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Posted in Best of, Car Branding, Car Tech, General, News, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | March 19th, 2012 | 9 Responses |

LS7 Powered Dodge Charger

Brand loyalty is something that runs rampant in the automotive world and for the life of me I can’t understand why. I mean there are SO many wonderful brands out there that the thought of limiting yourself to one manufacturer simply seems asinine to me. What about combining manufacturers though – would that be something you’d be interested in? Say for instance you were a diehard Volkswagen fan and the engine in your R32 shit the bed. A new engine for that sucker is big money, but what if you had the opportunity to shoehorn in something better – say something American or Japanese for 1/3rd the cost, would you? It’s a tough dilemma I know. I’ve recently been thinking about this very thing as I’m seriously considering ditching the 440 cu-inch big block in my 1968 Charger for a new gen GM-base LS7 aluminum small block. The LS7 is smaller, lighter, more efficient and at days end, makes gobs of power for a lot less money. I’m just not sure I can do it though…

What do you guys think – yes or no?

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9 Responses

  1. JamesM says:

    Do it! My god man, think of the cost savings and the additional aftermarket support for the LS7.

  2. Armudster says:

    I´m completely against it, old cars have a soul, a way of doing things and even some shortcomings that are unique and make them who they are. I don´t get why someone would buy an old car, and would like to make it 100% like a new car, why not just get a new car and get it over with. I totally get making things better, with improved handling and braking, but at the end of the day it will still be an old car. It´s an expensive hobby, and popping the hood and showing a cool 440, for example, is part of the experience.
    C´mon Mike, you have a really cool car, and you know better than anyone that this is an expensive hobby, I know an LS7 will be less expensive and with easier mods than a 440, but where´s th cool factor?
    Talk to Muscle Motors, Ray Barton, Arruzza, FHO, or some other specialty shop, build a stroked 383 or 440, or go all in on a Hemi, I´m sure you would get easy 650-800 Ft-lbs, if you want more just add some boiost and expect to see 4 digit power, you can even make them out of aluminum to save some weight, sure it will be expensive, but it´s totally worth it.
    But if you insist on putting something new, at least put a new Hemi and leave Mo´Mopar happy.

  3. rildo says:

    no way jose. it is not a ford – thats the cars to put chevy engines in. get a new 5.7 or a 392 Hemi FI and keep brand loyal

  4. djrosa says:

    now its your car and i have no right telling you what to do or not to do, but in my mind there are some of these engine transplant that makes me shudder. for instance putting a non VR6 engine in a R32 makes my blood boil but putting for instence a RB26-tt in a golf mk4 gt is ok. now putting a Ls engine in a non GM muscle car is the same thing for me not really ok, now putting a ls7 in a dodge omni also ok. i think it has something to do with how the original package was and how rare or special the car is.

    now from a purely economical standpoint i agree it makes sense.

  5. ds440 says:

    I vote nay. However, I think there exceptions to every rule. Solely my personal subjective opinion, but brand to brand engine swaps are reserved for rat-rods, some hot-rods, and pure racecars (i.e. ProMod, circle track, etc.). However with muscle cars I think there are enough viable options out there that you can get what you are looking for without having to swap brands.

  6. Canrith says:

    First off, it’s your car, so I have no right to tell you what to do.

    But if I had the means to build up a pt, it would be done and I’d never look back.

  7. Set says:

    Would I? Yes. Should you? It really depends on what you’re going for. I think since you’re not trying to have a perfect recreation of the original, it wouldn’t be a bad decision. If it makes sense to you, do it.

  8. StandBy says:

    I agree with the earlier post. All of the original muscle had souls. By putting a non-mopar engine in one of the most beautiful auto packages ever, you kill the soul. Yes, it may be more cost effective, but it is just against all that god has graced in that beautiful Charger.

  9. Jason says:

    5.7 or 6.1 Hemis can be found for cheap, I personally would go that route.