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Vehicle: 1988 Dodge D 100 with a 3.9 5 speed and wife has a 2001 Dodge Durango slt 4wd i want it and she don'
Location: Mt Airy NC
I have a 88 d 100 (for now?)manual with a 3.9. I think the motor is very good and trans maybe a different story. It has more power than i would thought it would have maybe bc it is a manual. Don't know how it would do in mud,what is your trans?
im getting a 1990 w150 with the 3.9 4spd and was wanting to know how good the motors are in theses trucks.
this truck will be an every day drive and some times a play in the mud truck. or would i be better off switchin my 5.2mag in it
IMHO, it's easier to buy what you want in the first place, rather than trying to make what you have into what you want.
If I was in your situation, and I wanted a V8, I would first try to find a truck with a V8. Going that route is going to be easier and probably cheaper in the long run than buying a V6 and doing a swap.
That being said, if you're looking for some serious play-in-the-mud power, I don't think the 3.9L is going to make you happy.
Again, just my two cents.
1991 D-150 & 1978 Ramcharger (current).
RIP - 1973 Dodge Dart. 1973 Chrysler Newport. 1971 Coronet Wagon. 1970 Plymouth Fury III. Miss them all.
the only reason i bought this one is because it was 500 bucks and i have a motor it the dodge i drive now but its 2wd. the 5.2 i have is mfi but im thinkin about puttin a carb swap on it or trading it to a junk yard for a carbed 360