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Chrysler B block V8


Chrysler's B engine was a big-block V8 which replaced the early Chrysler FirePower engine in 1958. It did not have hemispherical heads like the FirePower — rather it had wedge-shaped heads. All B-series engines have a 3.375 inch (86 mm) stroke. Chrysler also produced a larger version, the Chrysler RB engine.

The B engine started at 350 and 361 in³ (5.7 and 5.9 liters, respectively), and a 413 in³ (6.8 L) version appeared the next year. Plymouth called its version of the early B Golden Commando. It produced 305 hp (227 kW). DeSoto's B engine was the Turboflash. It put out 295 hp (220 kW). Dodge's B was called the D-500 and produced 320 hp (239 kW).

350

The 350 (5.7 L) B engine had a bore of 4.0625 in (103 mm) and was only produced in 1958. It was used on the following cars:

  • 1958 Chrysler Windsor
  • 1958 Plymouth Fury

361

The 361 (5.9 L) B engine was similar to the 350 except for a wider 4.125 in (105 mm) bore. There was a fuel-injected version in 1958 only. The Plymouth version was called the Commando, variants of which included the Golden Commando and SonoRamic Commando. It was used in the following vehicles:

  • Chrysler Newport
  • Dodge Coronet
  • Dodge Charger
  • Plymouth Belvedere

383

The 383 (6.3 L) short-stroke B engine used a 4.25 in (108 mm) bore and was introduced in 1959 for the 1960 model year. Over 3,000,000 B 383 engines were produced between 1959 and 1971. Dodge's version (the D500) had a cross-ram induction manifold and dual 4-barrel carburetor as options. In some Dodge applications, this engine was labelled as the Magnum, while the Plymouth's version was called the Commando. Note that there was also an RB 383 (the Golden Lion), though it is quite rare.

The B 383 was found on the following vehicles:

  • 1962-1965 Chrysler 300 base models
  • Chrysler Newport
  • Chrysler New Yorker
  • Chrysler Town and Country
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Magnum
  • Dodge Monaco
  • Dodge Coronet
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Dodge Dart
  • Dodge Polara
  • 1968-1971 Dodge Super Bee
  • Plymouth Barracuda
  • Plymouth Belvedere
  • Plymouth Fury
  • Plymouth Road Runner
  • Plymouth Satellite
  • Plymouth GTX

400

The 400 in³ (6.8 L) B engine was introduced in 1972. It shares the B family's 3.375 in (86 mm) stroke, but is bored out to 4.34 in (110 mm). There were standard- and high-performance options.

The B 400 engine was used in the following vehicles:

  • Chrysler New Yorker
  • Chrysler Newport
  • Chrysler Town and Country
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Magnum
  • Dodge Monaco
  • Dodge D-Series (Ram) pickup truck
  • Chrysler Cordoba
  • Plymouth Fury
  • Plymouth Gran Fury
  • Plymouth Road Runner
  • Plymouth Satellite
  • Plymouth TrailDuster




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