Dont know what to do


#1

i have a 72 dodge dart with a slant six and auto trans i plan on putting a 360 in it soon but right now hte slant is whats moving it around my yard. when i took hte header off theres a bolt that goes into the block and part of the cooling system that if u take it out itll drain the fluid down below that hole which it did so its a about 2/3rds but since im putting a new motor in soon i was wondering if i can just put water in the radiatior for now and it will be fine since its mostly gonna be coolant in there


#2

If you need help with this little item, then you might want to reconsider if you can swap for a 360.


#3

im not the one doing the swap and im just kinda gettin in to this whole sceen and im only 16 so if you could just give me a straight foward answer instead of being smart thatd be nice


#4

As long as you keep the cooling system full, or as close to full as possible, you can safely move the car around with the slant 6 engine, but I would not try actually DRIVING it.

I’ve owned several slant 6 Darts, and I have to ask; “Why not just restore the existing engine?” A 360 will make this car nose-heavy, and it will handle like a pig, which is to say, not at all.

If all you care about is drag racing, or driving in a straight line, then, by all means, go ahead and install a 360. But, remember, gas prices are above $3.00 per gallon, and they are NOT going to come down. A 360 will drink gasoline as if it’s free.

A slant 6, on the other hand, will be reliable as the day is long, will give you decent gas mileage, and will not make the car ridiculously nose-heavy.

Think about it.


#5

No, you will get corrosion in a hurry. You must have old-fashioned green coolant in there. Buy Zerex green, not some universal junk.


#6

Does the car have any exhaust on it?
Filling it up with water will not hurt anything unless it gets below freezing before you do the swap.
Now a few questions about the swap:

  1. Do you have the 360?
  2. Do you have a V-8 Trans?
  3. Do you have the proper driveline?
  4. Do you have a V-8 radiator?
  5. What are you going to use for a sub frame?
  6. Do you have V-8 Torsion bars?
  7. What about a rear-end?
    ~Michael