What V8 will fit in Dodge D50 RAM?

Asked by Turtlebuster Mar 05, 2011 at 11:30 PM about the 1987 Dodge RAM 50 Pickup

Question type: Car Customization

I would like to install a V8 in my Dodge D50 RAM made by Mitsibitsi(excuse bad spelling). What engine has been used in the past?Thanks, donnie_ransom@yahoo.com

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there is a guy who has a 318 in one look at youtube for V8 ram 50

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Dodge, 318 motor, using an oil pan and oil pickup from a full size truck, exhaust manifolds from the 318 and standard "y" exhaust pipe. Automatic trans. I think you can use part if not all of the existing motor mounts. Seen it, drove it but I did not do the work.

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I have a 360 727 in mine goes in just as easy as the 318

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360 and 318 are the same block just different bore and stroke if i remember right if your looking for more power you could make the 360 into a 408 stroker if you really wanted to go wild but the 360 should fit

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I have a 1988 power ram 4x4 2.6 that i want to swap to v8 what will bolt to my transmission so i can keep the 4x4 working ?

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I have a 1982 dodge ram 4x4 2.6l will a 318 bolt right up to the transmission thanks?

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jtm76 i have 1990 d 50 with318 now want to upgrade to 440 have questions if youd be willing to answer

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got your email and didnt get to read it, it got deleted by my wife so if you would contact me again i would greatly appreciate it still have a few questions for you

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I have a 1983 dodge d 50 4x4 with 2.0 4 speed project want to up grade the motor any I deals

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I have the 79 2wheel drive with the 440. I also have an 84 4x4 with the 2.0. I wanted to put my 2.6 from my 79 in it but after 2 months of searching for a 4x4 oil pan for the 2.6 I gave up and built another 2.0 The front differential makes it very hard to engine swap. If you converted to solid front axle it would make engine swapping possible.


What rear end are yal using for your d50 when you do you v8 swap I can’t get over 55 and it’s screaming at 3000 rpm

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I have the stock rear end in my '79 with a 440 and 727 trans. Its 391 gear ratio and works very well just wish it was posi! At 55 mph its about 2800 rpm


a 302 is a cool swap, it fits in pretty easy. an engine is an engine, but if you want it to look factory get a 318 or 360 out a similar model 150 and stick badges on it

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How did you fit the 440 and a 727 bell housing in DI you change the firewall and you really used a stock D50 rear with 3.91 rear end

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No modification to fire wall. Took a small section out of trans tunnel in floor. And yes! Stock rear end. They hold up great with an automatic trans. Manual may be different. Just wish it was a posi! Check out youtube "Big Block D50. There are a couple videos of the truck.

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