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    Hey every one. I have a 1979 Lil Red Express truck And I too Am going to rebuild the 360.
    Did that engine have any different innards?
    (i.e.) Cam ,,Heads etc?

    THANKS
    Does any one recommend a good profile for a different cam or should I just stay stock
     
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    Does MOPAR offer crate engines for 1979 error?
     
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    They had W2 heads I think the cam was different to
     
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    The prototype engine came with the W2 cylinder heads... production engines did not.

    Here shows the basic spec's for 1978 and 1979 Lil Red Express trucks...

    https://www.dodgeconnection.com/LilRedInfo.html






    Jeff
     
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    Thanks guys,,
     
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    Thanks Shark.
    That site was great help
     
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    It might be more worth your while to just grab a low mile magnum from a wrecked 2nd gen truck or junkyard, throw an airgap manifold and a carb on and then use the ignition, timing cover and accessory drive the truck already has and make more power than it did factory but with a very very similar setup to what it was new.
     
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    That wouldn't be original to the truck
     
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    I don't think it would be worth the upgrade honestly. I think they fudged the numbers on it it a little bit considering it was the fastest vehicle of any kind in 1978, even faster than a Corvette at the time. If it was me I would consider a mild aftermarket cam and leave everything else pretty much stock.
     
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    Have manufacturers even done that since emissions equipment became mandatory? Hell, Dodge seemed pretty modest when rating the 5.9 Magnums at 245 horsepower but I seem to recall reading that this claim was actually pretty much spot-on. Hell, I think the 383 Road Runner engines circa 1969 were rated at 335 horsepower and they were demonstrated as outputting about that. Maybe Mopar is just more honest about their power ratings?

    At any rate, Lil Red Express is AWESOME! OP, you got any pictures of yours? Factory stacks, stepside bed and a (relatively) hopped up 360. What more could you want for a muscle truck? They should have offered factory stacks for the later SRT-10 Rams, LOL.
     

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