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EvanFromMn
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engine number questions
on: Tue 06 of Nov, 2018 [18:09 UTC] score: 0.00
Hey there, new to the site. Bought a 55 Dodge custom royal lancer. The car is pretty roached. Was a high optioned car in it's day though. Has power brakes, power steering and power seats. Has the super red ram hemi. This is what I'm most interested in.
The numbers on the engine in front of the valley pan are VT34b-8075. Just kind of wondering if it's for sure a 270 or not. The numbers don't match anything on the list on here. It does have a 4 bbl carb also.
Thanks so much in advance for any info.

Evan

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Jack
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Re: engine number questions
on: Wed 07 of Nov, 2018 [15:58 UTC] score: 0.00
Could it be VT 34 with something else?
I don't see a VT34B anywhere in Leo's book.
Does show VT334, 336, 338, 342, 344, 346.
Kind of confusing as to just what they are as a couple of those numbers can be either a 241 or a 259 cid, with the 346 being the only 270.
I have been confused by this before. You may need to do some measuring.
And yes these are truck numbers.

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DaveBlakeman
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Re: engine number questions
on: Tue 06 of Nov, 2018 [18:39 UTC] score: 0.00
Any VT code looks to be for Dodge truck on any web list.


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DaveBlakeman
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340 bell housing
on: Mon 29 of Oct, 2018 [18:38 UTC] score: 0.00
Will a later 340 bell housing mate up to the early Hemi ?

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DaveBlakeman
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Re: 340 bell housing
on: Sun 04 of Nov, 2018 [17:43 UTC] score: 0.00
Thank You Gents !

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hemistude
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Re: 340 bell housing
on: Tue 30 of Oct, 2018 [22:58 UTC] score: 0.00
Re: 340 bell housing --So you need an adapter ?

George's hint is a bit of a riddle, I guess.

To be clear... YES, you definitely need an adapter to use any MOPAR manual bellhousing or transmission designed for the LA (273/318/340/360) engine series. The bell bolt pattern is similar, in that the four main bell bolts line up, but the aligning dowel pins and a number of the other bell bolts need resizing and relocation. Also, the front to back spacing of the flywheel, clutch, or converter needs correction as well. You'll need to have a spacer on the flange of the crankshaft. There are different ways to go but as far as I know, they all require an adapter and a few other parts and pieces.

There are options... here are just two.

http://www.wilcap.com/Hemi.html#Hemi Adapters
http://www.hothemiheads.com/transmission_adapters/hemi_mopar_manual.html

Or you can try to make your own like I did 25 years ago. It's a little challenging but it can be done.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/early-hemi-to-la-mopar-bellhousing-adapter.664528/

There's a hole diagram picture in the fourth or fifth post in the forum that shows the holes, dimensions, and relative placement.

I spent a huge amount of time on my adapter and in the end, I decided to go with a vendor-built piece i found on eBay.

Good luck!

Dave



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DaveBlakeman
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Re: 340 bell housing
on: Tue 30 of Oct, 2018 [17:55 UTC] score: 0.00
I have a 354 . So you need an adapter ?

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George
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Re: 340 bell housing
on: Mon 29 of Oct, 2018 [23:03 UTC] score: 0.00
If you have a 392 to (that tranny) adaptor....

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dutchman71
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392 rebuilt
on: Sun 28 of Oct, 2018 [19:20 UTC] score: 0.00
Just fire up my rebuilt 392 hemi top valve cover bolts are leaking anti freeze on left & rt covers. What might be the problem?

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George
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Re: 392 rebuilt
on: Mon 29 of Oct, 2018 [17:32 UTC] score: 0.00
> Just fire up my rebuilt 392 hemi top valve cover bolts are leaking anti freeze on left & rt covers. What might be the problem?

They go into water, that's why the OEM used studs. You should too.

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Jack
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Re: 392 rebuilt
on: Mon 29 of Oct, 2018 [16:57 UTC] score: 0.00
Didn't seal the threads?

