It's somewhat a hassle, but well worth it. The first problem is the trans tunnel, it was newer designed for a 727 trans and even less for a BB bellhousing, so you have to do some clearancing there. It would be a good idea to enlargen the whole trans tunnel, but hammering the bodyseam flat in there should give you just enough room for the trans. The engine mounts are pretty easy to build, and if I remember correctly, someone even sells conversion mounts for the BB early A-bodies. There is no ready headers for this combo, but with a B-block like in most 383's there is room for at least log style factory exhaust manifolds, may need to modify the drivers side a bit, and maybe even cut the steering shaft housing in the engine bay a bit to get more room. Add a good radiator, and a strong enough rear axle, and you will have fun for years to come.
 
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not that hard. this is a 66 cuda with a 383, hipo manifolds and a 4 spd.........

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does anyone have anymore pics of an early A with a shortdeck BB? i havnt really seen a good pic of a bb in an early A
 

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farmer_joe252 said:
does anyone have anymore pics of an early A with a shortdeck BB? i havnt really seen a good pic of a bb in an early A
I would be pretty surprised if Sweatybetty didn't have, or couldn't easily get those pics for ya!
'Course I do get surprised often when I presume to speak for others!
But nobody's thrown any old MOPAR starters at me lately! Looks from that one pic that the
hipo rear exit manifolds might solve the steering box clearanceissues that come up with a small
block V8 in the '630-'66 A body cars. Of course there still is the issue of the extra hundred pounds
over the wrong wheels....
 

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What brand of clutch master cylinder is that? I want a hydraulic clutch linkage for my 66 Barracuda, but the Keilser set up won't work with Doug's headers, which I would like to run on my 340. I don't know if th TTI's will work with it or not. It's a lot of money to throw down without knowing if it will work or not.

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Lee

1966 Barracuda, 340, 4 speed
 
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lilcuda said:
What brand of clutch master cylinder is that? I want a hydraulic clutch linkage for my 66 Barracuda, but the Keilser set up won't work with Doug's headers, which I would like to run on my 340. I don't know if th TTI's will work with it or not. It's a lot of money to throw down without knowing if it will work or not.

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Lee

1966 Barracuda, 340, 4 speed
Lee, its a willwood. heres the slave

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=WIL-260-3378&N=115&autoview=sku

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farmer_joe252 said:
does anyone have anymore pics of an early A with a shortdeck BB? i havnt really seen a good pic of a bb in an early A
heres a couple more

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farmer_joe252 said:
does anyone have anymore pics of an early A with a shortdeck BB? i havnt really seen a good pic of a bb in an early A
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lilcuda said:
What brand of clutch master cylinder is that? I want a hydraulic clutch linkage for my 66 Barracuda, but the Keilser set up won't work with Doug's headers, which I would like to run on my 340. I don't know if th TTI's will work with it or not. It's a lot of money to throw down without knowing if it will work or not.

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Lee

1966 Barracuda, 340, 4 speed


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Thanks for the photos & info on the Wilwood master cylinder, sweatybetty! I may buy the Keisler setup and substitute the Wilwood master cylinder. The Keisler setup uses the trick throwout bearing which eliminates the throwout fork. Or I'll see if they will sell me just the parts I need.

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lilcuda said:
Thanks for the photos & info on the Wilwood master cylinder, sweatybetty! I may buy the Keisler setup and substitute the Wilwood master cylinder. The Keisler setup uses the trick throwout bearing which eliminates the throwout fork. Or I'll see if they will sell me just the parts I need.

Lee
glad to be of some help ;) boy i wish i could afford that damned throwout bearing!! cant justify it right now. but its the trick sh#$ though isnt it? i do think that the set up im using will work good though.
 
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64ragtop said:
farmer_joe252 said:
does anyone have anymore pics of an early A with a shortdeck BB? i havnt really seen a good pic of a bb in an early A
I would be pretty surprised if Sweatybetty didn't have, or couldn't easily get those pics for ya!
'Course I do get surprised often when I presume to speak for others!
But nobody's thrown any old MOPAR starters at me lately!  Looks from that one pic that the
hipo rear exit manifolds might solve the steering box clearanceissues that come up with a small
block V8 in the '630-'66 A body cars.  Of course there still is the issue of the extra hundred pounds
over the wrong wheels....

that extra hundred pounds just makes a bit more of a challenge to get the fronts off the ground ;D
 

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Jim_Lusk said:
Lee, Is the Keisler throwout bearing just the McLeod part? I've thought about that for Jeff's Dart. I also know that some Dakotas used a hydraulic setup.
My '91 Dakota uses a similar hydraulic clutch setup! {O
 

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Jim_Lusk said:
Lee, welcome. I knew it had to be you when I saw the user name.

Here's an OLD pic of Lee's car (circa 1984, three years BEFORE Lee bought it).
Thanks, Jim. Glad to have that old pic of the car. One of these days, I'll get a newer photo of it posted here. It's changed a bit since 1984, but miraculously, the paint still looks OK for a driver. It's now stored inside, so at least it won't deteriorate as fast. We had an extra wide and deep detached two car garage built last year (26 x 35). It shares the space with my '96 Z28. (Am I allowed to mention that here?) :-[

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Jim_Lusk said:
Lee, Is the Keisler throwout bearing just the McLeod part? I've thought about that for Jeff's Dart. I also know that some Dakotas used a hydraulic setup.
I think it's different. The early Keisler setup had 2 lines going to it, one for pressure and one for bleeding. I think that was the McLeod part. The new one just has one line for pressure. My friend has it on his '64 Cuda. I don't have a photo of it on this computer, but here's a small photo from the Keisler website.

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