Will a 2001 Dakota 318/360 fit back into a 2001 Dakota that had a 4.7 V8 ???

Asked by Jul 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM about the 2001 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Crew Cab SB

Question type: Car Customization

I am wanting to put the less expensive Dodge 318 or 360  back into the hole of a 2001 Dakota that originally had a 4.7 eng. ... The truck is an automatic , 4x4 , Quad cab . ???

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Even if it fits there's a ton of other things that have to be done. Like the ECU. Exhaust. Emissions. Linkage. And so on. It's no like the old days when could put in the engine of your choice over the weekend.

I was not considering an OLD style 318 or 360 . I was considering a 318 or 360 from a 2001 or 2002 Dakota .


your best bet would be to find a donor vehicle, because you will have to swap all electronics, wiring, transmission, etc. and that is using a magnum 318 or 360.


I agree with madmopar! Find a donor vehicle, something that may have been rolled or rear-ended and grab as much wiring as possible. Everything should fit as the space is the same and you may be able to use the present transmission, but you need to either talk to your friendly mechanic or pick up a Chilton manual for that particular model vehicle. I plan to put a 5.9 or 6.2 liter engine in my 2002 Dakota 4x4 along with an 8 spd auto. Have to see how the process works out. Good Luck and keep us posted on your process

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