The 440 Mopar is the engine of choice for destruction, or so it seems. Lore has it that the Chrysler Chelsea Proving Ground had an impact sled that was powered by two RB engines. Our friend David Hakim has a ’70 Road Runner 440+6 that was used by Wayne State University for crash testing, hauling cars on cables to their brutal demise. And now we have the Masher, a car-crushing device powered by a Mopar 440 and built by Turner Auto Wrecking's Jerry Turner back in 1974. If you're not familiar with Turner's 100-acre yard of classic cars in Fresno, California, check out our huge gallery of photos.
Below we reveal the Mopar 440 Masher, which uses 8,000 pounds of deadweight in freefall to crush up to three cars at a time. We hear it usually took a few smacks to get them down to the point where they'd slip through a mail slot. This contraption is a marvel of homegrown engineering, using a Torqueflite behind the Mopar 440, feeding into a jackshaft and a massive chain-driven input to a heavy-duty truck rearend, and then to another output at the axleshaft that drives a winch to raise the mashing device.
Around 2009, Turner's brought thousands of cars to their demise; we hear numbers as high as 8,000, and all of 'em were cycled through the Masher. Standing near this iron guillotine is like the gearhead version of visiting Texas's Old Sparky electric chair. It's oddly fascinating, yet creepy and depressing at the same time—and clouded with the ghosts of deeds impossible to undo. Just think, your Toyota or your reproduction '32 Ford fender may have come from the metal recycled from the jaws of the Masher.