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 Post subject: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:48 pm 
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Hey guys,

Buying a ski boat this week. Couldn't pass up the price of $2,700 with rego'd trailer etc off a reli. Don't you just love drunken impulse purchases over Christmas lunch? Hehe.

Well here is the thing, it's got a 318 Chrysler in it. Just wondering if any of the v8 boys on here know much about this motor? And if it's a notorious POS or a pretty strong ol' thing. Had my uncle down from ACT over this week for christmas who builds hotrods and seems to thing they were a pretty decent motor. He'll check it out with me over the next few days.

Thanks for any input :)
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:08 pm 
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the old chrysler small block is a very reliable and strong engine..
its pretty much the same block configuration as 273ci,318,340 and 360ci.
the only thing to look out for is corosion in the timing case from water cavitation.(same issue as fords 5.0)
to give you an idea...
i had one a few years back in the old valiant and i couldnt fault it.. never has any issues..
the original engine lasted from original 1969 to 2000
i brought a car and engine as a wreck from the original owners son who had been using it as a burn out car..lol i used the engine and fitted in my car and used it for 12 months before i had it re built to run lpg.
and at the stage of rebuild it had was a little smokey but otherwise was still smooth and quiet..
i sold the car in 2004 to a mate of mine and he still has the car, the engine is still as strong as it was when i sold it to him... :)
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:57 pm 
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Thanks mate, sounds convincing enough for me ;) can't wait to get it out on the water
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:50 am 
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lol i'm in my zone now. is it a standard 318ci or a Fireball 318ci? does it have a J stamped on the heads? J heads flow better

 

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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:36 pm 
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WILDEB wrote:
lol i'm in my zone now. is it a standard 318ci or a Fireball 318ci? does it have a J stamped on the heads? J heads flow better


I'm not sure.. I was quite p****d when I had a look at it and pretty much spent most of the time sitting in the drivers seat making engine noises and steering around invisible logs and such. I was supposed to go take it out today for a run before payment but my uncle had to go away for a few days urgently so it may not happen for a few days. I shall look into it though :)
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:08 pm 
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Hi guys,
I have a 318 in my boat but know nothing about it... can anyone help with information?

The ID plate has the following on it...

M 80 L 1304 68854

Any assistance appreciated.
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:45 pm 
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318ci and 360ci hemi 8's were the same motor basically but the 340ci is a different engine.

340 is supposedly the pick off the bunch but there are plenty of solid 318's and 360's out there :)

GO VALIANT!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:21 pm 
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318 was the workhorse and 360 was the same block usualy in luxury spec models. 340 was the best of the lot and was the high performance spec engine and was the base for the E55 which was to replace the E49 six pack. Like all chrysler/valiant engines, fill the oil check the petrol and they will go forever.
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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:52 pm 
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ourxf wrote:
318ci and 360ci hemi 8's were the same motor basically but the 340ci is a different engine.

340 is supposedly the pick off the bunch but there are plenty of solid 318's and 360's out there :)

GO VALIANT!!!!

*ducks under a table* :lol:



They werent Hemi's....

I doubt that the 318 would have J port heads too.

the LA small blocks are pretty much interchangable with most parts. 360 is a truck motor and have larger mains then the 318. 360's also copped externally balanced cranks.

Good motors with alot of potential, they came out with very low compressions (my 360 has 8.3 from factory :? ) but they are solid. Was enough to make a Jeep cherokee the fastest SUV in the world at one stage too!

 

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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:54 pm 
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If I remember, the 340 had a larger bore than the 360, the 360 had a longer stroke.
There are a few different 318's, depending on what they were once fitted to....cars, trucks, vans...

 

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 Post subject: Re: 318 Chrysler marine application
Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:35 pm 
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schnoods wrote:
ourxf wrote:
318ci and 360ci hemi 8's were the same motor basically but the 340ci is a different engine.

340 is supposedly the pick off the bunch but there are plenty of solid 318's and 360's out there :)

GO VALIANT!!!!

*ducks under a table* :lol:



They werent Hemi's....

I doubt that the 318 would have J port heads too.

the LA small blocks are pretty much interchangable with most parts. 360 is a truck motor and have larger mains then the 318. 360's also copped externally balanced cranks.

Good motors with alot of potential, they came out with very low compressions (my 360 has 8.3 from factory :? ) but they are solid. Was enough to make a Jeep cherokee the fastest SUV in the world at one stage too!


my apologies :)
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