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#1 JK Culver

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Posted July 10, 2004 at 07:42 am

I was looking at buying a 1965 Plymouth Fury 3. It needs some work done to it. The guy want's $300.00 for it. He said it has a 318 big block in it. I popped the hood and saw a monster. I thought it was a 383 but he say's different. My dad asked me where the distributer was but I didn't pay attention to that. But it did have a 2 bbl carb on it with an 3 speed auto.

#2 patricklynch

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Posted July 10, 2004 at 10:22 am

318 big block? True. There was a 318 big block. 1967 was the year it changed over to the LA318 that was made up to about 1989. I think the big block 318 might have continued slightly longer in trucks and Canada, but I could be wrong about that. My dad's 1963 Plymouth Belvedere had the big 318 and so did my mom's 1966 Dodge Coronet.

If it is a 318 the distributor should be in the back close to the firewall. Good luck if you get it, they're cool cars.

#3 furiousgeorge

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Posted July 19, 2004 at 01:54 am

hey guys, i may be new to Mopars, but to the best of my knowlage, there is no such thing as a big block 318. ever. there was a wide block 318 (the A 318) ended production in 1966, being replaced by the LA 318 (the one we know and love). The reason it looks bigger is because of the wider polyspherical heads.

#4 valiant67

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Posted July 19, 2004 at 07:00 am

You're all refering to the same engine, the big block 318, the wide block 318 or the polyspheric 318. Lots of different names for the same engine. I think Patric was pretty accurate on the years for it.
http://www.allpar.com/mopar/318.html

#5 BigJim

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Posted July 19, 2004 at 07:31 am

I was looking at buying a 1965 Plymouth Fury 3. It needs some work done to it. The guy want's $300.00 for it. He said it has a 318 big block in it. I popped the hood and saw a monster. I thought it was a 383 but he say's different. My dad asked me where the distributer was but I didn't pay attention to that. But it did have a 2 bbl carb on it with an 3 speed auto.

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This version had solid lifters that DO need periodic adjustment. If you are looking to buy this car be ready to do this. It makes a moderate change to the performance on this little beast and makes a huge noise reduction when adjusted correctly.

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Edited by BigJim, July 19, 2004 at 07:38 am.


#6 dana44

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Posted July 19, 2004 at 08:05 pm

It is not a big block, but yes, an A 318, a polyspherical 318 or wide block 318 are all the same.

#7 ktm999 (converted)

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Posted July 29, 2004 at 09:01 pm

does anybody know many 66' chargers came with 318 wide blocks.

does anyone know the hp rating of the 318 wide block.

i'm 15 and just bought a 66'charger with a 318 wide block in near mint condition for 1,000 dollars off a 67 year old man.

Thanks for the info

#8 dnastrau

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Posted July 29, 2004 at 09:04 pm

The 2 barrel 318 poly was rated at 230 gross horsepower...

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#9 Bill55AZ

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Posted August 11, 2004 at 07:50 pm

good part is, the LA 318 can be dropped right in, bolts up to the same tranny, etc. Or a 360....

#10 patricklynch

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Posted August 11, 2004 at 08:19 pm

The 2 barrel 318 poly was rated at 230 gross horsepower...

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So were the early years of the LA 318s.


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