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  • Considering A Late B with a 318

    Just wondering if these drive similar with a 318 to say an M-Body Chrysler Fifth Avenue? I just sold an 84 Chrysler Fifth Avenue with 96k miles. The Fifth Avenue had 2.26 gears and was mainly stock except for the 2 1/4 single exhaust and Canadian Y-pipe thank you.

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    Actually I would expect it to ride a bit smoother as the wheelbase is a little longer (provider everything is in good shape). When I had my '88 5th and my '67 Coronet, the Coronet rode a little smoother due to the wheelbase. I am looking (ok, just not hard enough) for another B or F/J/M in decent enough shape to make as a driver. They handle about the same. Front end is a little longer than the "M" was.
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    • #3
      i have a Diplomat that rides nice, but a Magnum does run a hair smoother. About same performance.
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      • #4
        Thank you for the reply. I would using the car just to cruise around in. This Late B with a 318 popped so I figure why not. It has A/C too which is a bonus for me. A big block would be nice but, whatever comes my way I suppose.

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        • #5
          Thanks BK, that's kind of what I figured since the "highest" gear in a late B as far as I know is a 2.45 ratio. I also have a chance to buy a Mirada with a 360 but, no A/C. I liked the A/C in my old Fifth Avenue.

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          • #6
            You can always change the engine later. A/C is a must for me.
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            • #7
              Steve?
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              bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

              Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:

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              • #8
                I could have sworn that MaryAnn had a 2.90 in the 9.25 rear end. But it does have trailer towing. I think my GT had at least a 2.90, maybe a 3.23.


                My big block has a has a 3.55 Suregrip in a 72 Charger 8.75, but I put it there.
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                • #9
                  For what it's worth....


                  I have driven almost all Mopars from the '60's to the '80's, and I consider the '79 300 or the '79-80 R-body police E-58 4dr to be the best of all of them, both in ride and handling;the 360 is not as good as the old BB engines (383, 400, 440), but it does the job, and is about as good as it gets in that period. The only other exception might be the late B 440 police cars, (Fury/Monaco) '77-'78, but these are hard to come by, and probably non-existent in the rust belt....lol!
                  (AND....they don't handle worth a darn!)

                  The important thing to remember is that it is necessary to upgrade ANY of these cars with ALL of the available POLICE/TRAILER TOW options, as the stock suspension and equipment is really not up to snuff.....!!!! JMO!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Magnumguy View Post
                    Steve?
                    Yes, its me Bill lol.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you BK. I'm okay with 2.45 or even 2.7x ratios as I drive highway anyways. I really like the 2.76 gears I had in a 68 B-Body.

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                      • #12
                        OK, I was going to tell you about that one in VA., but we've covered that ground
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                        bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

                        Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:

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                        • #13
                          Thank you again Bill. I ended up with a 79 Cordoba with a 360 basically built up to 79 300 specs. Plus I got a bunch of parts to go with the car. I practically have a whole interior to redo the car plus, a lot more.

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                          • #14
                            Congratulations on the purchase! Have any pictures?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by magnumminded View Post
                              Thank you again Bill. I ended up with a 79 Cordoba with a 360 basically built up to 79 300 specs. Plus I got a bunch of parts to go with the car. I practically have a whole interior to redo the car plus, a lot more.

                              Congrats on the new car, Steve!

                              Tell us more about the Cordoba, and what has been upgraded?.........lot's of stuff you can do to improve on the 'Doba, to get it to police/HD specs.....AND......I MAY have some parts for you, some NOS Mopar!

                              Where are you located??? AND.....we NEED pics......lol!!!

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