Chrysler inboard motors

Discussion in 'Inboards' started by Bill55AZ, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Bill55AZ
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    Can someone tell me what boat builders used Chrysler engines?
    I am a Mopar man from way back and prefer the small block v8.
     
  2. Ike
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    Can't think of anyone using Chrysler blocks. Most are using GM blocks. Chrysler blocks used to be very common until about 15 years ago. However I have seen posts on other forums about people marinizing chrysler engines so someone must be doing it.
     
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  4. hartley
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    chrysler engines

    Bill ...The 318 cubic inch Chrysler engine was a very common marinized engine here in Australia about 20 odd years ago,single and twin installations a firm by the name of Savage bros used them extensively in fibreglass cruisers
    I am not sure ,but I believe that the manifolds etc would have come from the USA ,could be worth looking into.....cheers
     
  5. SABoater
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    Here in SA a copy of the original Ski Nautique was built about 30 years ago (as a Ski Craft) using a variety of Chrysler engines including the 318 and the 383/400, the majority of which are still running. Biggest problem were cracked manifolds, and the Carter carbs, otherwise very good reliable engines. Parts availablity was a problem here but that didn't worry avid MOPAR fans too much. I had the 400 and it worked well until the cam shaft gear came loose necessitating a cam shaft replacement which was a realitively easy job.
     
  6. drewpster
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    1969 Revel Craft cruiser. M273 Chrysler V8. Never had a problem finding replacment parts, just a problem affording them.
     
  7. patrice bell
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    chrysler 318

    Y have a chrysler cuddy cabin 24 feet 1970 with a 318 . Y am rebuilding this boat and y have do a test with the boat on water . It was OK but my transmission had a problem . Y look for many information on this boat model .
    Y have buy the owner book on ebay and y hope the information . My english is bad but y try , y hope you understad.
     
  8. nowhere fast
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    i have a 1973 luhrs 25 foot flybridge convertible and it has a chrysler 318 it doesnt give me the speed i would like but it's very reliable and very simple to repair if the need arrises.luhrs installed chryslers in just about all of their older models,single and twin engine models.
     
  9. Lancerbye
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    The Chrysler Crown engine was used extensively in Canadian Commercial fishing boats in the50s, 60s and early seventies, (mostly in gillnetters of the 32 to 34 foot variety) The Crown was an inline 6 and was replaced in the early 70's when gasoline prices started to rise for diesel engines. Chrysler got together with Nissan motors and produced an efficient 6 cyl. diesel as a direct replacement for the Crown. The earlier models were named SD 6-33 and had a woping 72 B.H.P. @3600 rpm.,but it ran on fumes.
     
  10. RMSOSF
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    Donzi used them in the '60's and early '70's. Silverton, Trojan and Pacemaker used them as well.
     
  11. BMcF
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    Not wanting to quibble..but being a Donzi nut and owning a couple, I've seen only Fords (most by Holman & Moody) in the early Donzis. Though I'm not not as familiar with a couple of the larger models they stuck in their lineup from time to time.

    I had a wood Pacemaker 43' with a pair of 440s..it loved the fuel but they would really move that ole gal.

    I too have always found it odd that all the 'HP' marine engines of the day were Chevrolet's or Fords..Mopar's better gems like the 340 being largely absent.

    The 318 however is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous marine powerplants ever..I'm restoring a '74 Marinette that has a pair. You could order 360s as an option. The 318s are 225 HP..don't recall what the 360's rating was.
     
  12. RMSOSF
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    We have a 1967 28' Donzi here at our shop that we work on regularly..... has a pair of 360 Chryslers........ 3500 original hours.
     
  13. Ike
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    I also belong to the Hot Boat Forum. I see people talking about Chrysler engines on that forum a lot, especially the 318. check it out at http://www.hotboat.com/forums/
     
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    LOL..that was what I was guessing then. I'm in to the 'little' ones in those years (16', 18' 22') - and they are all Fords - but I'm not surprised the bigger ones used Chryslers. Of course..no 360s made in '67..were they originally 318s?
     

  15. RMSOSF
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    They are actually 361's...... we just call them 360's because few people know of the 361's
     
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