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1988 D50 pickup #2745057
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Has anyone ever put a small block or gen III Hemi in one for the street? Got one from my deceased brother in law and just thinking out loud

Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745063
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Dont have that answer but I know the complete head and turbo from a Eclipse/Talon will bolt on some of them. With mods 400 HP is doable.


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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745069
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Originally Posted by cudaman1969
Has anyone ever put a small block or gen III Hemi in one for the street? Got one from my deceased brother in law and just thinking out loud


No personal experience but the ones with an auto trans are supposed to be the easiest because they used a 904. Swing in a small block with trans, line up the trans mount and let the front land where it lands. Fab mounts to suit or motor plate.

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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745070
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I had one with a 2.0 liter with a 2.6 conquest turbo top end. My friend and I put a Buick GN drivetrain in another one also. The V6 truck ended up with the radiator mounted in the bed. The factory rear axle held up to low 11second E.T.s


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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745079
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I put a SB LA 418 in my my Dodge Rampage ... it WILL fit
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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: MR_P_BODY] #2745088
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I've seen one with a SB in it, fit nicer than an RB in a Duster.
Those trucks are light, too.

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Originally Posted by MR_P_BODY
I put a SB LA 418 in my my Dodge Rampage ... it WILL fit
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That IS nice

Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745099
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Since it’s an extended cab I could move the firewall back some. It’s a 4x4 but all that can be changed out. I’m thinking the overdrive 904 unit and a turbo 5.7 hemi, I have the nag trans too but would need controller for both. Oh yea, body-frame is perfect

Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: Dave_J] #2745101
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Originally Posted by Dave_J
Dont have that answer but I know the complete head and turbo from a Eclipse/Talon will bolt on some of them. With mods 400 HP is doable.

What years for that head-turbo

Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745114
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Buddy of mine is looking for a D-50 to do a Gen 3 swap in. Apparently it's a fairly common swap.


There's one that races around here with an RB in it. Not sure how much he cut out to get it there.


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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745148
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Thanks.. I set it up with a 518OD and fuel injected
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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745164
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I had one of those and daydreamed about putting a small block in. I took some measurements and IIRC it would fit but there might be some reconfiguration needed of course. Mine was a 2wd.

A local guy had one of the prior gen trucks with a 440 in it, but the firewall had been cut.

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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: Not yr uncle Bob] #2745239
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I put a 340 in a 79-86 body style back in the late 80's...I've never messed with the newer body style...

Mine was a 79 D-50 Sport...I'd do it again if I can find the right truck...


69 Dart 12.32 at 109 mph...

72 Duster 11.66 at 113 mph...

70 Satellite 17's somewhere...

65 Coronet on the 5 year plan

65 Bel II still on the 10 year plan...

skickermotorsports...

Destroying perfectly good chit for 35 years and counting...
Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: skicker] #2745301
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Originally Posted by skicker
I put a 340 in a 79-86 body style back in the late 80's...I've never messed with the newer body style...

Mine was a 79 D-50 Sport...I'd do it again if I can find the right truck...

Did you use the body style like above or the first “Dodge” pickup?
I checked and we’re talking same model. Can you walk me through how or what you did to install the 340? Any weird things like oil pan, fan or radiator, exhaust route

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Re: 1988 D50 pickup [Re: cudaman1969] #2745311
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This is what mine looked like...

Before and after...

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69 Dart 12.32 at 109 mph...

72 Duster 11.66 at 113 mph...

70 Satellite 17's somewhere...

65 Coronet on the 5 year plan

65 Bel II still on the 10 year plan...

skickermotorsports...

Destroying perfectly good chit for 35 years and counting...

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