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emtfireman9 09-07-2013 03:49 PM

'86 w250
I just purchased an '86 dodge w 250 4x4. It's got a stock 5.2l w 2 barrel carb.
I was wanting t build the engine to about 400hp for mudbogging.
I'm currently in paramedic school & still trying to stay full time @ work.
I would like to build motor for less that $1500. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to email me @

HemiLonestar 09-07-2013 05:14 PM

Start with a 360 if you want a small block. You'll be ahead of the curve starting out with the bigger bore and longer stroke (no replacement for displacement). It will also be easier to build a good torque engine (what you'll need) starting with a 360 than a 318. If you don't have to worry about emissions or mileage, throw a big block in there.

Gen1dak 09-08-2013 11:52 PM Just about as low buck as you're gonna get.

emtfireman9 09-13-2013 07:01 PM

Will the 5.2 & 5.9 magnum from newer rides bolt up to the 86's tyranny?

Gen1dak 09-14-2013 01:04 AM

Yes, but you should avoid automatics from 1996 and up as they are electronically actuated in all phases. 1995 and older are hydraulically controlled and will work just like your 3-speed. You just need a simple toggle switch to supply power to the overdrive section.

HemiLonestar 09-14-2013 02:55 PM

Go with an A518.

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