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#2304556 - 05/14/17 08:34 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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fender gaps are going to need some attention...

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#2304559 - 05/14/17 08:39 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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#2304568 - 05/14/17 08:46 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
poorboy Offline
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As much as I hate to say it, it looks like the front of the nose needs to come down to align the fenders and door gaps. That will make the hood clearance even worse.

How close is the hood to throttle body, and is it just the throttle body, or the intake as well? Will you have clearance for an air filter assembly? Maybe if its just the throttle body clearance, you can add a tapered shim between the intake and the throttle body to gain the clearance you need. Gene

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#2304752 - 05/15/17 08:04 AM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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Oh man I can truly sympathize. I had exactly the same problem on my 57 when I put the Hemi in. The slope on the hood interfered with the front of the air cleaner for the Tri-Power. In my case it was either lose the Tri-Power for a shorter intake or use a hood scoop.

I agonized over that for about a month (especially as IMO there are no scoops that really look good on these cars). In my case the Tri-Power won and I sacrificed a 61 Thunderbird hood for the scoop.





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#2305246 - 05/15/17 10:12 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: Mike P]
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Originally Posted By Mike P
Oh man I can truly sympathize. I had exactly the same problem on my 57 when I put the Hemi in. The slope on the hood interfered with the front of the air cleaner for the Tri-Power. In my case it was either lose the Tri-Power for a shorter intake or use a hood scoop.

I agonized over that for about a month (especially as IMO there are no scoops that really look good on these cars). In my case the Tri-Power won and I sacrificed a 61 Thunderbird hood for the scoop.


Well for what it is worth, it looks good. I actually was trying to figure out what you used....
Kinda leaning toward a 1969 dodge power bulge.... I am going to contact some of the supercharger manufactures and hope that they offer a unit for the 6.1 with about an inch less total height than the srt intake manifold. I briefly considered a 1" body lift, and then a corresponding 1" suspension drop. Dont really want to go that route.
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#2323396 - 06/18/17 11:10 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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Starting to install the wiring harness...


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#2323398 - 06/18/17 11:12 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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Trying to find a place for all the stuff is a bit of work...


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#2323399 - 06/18/17 11:15 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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Had to cut a 2.375" hole in the firewall, behind the passenger side fuel rail for the harness to pass thru. There is a portion of the harness that has to be snaked under the intake manifold, cam sensor, water temp, a/c pump, etc. That took some doing.

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#2324401 - 06/20/17 07:53 PM Re: dodge dakota frame swap, custom coils or air bags needed [Re: 5280Dart]
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Looking good! Can't wait to see that thing finished!

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