gen 3 hemi swap in a j body?

Engine Swaps

  1. 80mirada

    80mirada Well-Known Member

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    FMJ-bodies use the same engine mounts as late A-bodies, and late B-bodies. A straight swap is fairly easy for the Gen3 Hemi, Schumacher engine mounts http://www.manciniracing.com/tti57hestenm.html, will bolt the engine to the K-member, Hooker and TTI http://www.ttiexhaust.com/Category-ClassicHeaders/Subcategory/ccGenIII.htm make swap headers, and Milodon makes oil pans. The Gen3 uses an LA-engine bell housing patern. The flexplate is available form a number of sources too. The hardest part is controling the engine.
     
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    80mirada Well-Known Member

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    Joe12459's swap on the othe rhand is awesome, and shows a lot of hard work and attention to detail.
     
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    The rack and spindles are included in the kit. I believed they're based on Ford spindles. There are a lot of options for brakes. I went with the Wilwood 4 piston kit.
     
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    int1.jpg int2.jpg int3.jpg
    A few more interior progress pics. It shouldn't be long now! Hopefully I'll be ready for Carlisle.

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    My biggest challenge was that I wanted to use the engine and trans, keep the computer controls, and not cut up the car in the process. I couldn't use conversion mounts on the stock K-frame without serious modification to the firewall and tunnel. This way, everything I added can be easily removed in the future. I did the same with the rest of the car. All of the Charger interior, HVAC and other parts I used were modified to fit the Mirada, not the other way around. It made for quite a challenge, but I think it was worth the hassle.
     
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    You're making serious progress.
    This is truly a build for the books.
     
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    X2, Joe12459 will you be at the Syracuse Nationals? 7-16 to 7-18? Or the Lake George show in Sept?
    Id love to check out your car
     
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    I'm hoping to make it to Carlisle the weekend before Syracuse. I hadn't thought about much after that, but Syracuse sounds good. Do you know how to register? Lake George in September might be tough for me, but I may make it there.
     
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    I register a year in advance for both shows, with RV camping. I also go to the Pocono NASCAR races in June and August, u can do a one day "park on my site" at any of these events. Plenty of drinking......lol
     
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    Hmmm, sounds tempting! I'll see if I can swing it.
     
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    very cool, please keep feeding us pics and updates
     
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    Absolutely awesome, I hope to see it in person someday.
     
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    I wonder if the OP has any idea what they started with their one and only posting here. :laughing3:
     
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    Captain Caravelle Moderator--Mopar Maniac

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    Lol.....think we scared him off.
     
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    I guess we did kind of hijack his thread.
     
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    Captain Caravelle Moderator--Mopar Maniac

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    It's all good.
    I don't think he's been back since.
     
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    Anyway, more pics coming soon.
     
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    Yes.......more pics!

    Realistically the OP asked if anyone had done it.
    I'd say you're providing a damn solid response to that question. :thumbsup:
     
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    This is true!