Street racers were always on the prowl for the Next Hot
Thing and in 1962, the ones on the cutting edge were trolling for action in
Armed with twin 659cfm Carter AFB carburetors mounted in tandem, the 413 made 410 horsepower. Chrysler arrived at the 413 by stroking the B-Block 383, which had been around since 1959, into a taller-deck B-Block known as the “Raised-Block B-Block,” or “RB-Block” V-8. It had a bore of 4.19 inches, a stroke of 3.75, solid lifters, dual valve springs to combat valve float over 6000 rpm, magnafluxed rods, wedge-shaped combustion chambers, and short-ram induction manifolds.
The 413 Max Wedge came to Dodge and
Chrysler’s push-button TorqueFlite automatic was the hot choice behind the 413; the three-speed manual was actually slightly slower in the quarter, and the company didn’t offer a four-speed with the engine.
The Max Wedge 413 was as rare -- and as difficult to manage -- on
the street as any other factory engine built primarily for competition. But
even in such exclusive company, it quickly upset the established pecking order.
Super Stock/Automatic records fell like flies and while a 413 lost to the dreaded
409 in the NHRA’s ’62 Super Stock Eliminator world championship, MoPar’s new
engine did take a
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