Dodge 360 vs ford 360

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  1. Wulf

    Wulf Junior Member

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    So I have been saddled with pulling a blown 360 motor and transmission out of a dodge 1500 and replacing it with another one. I'm a ford guy, I don't know enough about dodge to know their motors. I have a ford 390 and transmission on hand from another project, does anyone know if I can put it in the dodge with minimal issues, or am I asking for massive headaches?
     
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    Roush PSD Interceptor Straight Piped Diesel Staff Member

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    Didn't gather what year Dodge 1500.
    Mid 1990's ?

    Questions to answer:

    Motor mounts - fabrication
    Transmission mount - fabrication
    Driveshaft length - balance essential here
    Driveshaft yoke diff or trans tailshaft difference
    Pinion angle of driveline
    Radiator hose size difference
    Close fuel return line on fuel tank if injected previously
    Shifting of transmission

    Were it me, I'd go back with a good used Mopar.
     
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    Details, it it a 2000.

    Ya, I think you are right, that's quite a bit of fabrication.
     
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    Good guess, it's a 2001. That is a lot more than I want to get into, any suggestions for where I can get a good rebuilt motor, and are there things I should be watching for?
     
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    Where is Pnw ?
    This will help give a location closer for a suggestion.
    There are several internet salvage yards that can give warranties
    rather than a you pick and pull it yards that could save on shipping.

    There with the you pick and pull, the quality of the engine you get is
    solely upon you, mileage, wear on the engine, did it get serviced regularly,
    what all accessories does it come with, did it sit without antifreeze for any
    length of time, what does the engine oil look like on the dip stick/any water
    in it/milky color? and other things should be considered.

    The price you pay depends on what you want. The cheaper the price, the less
    likely it will come with a warranty or any warranty at all.
    There are plenty of hacks who would take advantage of someone who doesn't
    know what to look for in a used engine.

    Is there fresh antifreeze in an out of the vehicle engine? Suspect.
    Fresh paint on an out of the vehicle engine? Suspect.
    Fresh oil in an out of the vehicle engine? Suspect.
    Did they say it ran before it was pulled? Suspect.
    Are there missing parts from various places all over the engine? Suspect.

    Most honest engine sellers will offer to show you it runs before sale.
    Cost savings if you pull the engine.
    A missing starter or just the carb, fuel injection isn't to bad.
    Look for cracks along the block exterior and freeze plugs intact and not pushed out.

    Sometimes a running beater is a good option, bad body but good running motor
    for cheap. Never hurts to start looking internet adds, craigslist, facebook marketplace,
    letgo are some sources for used Dodge 1500s or 360 motors.

    What caused the current engine to stop running?
     
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    It blew the head gasket in a bad way.

    I would love to rebuild it myself but I don't have the time or space to do it. So I'm looking at long blocks, and transmissions, since we are going in that deep anyway.

    I would like to go with a 360 magnum bolted up to a 47 transmission. But I've run into two issues, I'm having trouble finding out if they are bolt up compatible. I don't want to deal with adaptor plates just to make them bolt up. And the other issue is none of the transmission shops that I've talked to will sell me one without a vin that says that my truck has a 47 transmission and magnum 360 in it. I understand their thinking about it, they don't want to get stuck in a finger pointing match over who's part doesn't match the other one, so I get it, but it does make it interesting.
     
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