Runnin' With The Big Dogs
I own a '93 Chevy 1500 2WD, it has a 4.3 V-6 and an automatic tranny. My question is, how difficult would it be to swap in a 350 V-8? As far as I know, the transmission, torque converter, and all wiring can be retained. Where can I find out what I need?Thank you,Tony BenvenutoLewisville, Texas
A V-8 swap in that truck doesn't get much easier. The V-8 will bolt right up to your transmission. You will need a new computer and wiring harness, check out painlessperformance.com, and advanceadapters.com has motor mounts that will help you bolt it right to the frame. Roast those tires with V-8 muscle!
I recently bought a '99 Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T. I seem to recall a few years back, in the tech section, there was an install of exhaust with Cuda-style tips and a roll pan. I believe it was Project Sniper? Anyway, I found myself vigorously thumbing through all of my back issues of Truckin' and I can't seem to find it. (I think my wife may have thrown it out, but that's a whole other can of worms). Is there a website I can go to get that kit, or can you tell me who made it?Thanx,Matt Thomsen
We found the article featuring a truck with that kit, it's on our website at: www.truckinweb.com/brandpages/dodge/0101tr_custom_1997_dodge_dakota/index.html. The hood-scoop and roll pan were both made by Profinish-Proglass. The Profinish-Proglass website is currently under-construction, viewable at www.profinish-proglass.com, but the contact information is still there, and it looks like they're working on a whole bunch of new projects. Give them a call at (260) 343-9826, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a full-sized Chevrolet window van with 5.7L and 700R4 showing 80,000 miles. After an accident with a deer, the headlights are intermittent and no turn signals. The fuses check out OK. I checked the quad headlights and all sealed beams are good. I checked the left and right side headlight grounds on the radiator core support crossmember and they are clean and tightened. I noticed the four-way hazard light indicators steadily stay illuminated when the headlight switch is pulled on. When the headlight switch is pushed off, the four-way hazard lights function normally. I don't know if this '88 has a BCM or not. The only area I haven't checked is behind the damaged bumper. It was pushed in about 4 inches. Could the headlight harness be crimped there? The van is 45 miles out in the boonies at the daughters' and she can't drive it without turn signals or after dark. Could there be a problem in the column? The highbeam lever doesn't seem to "click" when pulled or pushed, either.
The obvious choice is to have a shop check all the wiring, but there is one other option. Exorcism. It may be that the deer's incorporeal form somehow got captured in the van's electrical wiring and is now trapped in the lighting system. This would be consistent with the proven, sort of, application of dream catchers (those round, Jacob's-ladder-looking things) for capturing nightmares in their tangled webs, where the bad dreams wander until they dissipate. It may be, though, that your van's electrical architecture may not be suitably designed for banishing the deer's ghost. Therefore, you might want to try contacting your local archdiocese and ask if exorcism is the right solution for you. If Mr. Goodwrench can't help, then maybe Father Patrick can!
Dodge Warranty Correction
I just wanted to let you know, I found some misinformation in the Truckin' Volume 33, No. 12 of your mag. On page 97, the mag states that the new 6.7L Dodge has a limited lifetime warranty. After some quick research, I found this not to be the case. The diesel engines offered by Dodge are specifically omitted from this special lifetime warranty. I enclosed a link to the Dodge lifetime warranty page, so you may investigate this issue for yourself. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks and keep up the great work.One devoted reader,Jason Smith
You are right. At the time we wrote our comparison of the new diesel-powered pickups in "Heavy Duty Showdown," the news of the Chrysler company's lifetime powertrain warranty had just come out. We asked the company to confirm the warranty applied to the Dodge Ram diesel 2500 pickup we were covering for that story. The response we received, at the time, was the truck would be covered. But, it could be our contact either did not understand which vehicle we were inquiring about or wasn't entirely clear about the specifics of the new warranty. According to Dodge's website, the vehicles not covered by the lifetime powertrain warranty are "those used as/for/by police, taxis, limousines, postal delivery, ambulances, rental or government-these will continue to be covered by the 3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty. Also excluded are SRT models and Dodge Sprinters, which are covered by our 3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty; and our diesel-engine vehicles (Dodge Ram Cab/Chassis and Dodge Sprinter) which are covered by a 5-year/100,000-mile engine warranty-our diesel-equipped Jeep vehicles have a 3-year/36,000-mile engine warranty."
Who's On First?
In Truckin' Volume 33, No. 12, on page 251, there was an '07 Dodge Mega Cab. If possible, I would gratefully like to know what kind of wheels the 22s are. I have been looking for them all over the Internet, as I myself also have a Dodge Ram and love the way they look on Curtis' Dodge Ram.Sincerely,PedroSan Antonio, Texas
Thanks for reading the mag with such a close eye. Those wheels do look awesome on that black Mega Cab. They're called Mako sized 22x9-1/2 inches and available in many lug patterns. You can find them at www.ultrawheel.com
For more information contact:
Ultra Custom Wheels
570 N. Gilbert St.
Fullerton, CA 92833
Needo Of A Speedo
I have a technical question I need immediate help with. I have a '97 4.6L V-8 Ford F-150. Over the years, I have done several bolt-on engine mods, such as a cold air intake, throttle body spacer, headers, high flow cat converters, and a Flowmaster muffler. I also have used a Hypertech computer programmer. Just last week, I installed a set of 3.90 gears. The trouble I'm having is coming from the gears. My speedometer is not registering correctly anymore. It's in the range of 12 to 17 mph off. It's showing that I'm traveling at 70 mph when I know I'm really going about 55 mph. I thought the Hypertech programmer would help recalibrate the speedometer, so I uninstalled it, then reinstalled it; only to find out that it made no difference. Could you please send me the information I need to have it corrected? I have been a faithful reader of your publication for as long as I can remember. Thanks, in advance, for all your help and assistance.Aaron Young
We did a little digging and found a product that should fix your speedometer problem. Superlift's Truspeed speed sensor calibrator fits inline with your truck's factory speed sensor and will correct for gear swaps and tire-size changes. This will correct your speedometer and every other speed-sensitive aspect of your truck, including brakes. Check out www.superlift.com, it's listed under shocks and accessories. The model number for your application is 33001. We checked for prices and they cost around $200, depending on where you order it, which beats a speeding ticket and traffic school; or worse, higher insurance rates. We hope this helps keep the radar guns at bay.