383 Crate Engines - Mopar or Dodge

Chrysler and Dodge 383 Crate engines

Unlike the Ford and Chevy crate engine package, Dodge and Chrysler via Mopar still put out a 383 Cubic Inch small block V8 which was used in most of the mid 1960s to early 1970s muscle car variants with a performance engine package.

Due to the lack of engine options available for the Dodge and Chrysler muscle cars in the early 1980's, Mopar as the performance engine and parts division of General motors took the 383 small block V8 and proceeded to produce a large variety of engine dress packages available in the aftermarket engine parts category.

Opting for an older rebuilt crate engine for your Dodge or Chrysler will give you less clearance issues than if you had to redesign the whole engine bay to take a transplanted motor from another OEM (Original Engine Manufacturer).

 The Dodge Charger is probably the most recognised body style to carry the 383 small block Mopar motor. Most folk still attribute the fast back design to have originated with the Mustang, when in fact the Dodge Charger was the first model to use the fastback c- pillar and rear passenger window in its body design.

The rolling chassis was taken from the tried and tested Coronet offering and converted to carry the new body style.

This enabled Mopar to compete with Chevy and Ford in the muscle car craze that was sweeping the United States in the mid 1960's. 

 

Chevy 383 Stroker vs Mopar 383 Chrysler

 Now some of you reading this will be saying, but what about the 383 Stroker motor from Chevy. Well in all honesty, I would argue that the Stroker is in fact a 350 block with a 400 crank shaft machined an adapted to fit.

The Chevy could then also be argued that it is in fact a 440. Why do I say this.

Well when Chrysler released the big block 383 in the early 60's, it was originally designed with a longer stroke meaning the cylinder heads had to be higher to enable the longer stroke. After a few years, the heads were lowered  by creating a shorter deck height for the block (at the top most point of the piston reach) and the shorter stroke meant a change in the block internals. So the Chrysler 383 crate engine would be based on the 440 block with a smaller bore and shorter stroke.

The Chevy 383 Stroker crate engine was a case of trying and testing various machining techniques to find the best fit for a 400 crankshaft in the trusted 350 block.

So I suppose one could argue that in fact neither is a 383 cubic inch engine. I understand that the Chevy is able to push out a helluva lot more horsepower than the Chrysler Mopar, but I am still swayed to the Mopar with a more reliable engine assembly. You could always go for a 440 bore or a 427 wedgemated configuration at a later stage.

But at the end of the day, it boils down to whether you are a Mopar or Chevy fan.

383 V8 rebuilt and remanufactured engine options

 I hope you managed to find some useful info on the 383 small block stroker Chevy engine and the Mopar Chrysler 383 big block engine.

Please leave a comment and tell us what you think about the 383.

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Recon6 4 years ago

Some of your information is backwards. The B family of engines came before the RB engines. The Mopar 350, 361, 383, and 400 were all B engines. When the 413, 426 and 440 RB engines came out Mopar increased the stroke by almost 3/4 of an inch. Resulting in the Raised dech height. Raised Block or RB engine family.


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Dale Nelson 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Recon6. I checked and you are absolutely correct.Thanks for the feedback.

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