How about a NOS Mopar crate engine from 1983?

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    89.Fifth Well-Known Member

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    The converter has the "High stall" tag on it like you would see used on police car converters. Also, why is the coil wire orange and all the rest black? Strange engine.
     
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    The paperwork seems to suggest it was a military spec replacement engine.
     
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    It is a military surplus engine.

    I would bet it has a pickup oil pan on it.
    I would also bet the carburetor and distributor is not for an ’83 model vehicle – but more likely a mid to late ‘70’s calibration.

    $5,500! Sounds like he will be holding onto this for a while.
    Drop a zero and it might sell.
    BudW
     
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    I offered $1500.00 and they countered with 5K. I was told its the best they could do.
     
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    Does seem a tad pricey.:eek: For $5,500 you could build a darn nice 318.
     
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    Didn't sell. Here's another body buying stuff they don't know and thinking someone will pay their price.
     
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    Some guys can get a bit excited at auctions. In Texas they serve booze to the bidders. Auctioneer has no money or not enough. Runs the $$ up off the bid fishing for a sucker and yep yep! Some poor guy lifts his hand not knowing he has bid against the wall and its looking like crate Hemi long block territory. I bet his stomach turned the second the auctioneer hammered sold! Now he wants someone to pay for his mistake.
     
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    I’ve been to a bunch of military surplus auctions.
    Most of the time, all you see is a sealed crate with a bunch of numbers on it.
    It will say “engine assembly”, date of manufacture, who made it (Chrysler in this case) and military part numbers (not Chrysler part numbers) – so in many cases you know what it is (an engine, in this case) but no clue as to anything else.
    It might be MI Abrams tank engine for all you know (which are built by Chrysler).

    I suspect he bid hoping it was something a lot different than a 318 engine.

    That said, I have seen some brand new Cummins engines and International diesel engines sell for less than $1000 each. You would expect they both would be big truck engines – but in some cases – it could be an engine for a refrigerator trailer A/C unit.

    If you have access to the military numbers (not easy to do) or can use the shipping weight/size of crate, you can have some idea on what you’re getting.

    In this case – I don’t see there being any chance he will get $5,000 for this engine.
    Might be better to bite the bullet and sell it at a more reasonable price (ie: less than he paid for it) so it can move.
    BudW
     
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    For a few bucks more, you can have a serious 360
     
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    Hate to be that guy! Still shaking me head Glad its not one of us!
     
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