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Craig
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11/04/2001
20:15:46

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Need some help with one here. Getting ready to put a '78 318 into an '88 2wd w/3.9 right now. I need to know what kinda motor mounts will work as a bolt in for this swap? The 318 has forward mounts , like a cylinder farther ahead of the V-6. Also , looks like electric fan time too , any ideas on how big of one will be needed? No A/C on this truck and in NW Ohio. Thanks in advance people. Looking forward to some good advice here.



JW
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12/18/2001
00:48:42

RE: 318 in an 88
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Go check out the 89' Shelby Dakota websites and chat with those guys. Shelby Dakotas came stock with a 318 and yes, they require PUSHER fans in front of the rad 'cause ders no space left!



wldtm
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12/18/2001
09:37:45

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BULLSH%T- I HAVE A 1988 DAKOTA THAT HAS A 360 (USED TO BE A 4CYL.)AND I HAVE A FLEX FAN- THINGS WORK JUST FINE. IT HAS A 1" SPACER TO MAKE THINGS FIT!



lvd2340
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12/20/2001
00:26:43

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Check www.engine-swaps.com, they make a bolt in kit to put a V8 in dakotas but you will have to use an electric fan. We have an 88 with a 340 that we placed as far back in the engine compartment as we could so that we could run a flex fan. Don't go with the Shelby design, we wondered how they put them in when we were putting a V8 in our truck. A call to chryslers tech line got us nowhere, they told us the trucks were butchered to get them to fit so that's when we decided to custom fit ours. I've since seen a Shelby and it appears that the added an extra crossmember up front. But seriously go with Schumacher at www.engine-swaps.com, their kit is bolt in.



ian
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1/22/2002
14:33:34

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Hey IVD2340 what fan did u use ? How much horsepower is it good for ? I'm doing the same thing in a '90 . There is no room for a belt driven fan in my gen 1 .



Shaun
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5/17/2002
00:40:03

3.9L/318 in a 1988 Dakota
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Hi, right now I have a 1988 dakota with a 4 banger 5 speed in it, and would like to update it to a 3.9L 5speed, but i need to know if a 318 bell housing will bolt on to it. and if i have to put a 318 in it what will the difference be in the driveshaft length?



laegion
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10/17/2004
03:44:28

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umm.... didn't some dakota's come with 318's? in fact I've seen one at school. so how hard could it be to fit? I too am thinking about the swap. btw



gen1dak
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10/17/2004
20:02:26

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wldtm. Just curious to your solution regarding the radiator. Wondering if it's similar to my approach.



wldtm
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10/18/2004
14:03:07

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used stock 3.9 radiator, with 3.9 liter hoses i beleive, the engine was sat back farther, and a dimple was made in the bulkhead for clearance for the msd distributor..any questions you can email me at wldtm@hotmail.com



gen1dak
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10/18/2004
19:16:23

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Nah, I took a different approach, though the engine setback is appealing (anything to distribute the weight better). Hate to say it, but I was checkin' you out to see if you were BS'n or not. Glad to see you're legit. Thanks.



wldtm
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10/18/2004
23:44:30

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wldtm
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10/19/2004
13:42:03

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gen1dak
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10/19/2004
23:57:38

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Just gettin' pics of a Camaro. Anyway, I was just meaning if you hadn't actually done it, you wouldn't have known about the firewall/distributor issue that would occur if you used the stock radiator setup with a flex fan, thus requiring the engine to be moved back. I went the other way on my Shelby. Pulled the (heavy) electric fans out, got a radiator that'd fit (forward) in the radiator support, and used a flex fan. Engine remained in stock location. I'm in the process of reworking things with a new engine/tranny, and have a new flex fan that's much lighter, good to 10,000rpm, and cost $20. Looks even better now.



matt
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8/30/2005
20:35:34

360 in an 88 dakota
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It currently has a 4 cylinder in it. I am putting a 360, 330 horsepower at the wheels engine in it. It came out of my old race car 69' Dart GT. I was wondering if a certain year of v6 motor mount would work. Basically, tring to find a cheaper route than buying bolt in mounts. Any help would be greatly appereciated.



Tom Byrne
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8/31/2005
10:47:36

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I have a Shelby and I would rather have a pusher fan than a fan driven off of the engine, less parasitic drag and my cooling is independent of engine speed which comes in handy when you are stuck in traffic in hot weather.



IntenseDak39
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8/31/2005
13:05:47

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"BULLSH%T- I HAVE A 1988 DAKOTA THAT HAS A 360 (USED TO BE A 4CYL.)AND I HAVE A FLEX FAN- THINGS WORK JUST FINE. IT HAS A 1" SPACER TO MAKE THINGS FIT!"


at that point you didnt mention

"the engine was sat back farther, and a dimple was made in the bulkhead for clearance for the msd distributor.."



for the stock shelby mounts, you have less clearnace, which is what JW was talking about. If you dent up your firewall, build custom mounts and set the motor back, of course your gonna have room!

I believe craig was asking about a bolt -in swap..

i believe the only bolt in swap right now is www.engine-swaps.com

shelby mount brackets are not made anymore and probably very hard to find.



Mahalia
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7/21/2011
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To think, I was confused a mniute ago.



Had
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6/02/2019
12:48:15

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I have an 88 Dakota with the 3.9 5speed
2wd ....I have been told that a 88 318
will bolt up to both the engine mounts and
transmission. So can anyone confirm this
before I do it




Michael J Weary
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6/15/2019
07:03:24

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I am doing the same, but a 360 Magnum motor and transmission. Would you consider getting all of us together outside of this to exchange emails ?



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