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RS16017
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4 Speed conversion
on: Thu 25 of Oct, 2018 [17:42 UTC] score: 0.00
Wanting to put a A833 4 speed behind my '58 392. I have a 727 with one of your adapter plates on it now. What bellhousing should I look for when doing this swap. I've heard both small block and big block....and what are the differences? What about the universal scattershields that are out there?

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Webmaster
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Re: 4 Speed conversion
on: Fri 26 of Oct, 2018 [18:59 UTC] score: 0.00
RS: Any small block bellhousing should work. We've used the #3515 73 aluminum factory bell and a Swap Meet Lakewood bell. Our adapter needs no modification. Nothing to drill, or tap or cut or go to the hardware store. Thanks,
Bob





> Wanting to put a A833 4 speed behind my '58 392. I have a 727 with one of your adapter plates on it now. What bellhousing should I look for when doing this swap. I've heard both small block and big block....and what are the differences? What about the universal scattershields that are out there?

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Jack
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Re: 4 Speed conversion
on: Fri 26 of Oct, 2018 [17:22 UTC] score: 0.00
I have two of the "TR Waters" set ups for the A-833.
They work perfectly.
I made a bracket to mount a slave cylinder to drive the original small block clutch arm.

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hemihotrod
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Re: 4 Speed conversion
on: Fri 26 of Oct, 2018 [16:17 UTC] score: 0.00
Wilcap makes the best adapter for this conversion...been using one for a few years...Small block Mopar bellhousing is what to use...You have to cut the the shaft on the trans where it enters the pilot bearing because it is to long by about half inch...I used a Mcleod hydralic throwout bearing...>

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ewoky409
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Eng. # Query
on: Sun 21 of Oct, 2018 [11:25 UTC] score: 0.00
What does the VT53 on a Dodge Truck hemi engine number beginning with "VT53-" mean?

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Jack
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Re: Eng. # Query
on: Sun 21 of Oct, 2018 [16:49 UTC] score: 0.00
That second number should be VT350 not VT3350

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Jack
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Re: Eng. # Query
on: Sun 21 of Oct, 2018 [16:47 UTC] score: 0.00
> What does the VT53 on a Dodge Truck hemi engine number beginning with "VT53-" mean?

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Jack
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Re: Eng. # Query
on: Sun 21 of Oct, 2018 [16:46 UTC] score: 0.00
Leo's book shows a VT534 as a 315 and a VT53350 as a 331. Could be a Hemi or a Poly.

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FireDomeTim5
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New 241 Dodge Build - coolant coming from #5 exhaust port???
on: Wed 17 of Oct, 2018 [04:51 UTC] score: 0.00
Hello everyone!

I’m looking for help from the experts on what has been a tough day for me! I recently finished up my build of a 1954 241 RedRam Hemi. The engine is slated to go in a little ‘29 roadster hot rod that’s all period correct for the 1950s. I built the engine fairly stock - stock water pump, heads, everything very straight forward. All new parts aside from an early Edmunds 2 Deuce intake. I had it already to go on the engine run stand to break it in tonight and was excited! Everything was looking good until I put coolant in the system. I had her almost all the way topped off when I looked over and saw a steady flow of antifreeze coming out of the left-hand exhaust. I quickly removed the exhaust manifold on that side and noticed it was coming out of the number five exhaust port. The others were dry.

Luckily the valves were closed on that particular cylinder, so no coolant got into the cylinder itself. I had the intake fly cut just slightly because of its age and was really careful about it’s fitment knowing it was a bit of an antique. Is it possible that devil is leaking into the cylinder because the gasket isn’t sealing? Could it be something worse, like a cracked cylinder head? I thought of using some kind of a camera to look up in that port and see if I could notice anything. I didn’t do any major work to the cylinder heads other than a valve job and some very light porting. The intake mating surface wasn’t touched nor were any of the surfaces of the block milled/machined down.

Iknow it’s a longshot, but I thought I would drop a note here in case anyone else has had this issue! Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give me!




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