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'71 dodge charger 383


means the paper rating is 300 ponies; a tight gear (4.10 or up) and good shifting was always a help with the larger '71-up B-Bodies.

ENGINE: The 383 was considered by some as a pedestrian motor in Chrysler's lineup in 1971, soon to be replaced by the 400. Originally rated at 335 horses, a drop in compression for '71 brought that down to a flat 300. The Carter AVS was used for California emissions vehicles; a Holley would have been used in the other 49 states. The rest of it is just like Ma Mopar built in 1971.

TRANSMISSION: The 727 TorqueFlite, now actuated by a factory Slap-Stik. DIFFERENTIAL: An 8% unit was the standard in Charger; this one is built for cruising. HORSEPOWER AND PERFORMANCE: The compression drop and a change from net to brake horsepower as well, because this Los Angeles built Charger has California Emissions; the other N code engines came with a small Holley that year. Behind the engine is a 727 TorqueFlite, while a 3.23 open-end rear makes it easy to crank off the miles while not stopping to get gas every 200 miles (it's a 20-gallon tank).

Of course, what is most appealing is the scarce green paint, which was reapplied by Bruce Pardo using Sikkens Green Go FJ6 replacement (Green Go was Dodge's real name for the option; Plymouth was offered in Sassy Grass, though that name has stuck

SUSPENSION: Stock, even the OEM shocking was retained.

BRAKES: Power drums.

WHEELS: 15-inch factory Rallye wheels

RUBBER: Goodyear F60-15 Polyglas

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