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Engine Build - How To Build a Budget Street Machine:

A Low-Buck 360-Powered Duster

Rumpity engines equal big glory, noise, and tire smoke, so that's where we spent the most time and money with this budget buildup. The Duster came with a 318 that was seized thanks to a brutal overheating, and it would have been most practical to replace it with another one of the die-hard little mileage masters. But we're not really into practical, and we wouldn't have felt right if we didn't at least try to make serious power.

The solution was to step up to a 360, spend as little as possible on the short-block, and put our bucks where the cachongas live: compression, heads, and cam. The result was an engine investment of $3,427.65. If that sounds high, remember that some magazines consider $5,000 cheap for a motor, and they don't include all the little stuff such as paint, gasket sauce, dang-it small stuff, and things you break and buy twice. We did. Read and learn.

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