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big BLOCK question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Lowtode, May 2, 2004.

  1. Lowtode

    Lowtode Registered Member

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    I was wondering if there was a difference in a Dart Big M and a Merlin block, and which one is better. I know that both are over kill, but a 4.5" bore sure would be nice to brag about.
     
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    Lowtode Registered Member

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    I know that someone out there has used a Merlin big block, but has anyone used the Dart Big M?
     
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    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Im building a mud engine and im using Merlin, I have heard alot of good stuff about them, but no one talks about Dart very much /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    gm guy 1/2 ton status

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    Same here, I've heard good things about the merlin blocks.
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    A lot of the 1/4 mile guys use the dart blocks just as much as the merlin blocks. I don't think one is much better than the other really. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    The Merlin is made by World Products. Dart and World Product are 2 sepret companys now.
     
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    tarussell 1/2 ton status

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    Both are exceptional blocks . Go for the best deal/price. A lot of racers around here will all go in together when it is parts buying time and get a multi-purchase discount and by-pas the middle man and the standard mark up in price.
    Tom
     
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    Both are sweet blocks. Dart is a bit more expensive then the Merlin. If you want some sweet deals on this stuff, check out Dynoflo on Ebay, he is an e-bay retailer. I know Shawn Spickler got his 540ci short block from them. He goit the Dart Big M block, Eagle ESP forged H-beam rods, Eagle ESP crank, SRP forged pistons and some C&A (I think? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif) rings. The whole deal was like $3200 assembled and shipped, IIRC. THats a Hell of a deal IMO, since that block is abouit $1950 by itself
     
  9. Lowtode

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    There are a couple very small differences...

    I asked this question to Brian at ADpeformance
    and he told me conserning Dart v. Merlin:

    Stepped cap vs. non-stepped, a little different design.

    For all practicle purposes they're both very good blocks that have held up under severe conditions.

    So there really dosen't seem to be a "winner" its just one can you afford.
     

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