1976 Dodge D200 3/4 2wd Cummins 4bt swap with Gearvendors overdrive CALIF. truck
Price: - Item location: Windham, Maine, United States
- Make: Dodge
- Model: Other Pickups
- Trim: Adventurer 4bt Cummins
- Year: 1976
- Mileage: 999,999
- VIN: D24BF6S251347
- Engine size: Cummins
- Fuel: Diesel
- Drive type: RWD
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1976 Dodge Other Pickups Adventurer 4bt CumminsOwned by me since arriving here from California, 15 years ago, this diesel swapped pickup has been used often every summer with nary a problem, which shows the caliber of the mechanics of it and the quality of the engineering of the swap. It has had expensive components used and there wasn't a shortcut in any way to make it an easier task. It still has two gas (fuel tanks) which required two inlets each for the diesel system, along with the original dash electric switcher (tank selector) which now involves 6 lines-- 2 to the engine, 2 to the front tank, and 2 to the rear tank. Diesel engines do not make vacuum by their design, so a vacuum pump was installed that runs off of one of the two engine belts which powers the power brakes and the cab heater and the shifting of the automatic transmission. The power steering pump mounting bracket is incorporated into the drivers side motor mount and of which all the drivetrain mounts are an engineering accomplishment all on their own. The front of the engine block just fitting in the front crossmember of the frame and just missing the firewall on the back of the engine. Not to mention the GM alternator, A/C pump and components (134a), electric cruise control (hooked to a Cummins diesel P pump??) with the Mopar original cruisecontrol on the end of the blinker switch used to select your speed--- must have spent many sleepless nights figuring that one out. When I take it to a car show and open the hood, the gearheads in the know stare at it to see how it was done and some take pictures. Then there is the Ford C6 transmission and with what is involved with the gear shift lever and the kickdown control and cooling lines. Next is the Gearvendors Under/overdrive and the effort to hook that all up mechanically and electrically. It has a control box under the dash and is set to shift the engine into overdrive at 42 mph. It works great!! It shifts into a gear that it never had. It has it's original floating rear end, and 16.5 rims and tires. This rig can fly along at 70, hauling a trailer, on cruise control, A/C blasting and stereo cranked... but, when you come to a hill, --turn down the stereo so that you can hear-- and feel-- the turbo do its thing! Makes me grin every time. Especially in the Poconos where my gas model buddies are falling behind. You know, with my black smoke--
It was like new and just done when I acquired it, but has some chips in the paint and fading now, front seat also and some clearcoat peeling. It has always been stored inside and never driven in the winter. Other than regular service, and a master cylinder, it's been good (A/C needs service, doesn't kick on). It has not had any higher performance mods to the engine that is popular today. That will be the new owners discretion. True mileage unknown.
!Remember to pull up to the diesel pump!