The Chrysler Slant Six is one of the brand’s most iconic engines. It lasted from 1960 until 1984, and then until 1987 exclusively in Dodge trucks. At its height, it was a powerful engine for its day with a 225-horsepower rating and just under 200 lb-ft of torque. Emissions standards in the 1970s eventually lowered those numbers significantly, but Chrysler continued to use the engine anyway. There are many stories across the Internet of people seeing this engine top 300,000 miles, and it had a reputation for its cockroach-like durability.
The engine saw several modifications over the course of its 27-year lifespan, to the point where it was almost a different engine by the end. By and large, the engine was made of cast iron, although early variants were originally aluminum blocks. The final design did have some aluminum in it, but it was mostly iron. It borrowed the piston heads from the Chrysler B V8 engines. That made the engine slightly easier to manufacture and mechanics of the era would already be familiar with how to service them.
Ultimately, the engine was used in well over a dozen cars and trucks across the Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge lineup. For Chrysler, that includes the Fifth Avenue, LeBaron, and Valiant. Dodge vehicles saw the most use with the Challenger, Charger, Dart, Demon, Ram Van, Lancer, Monaco, and Ram models using the engine on and off. Plymouth put it in the Barracuda, Belvedere, Duster, Valiant, and a few others. The final vehicle to use the engine was the Dodge Ram before the engine was officially retired in 1987.
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