318 - 390 Stroker
I am the proud owner of a Dodge W200 (M880) with a 318, and i am currently rebuilding it. Frame done, rust done, so engine is next on my to do list.
So here is my problem, iwe been trying to get all the knowledge i can from the net, been reading everything i can find about the 318 engine. And it seem to me like its a good strong engine to rebuild. How ever the net is an extremely hard place to get a strait answer. The normal engine rebuild threads start out fine, but very quickly turn into chaos, bickering or personal preferences.
I kind of have my heart set on a rebuild of my old 318,nd turning it into a 390 stroker, i know it might be easier/cheaper to rebuild a 360, but old v8 engines are very hard to come by here is the state of Denmark. And getting a crate engine from the US would cost an arm and a leg, plus a small fortune and taxes =)
I have loads of questions but no one to ask, since i have the misfortune of living in Denmark (Scandinavia) where there are not than many people who know jake about old v8 engines.
So my question is this:
Is a stroker engine a wise choice for a big heavy truck like mine (about 4200 lbs)?
Could you build a "mild" 390 stroker with something resembling the reliability of my old 318 (original engine from 76)?
What are the pros and cons of a stroker engine vs a "normal" size crank?
Should i skip the idea and just rebuild it more like a stock 318?
Any feedback would been very welcome =)