Crate Ordered Elephan

Hallelujah, it’s a beautiful Monday morning, in the Mopar Universe!

For far too long the Die-hard, blue bleeding, members of the Pentastar gospel clergy have had their wallets drug through the fire when building a Chrysler hot rod. The younger generation that stepped into the SRT4 world and the gen III HEMI performance realms thinks we’re the only ones. The fact is the Mopar elders from the BB/RB days had the same problems. A man could simply flip over a rock and find a set of Small Block Chevy heads. 302 intake manifolds were dime a dozen. But what if you needed X heads for you 340 build? Or a six pack manifold for your 440? And oh God, let alone something like a HEMI cam… Or any HEMI parts for that matter. Truth was the blue ovals and bowties had a much better after market, and 10-fold better pricing.

Mopar’s Crate Hemi installation kit gives you power distribution center, powertrain control module (PCM), engine and chassis wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temperature sensor.

Anyway, this year at the SEMA Show, Mopar introduced plug and play kits for Gen III HEMI applications in all kinds of classic Mopar rides from A-bodies, to E-bodies, to classic Jeeps, B-bodies, hell probably even the big C-bodies.

I have a strong dislike for just belting out the same information a-thousand-and-one automotive journals and blogs do, so I decided to use my dealer info to confirm a suspension.

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This is my retracted article. I was under the unreal assumption that one could get the entire crate HEMI kit for sub 2 grand. The Hot Rod post I believe has also been altered. But any matter, the crate kits are a little over 10 grand with everything. If you think about it that 1/4 the cost of a new Challenger, Charger, etc. Still an insane bargain. The way you have to do it, you have to buy the crate 5.7 for 6,000 or the 6.4 for 9,000 which are plucked right off the assembly line in Mexico. Then you get to buy the plug and play kit, for a little under 2 grand. That may seem like a lot, but remember a Mopar PCM is almost 2 grand its self. So for 12 grand. you could have a 500 horse pavement-pounder, backed by factory support.

Mopar’s 392 Crate Hemi looks right at home in the ’71 Challenger “Shakedown.” What cool name, we wished we thought of it.

If you’re not a die-hard this may not bring you to near tears like it did for me and many others. We’ve had to wade through the years of the useless  sh*t storm that was all the “LS” swaps. Now, we have our own factory backed install kits.

LONG LIVE THE HEMI!!!!!!!!!!!!


I’m making the claim now. The LS Days have come to an end, thanks to crate delivered elephants. You heard it here first.

Thanks to much for reading, I’d love to talk more about it, with the unlocked PCM, rear sump oil pans to clean the cross member, headers for the tight a bodies, etc! You know where to find me.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Here’s the hotrod article with a little more on the spec’s ^^^^^^^^ 

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