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  1. 956jd70

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    Hello everyone! Got my hands on a rust heap '70 Challenger 318 3-speed. Most would consider it too far gone and my family thinks I've lost my mind but this thing makes me smile. I'm very new to welding and wrenching so the hope is to learn along the way. Seeing all the help provided by this forum gives me the encouragement I need. Thanks and wish me luck!

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    Welcome to the site.
    I love your challenger and it does make me smile too. How about some background on the car?

    You have great mopar people here and you'll have no problem getting good advice, I wish you the best of luck!
     
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    Welcome Aboard, start a restoration thread so we can follow your progress. Good luck :thumbsup:
     
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    Welcome to the site from the Motor City! Looks like a worthy project!:thumbsup:
     
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    Nice Challenger project. A lot of possibilities in building something you like!
    :welcome: To FEBO from New Jersey
     
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    Well thanks for the reply! I don't know too much history on it at the moment. I can tell you that I paid $500 in the deepest part of TX for it and it came with the original 318 3spd. It has a "V02 EW1" code. Not sure how rare that is but still pretty cool to me.

    I popped the heads off over the weekend only to discover the worst case of internal rusting I've ever seen. So now it's time to consider an engine swap or a complete hot tank/rebuild. This is supposed to be a budget rat-build for now. Here's a shot of the motor for y'all to enjoy.

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  7. 340challconvert

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    Suggestion; pick up a nice 360 small block. They are common enough so that you don't have to bust the bank. They can be worked in any number of ways (stock, stroked) and have plenty of parts available. I wouldn't sink too much money into that 318.(340's have gotten harder to find and more expensive)
    JMO
    Best of luck with your plans for the car.
     
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    Welcome from NW CT. You definitely have your work cut out for you but it will be rewarding. Lots of us here ready to help - just ask. Please keep us up-to-date on your progress...
     
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    "Ran when parked".........:welcome:
     
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    Welcome to the site from mid Michigan. Sounds like you are not doing a full restoration, but just enough work to get her road worthy. Sounds like a good plan. How are the frame rails? Looks like that 318 was at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico:eek:
     
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    Welcome welcome
    Agree on the 360
    I have had several 360”s in my pre 1973trucks
    No smog a little head work
    Edelbrock LD 340 manifold
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    You will be happy and not broke
     
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    Stupid spell check A F B 625
     
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    Welcome!
    a vo2 ew1. that's awesome. What is the bottom color of the car?
    Not many of those come up for sale. Not many made.
    How about the fender tag readout?
     
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    Road worthy is the plan for now. the 318 is definitely a boat anchor, but I'm so tempted to clean it all and see if it'll run only because it's all i can do before coming up with an affordable engine swap. The pushrods are pitted and the rocker arms arent so circular at the pivot hole so maybe I'll find some cheap valve train replacements. Frame rails are decent but will need some rust encapsulator.
     
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    I definitely like the sound of this. I'll begin the 360 hunt. Thanks!
     
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    :welcome: aboard!
     
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    Now that's an awesome car! Love the vo2. Very hard to find. Especially with b5 and a white stripe.

    Yeah the 318 is a boat anchor but make sure you keep it around as when you sell it down the road it will actually help the value of the car.

    You sure can build a 318 to be a very stout motor though. I have a friend with a 318 that most would swear was a 360 as it pulls very very hard!