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    Default 2000 Intense Blue RC- Project "Might As Well"

    Most of you know that I bought a 2000 IB RC back in Feb. Truck was very clean, 183k miles, repainted by previous owner, trans rebuilt 35k ago, blah blah blah.
    I bought it sight unseen, flew out from Houston and ended up in New Orleans to pick it up. I am very fortunate that I have trusted friends (a la Team Brokecoast) that were nice enough to give the truck a once over and secure it for me until I could get out there.

    Truck was a true survivor truck, no mods except a Flowmaster and 3" mandrel bent tailpipe.
    We slapped on new wheel bearings, pads and rotors, and a M1 2bbl I had acquired and the next morning I drove it all the way back to South Texas.

    Originally the plan was just to put a good exhaust on it, a TB, and my M1 Flash, and drive it.
    But, I decided to up the ante....

    I had issues with getting inspected as the Flowmaster was rotted out, so we ripped out the whole exhaust and put in Spintech mids, 1 piece port plates, and I had a custom set of 3"mandrel bent downpipes into a stainless steel Y pipe made, that went into a 3" single Borla XR1, into a 3.5" rolled tip. It sounds fantastic for a stock longblock 360. VERY loud, but zero drone whatsoever.

    I was given a K&N FIPK sans filter, and a Brian Whiteley 52mm TB. Bought a big universal K&N, and rocked it.

    I started having problems with the transmission that would have required dropping the trans and disassembly to properly fix/diag, so I picked up a local 46re that had already been rebuilt w/ shift kit and a 2800 stall , and had Gilbert Blair go through it and add additional clutches and work the valve body some.

    The factory e-fan was AWOL and the clutch fan started having issues keeping up in the Texas heat, so I enlisted Steven Zeal to make one of his one-off fan shrouds with a new SPAL curved blade fan. This is the first one he's made for the trucks in about 15 years.

    Then I scored a killer deal on a D1SC intercooled Procharger kit. 3.6" Pulley
    Bought 60 lb SD injectors, a 58mm F&B TB, Airgap 4bbl manifold, an Extreme Velocity airhat,

    Since everyone keeps asking me how much I'm spending, here is how far I am into it....
    Truck:3800.00
    M1 2bbl: 450.00
    Full exhaust, parts and labor: 1200.00
    K&N, 1.7 rockers, 52mm TB: -370.00 (sold TB and 1.7s for profit, K&N later)
    F&B 58mm TB: 400.00
    Airgap: 450.00
    D1SC Procharger: 3100.00
    60 lb SD injectors: 275.00
    EV airhat: 185.00
    Built 46re w/converter: 200.00
    Steven Zeal fan shroud: 370.00 shipped (bartered for parts)
    Bogart's with front runners: 1200.00
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    Grand Total: ~10900 when you factor in that i wont be keeping both intake manifolds)

    The goal is to see what a run-of-the-mill 360 with the right parts will make. I drive this truck most days, and am fortunate enough that I don't need or rely on it every day.
    I am pretty tired of hearing "Magnums are sooooo expensive to build" or "Magnums don't make power", so I am putting this together to show what can be done with largely off-the-shelf parts, nothing fancy.
    My initial cost is pretty steep, but all of the parts involved , minus the longblock and a fuel system, will support 600+ whp.

    First pic next to the lowered CC RT is just prior to me picking it up earlier this year. The white truck is a SBE 360, 727, heads/cam, ran 11.46@119 iirc on a shakedown nitrous pass. 2nd pic is as it sits as of yesterday.
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    July 2017 Update.

    Got the new trans in. Feels great.
    Converter is supposed to be a "Mopar Performance 2800" , originally from SoCal Dakota, for whatever reason it flashes to 3000+. Feels great under load, keeps the truck where it's happy.
    Steven Zeal sent me the fan shroud w/ fan.
    Awaiting shipment of the Procharger and all related goodies.
    Picked up a drag pack. 235 BFG Radial TAs on Dakota 16s, and 275x60x16 Mickey ET Streets on same wheels.
    Mounted Belltech Street shocks on the back.

    Also got my Procharger shipped. I underestimated the amount of room the FMIC would take, so I have no choice but to go to a 99 style radiator. So I have those along with overbottles and a catch can on order.

    October 2017 update:
    I've been busy as hell. Slow progress but finally decided to put truck down to install everything.
    On my Dyno my pre-fan and pre-blower baseline was 241 whp. A stock RT puts down about 185 whp on my Dyno.
    Sold off my K&N intake, and 235 radials.
    Bought Street Bogart's and front runners.
    Sold off a spare 2800 stall I had.
    Bought a house, and am moving in 2.5 weeks so that's my deadline to get this done, moving shit in the Challenger blows.
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    Ryan was here.....
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    Nice truck.
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    Clean truck. Need to get rid of the 4x4 stance though.



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    I like the stance...
    Maybe a 1" drop, but that's it. I Sooooo hate the lowered Cholo/lowrider/flat brimmed Dork hat look.
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    No taco wagons

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    Nice looking truck and cool story! Love the color too. These are great trucks and for the money, you get a lot of bang for the buck. I've got about 4 neighbors with $50K+ in there new F-150s and I'd rather have my truck for a fraction, a really small fraction, of the cost.
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    Cool story bro LOL

    Looking good,and never bad to have real world experience with what your tuning to see just what works.

    Even being a 20 year old body style,I still love the looks and what the Dakota had/has to offer.

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    Procharger and other goodies are in the way.....
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    Friends 70 Mustang flashes 200 rpm beyond his stall as well. Runs 11.4's.

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    stall is directly related to input power. So unless the converted was spec'd to your combo. Chances are it wont be dead on.

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    200 rpm
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    look up "flash stall" in google, you're welcome
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    You forgot to factor in tune cost, for the rest of us!
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    Can't wait for an update. Sound like its going to be VERY enjoyable.

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    And so it begins....
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    Dun dun DUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyinRyan View Post
    Procharger and other goodies are in the way.....
    what size intercooler did you go with?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Osee View Post
    what size intercooler did you go with?
    24x12x3
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    Intercooler is in, Procharger is in, Zeal shroud and fan is in (was good for 12 whp) , running into issues with clearing the AC lines, cruise cable, and dipstick.
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