Ok, it's a bit complex this story of how I ended up with this stuff. Follow along, I'll try to be brief.
Sure- it seems like all the other builds. BUT- this one is different. My buddies dealership had a repo on a Durango. Yeah, you know- a repossession of a truck. Someone couldn't or wouldn't make the payments, so they came and repossessed it, or took it back. After the legal jump rope, he said we could use it as a donor vehicle, it didn't run. It was the good Durango- Hemi powered. Whatever happened to Hemi #3? The one I just finished?
He sold it to the same guy that owns Hemi #2, in Louisiana, USA. Now dig this:
The guy that bought Hemi #2, wanted another one so he and his wife could have a matching pair of AWD Hemi Internationals. He came back to Ohio to buy Hemi #3. My buddy also made a deal for his 1946 GMC 6 cylinder, manual transmission patina rusty truck, plus the complete body from a near perfect 1953 International truck. (this Hemi #2 guy was going to have me build it for him, but this deal came through and he jumped on board. Everyone wins.)
Long story short- I have a Hemi Durango AND THE BEST 1953 International R-110 I have seen to date.
I'll let the pictures do the talking from here, but I am starting with a video because it covers SO much more at the beginning of a thread. Enjoy, comment, share, like subscribe- whatever. (Jeez, I sound like a tv commercial, except most TV commercials aren't typing on a PC at 12:30AM, after at least 6 beers) Anyway- Here, enjoy
We pulled the Shelby GT Cobra engine & trans out of the back of the purple Durango- (we’ll cut that up later) to have a better look at it.
This is a 2007 Shelby GT V8, it’s a 4.6L mod motor from Ford. It makes about 350BHP, but it is LIGHT. It doesn’t feel like any HEMI V8 that I’ve been carting around, that’s for sure. A very light, balanced package with multiple ways to upgrade it for looks and power. Nice.
Once I separated the engine from the 5 speed gearbox, and knowing this was removed from a wrecked vehicle, I noticed something strange about the input shaft of the gearbox. It had some shiny metal spots, the hydraulic throwout bearing was leaking, and slightly off center. This was odd for a supposed low mile motor. I dug a little deeper:
It appears what happened was- during the crash, something struck the rear end so hard that it pushed the driveshaft towards the engine with such force that it slammed whatever endplay was built into the trans, so hard, that it broke itself out of the case at the clutch side! Crazy, in 30 years of working on stuff, I’d never seen that before.
The engine, is on the stand and I’ll get the wiring harness ready and do some “Show car” stuff to it, in between the Hemi #4 build and finishing this Subaru.
A local guy had a accident where his drag car/trailer and RV got crushed between a static Army truck with a tank on the back and another fully laden arctic. Luckily nobody got injured, but the force was enough to bend the crank on the drag car and completely wreck the engine.