I am about to pick up a 1979 Dodge Trans Van with a 318/A727.
For those that may be unfamiliar, these are built off a cab and chassis (this one appears to be B300 based) with a fiberglass motorhome shell on the back.
(not mine, example pic)
the one that i am looking at is fully gutted minus the cab and i am in the planning stages of the project - which involves thinking of areas where improvements could be made, especially with everything currently being gone there are a lot of things that are likely simplier.
Obviously, one of the things on the list is replacing the A727 with an A500 or A518 and using hardness to control OD and lockup speeds - but that got me thinking about other improvements i can make with the 318.
Hence my visit here.
Now, this camper is a brick. a somewhat aerodynamic brick (and one of the things i'm looking at is improvements to help with that) but, there is only so much you can do - so i've made peace with the fact that this will either be fast
or efficient (within reasonable expectations)
but not both. given that tradeoff, i'm looking for things that i can do to help with low end torque, which should help at least to some extent with efficient.
I know that there are EFI systems out there, and/or more efficient carb setups that i could explore - as well as some 360 parts that may help like swapping valves, as well as things like aftermarket headers (edlebrock torquer headers) and i'm sure that the exhaust system could be improved.. but i'm thinking that you folks may have some input?