Mopar offers modern HEMI crate engines for ’60s, ’70s restorations
Mopar has introduced two crate engines that simplify installation of modern HEMI V8s in classic cars from the 1975 model year or earlier.
The 5.7- and 6.4-liter kits can be used in the Dodge Charger and Challenger, Plymouth ‘Cuda and many other Chrysler models from the muscle-car era. The third-generation HEMI engines apparently support newer models too, as the 345 Crate HEMI was installed in a Wrangler TJ chassis to power the CJ66 concept on display at SEMA.
Installation kits provide necessary hardware such as the power distribution center, powertrain control module, wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, oxygen sensors, ground jumpers and a charge air temperature sensor. Other optional accessories include power steering kits, air conditioning, 45-degree oil filter adapter and a Jeep SRT exhaust manifold.
The factory calibrations are set at 383 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque for the 5.7-liter engine, or 485 ponies and 472 lb-ft of twist for the 6.4-liter edition.
The Mopar 345 Crate engine alone fetches $6,070, while the 392 starts at $9.335. The installation kits cost $1,795 for either engine.