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The Li'L Red Express truck used a high performance version of the E-58 Police pursuit 360 - 4bbl engine. It was dubbed the "360 Express" when the E-58 received certain upgrades.

Some of the upgrades included a 340 motor camshaft (same one that was used in 1978) with 276 duration, 484 lift and 48 degree overlap, a double roller feat and timing chain, a forged crankshaft pushing 8.4:1 compression flat top pistons with a bore and stroke of 4.00 x 3.58 inches. Exhaust passed through a pair of 360 high flow heads used as standard equipment on the E - 58.
 

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Specific Engine breakdown:

Carburetion: 850 CFM Thermo Quad 4bbl

Intake Manifold: Factory Spread boar Hi Rise

Cylinder heads: E-58 Production

Air Induction: Dual snorkel fresh air system

Camshaft: Duration 252 degrees with overlap of 33 degrees

Oil pan: 5 quart (standard)

Exhaust: Dual with 2 1/2" pipes

Mufflers: 2 A134 440 Wedge

Compression ratio: 8.2:1

Horsepower: 225 net @ 3800 RPMs

Torque: 295 foot pounds @ 3200 RPMs

1/4 mile performance: 15.71 seconds @ 88 MPH

Gas mileage: 13.1 MPG

(factory specifications)
 

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Carburetor: The Carter Thermo Quad 850 CFM four barrel Carburetor was developed as an emission era carb. Its "Spread bore" design (which had small primaries and large secondaries) was developed for economy and peformance. Offerein two sizes - the 1/38 inch and 1.50 inch primaries and 2.25 secondaries. The LRE truck recieved the larger of the two.
 

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Transmission:

The A 727 "Load Flight" transmission was a modified production unit. The 360 valve body was replaced with a higher shifting 440 valve body. This higher capacity valve body would provide a more positive shift. A nine inch high-stall torque converterre was installed to give a quicker launch during accerleration.

Transmission ratios were:

1st gear = 2.45

2nd gear = 1.45

3rd gear = 1.00

(these are the same as the standard Load Flight)
 

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Rear axle was a DANA 60, fitted with 3.55:1 gears, a 9 1/4" "Sure Grip" rear, which transferred all that power to the rear tires.
 

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Rear Springs:

To avode the use of a catalytic converter, the 1978 Li'L Red Express truck was equipped with a pair of laod rated half ton springs (Heavy Half) that brought the trucks capacity to 6,100 pounds of GVW.

Although the 1979 LRE was required to use a cat converter, Dodge continued prducing the truck with the same rear springs.
 

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Exhaust System:

To give the engine room to breathe, 2 1/2" diameter exhaust pipes were connected to a pair of 134, 440 Wedge style mufflers and then to 2 1/4" stack pipes.

This combination offered a very deep tone to the trucks exhaust and it was first feared that the truck would not pass Federal drive by decibel requirements.

Tests concluded the truck would pass Federal Noise requirements, but not the requirements of all 50 States. For this reason, the truck could NOT be sold in certain States, which includes Maryland, Florida, Oregon, Washington, and a few Cities like Boston, Salt Lake City, Cook County, Ill and Washington D.C. to name a few.
 

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Chrome wheels:

The Chrome wheels were 15" in size and were slotted deep dish wheels. They were manufacturered by the Western Wheel Manufacturer Co.

Western Chrome was originally founded in 1969 by John Siroonian, as John's Custom Wheels. John's Custom Wheels provided alloy wheel plating and steel wheel plating services to the San Joaquin Valley.

Growth of the young company required larger facilities, so in 1970, the company changed it's name to Western Wheel and moved to our current McKinley Avenue location.​

In 1978, Rockwell International purchased Western Wheel. In 1980, Western Chrome purchased the manufacturing plant and property and established one of America's best custom chroming companies.​

Today, Arnold Cavalli is at the wheel of Western Chrome, with Mario Cavalli and Joe Ramos heading up the sales division. The entire team ensures the original vision of customer customization, quality, dependable, safe and timely chromed products.​

You can currently find their website at​

 

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The standard radio was the AM/FM but the AM/FM/MX radio was offered. They came with the speakers installed in the doors.

There were other radios available, as an option.
 

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Steering:

Both the 1978 and the 1979 trucks were equpped with a fast ratio steering (referred to as "Firm Feel")

This was the same steering that had been offered on Police cars beginning in 1975. The "Firm Feel" sterring offered a fast 2 1/4 truns from hard over to hard over.

The Part Number for this steering setup is 3643334.
 

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Gauge Packages:

The Oil and Amp gauge were standard equipment. The Full gauge package was offered as an option.

There was also a TACH offered as an option. It was a 5,000 RPM tach and it was manufacturered by Bendix Corp.

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You forgot to add the cam was changed in 1979 from the hypo to a stock cam and Cats were added in 79 also making the 78 the more desireable Little Red of the two.
 
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