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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2012, 02:29:21 AM »
Fullsize axles now? Cool. Be sure to post pics.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #51 on: November 25, 2012, 08:50:58 AM »
Well the truck got screwed by a piece of metal on the road, it came up and destroyed the tail shaft housing/transfer case adapter.

I had a NP540-OD and a NP435 but they wouldn't work due to the shifter location, tried finding another tail shaft housing from a 4x4 MA904 out of another D50 but those are so rare that every junkyard I called (all over the US) laughed and said they hadn't seen one in at least 20 years. Tried finding a NV3500 from a 4x4 V8 Dakota, no luck there either.

Got real pissed off at that point and picked a 50 pound sledgehammer and started walking toward the truck. My grandfather had to drag me away to keep me from destroying the truck in rage. At that point I was fuming mad when he suggested swapping in the 727 and 203 from one of his W100 parts trucks. I snapped at him about the driveshaft being on the wrong side for my truck. He said "Then swap the axles and quit playing games with that shitty Dana 35." (Gotta love his sense of humor)

So when I calmed down he towed a W100 up for me to grab the transmission, transfer case and axles from. After this the truck will have a 100% W100 drivetrain and will be a lot easier to find parts for. 727, 203, Dana 44 and an 8.75". Oh and it's getting a skid plate too


HHHMMMMMM  I wonder where that came from?  {think} ;D  BTW as far as I know that trans was good. It moved the truck around down here.  ;)
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #52 on: December 7, 2012, 02:55:42 AM »
Because of the amount of work involved in the Full Size Axle Swap, it's postponed until I get my other truck (Dakota) fixed and running too.

For the time being, I located a complete 80's 4WD 727 transmission for $125, That'll allow me to use my current Range Box/Transfer Case (Round Bolt Pattern, NP205/208/241 style) and keep the driver's side drop front axle (functioning 4WD) while I focus on getting the Dakota fixed.

Being without a truck isn't something I can do again, especially with winter here.


HHHMMMMMM  I wonder where that came from?  {think} ;D  BTW as far as I know that trans was good. It moved the truck around down here.  ;)

You mean that 2WD 727 my friend Nate bought from you? We installed that in his Mazda RX7, along with the 318 he bought from you (rebuilt/hopped up and ready to destroy furds/chebies) months ago.


Once I get the Dakota fixed, I'll start the Full Size Axle Swap on the D50. That won't stop me from doing the small modifications to the D50 though as I'm fixing the Dakota. I'll be picking up the transmission on Saturday, and that'll completely burn through every bit of cash I got as an early birthday present (my birthday is on Saturday), to buy the transmission for my truck.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #53 on: December 7, 2012, 09:19:37 AM »
he suggested swapping in the 727 and 203 from one of his W100 parts trucks. I snapped at him about the driveshaft being on the wrong side for my truck.

What about 241 transfer case from 94+ truck with a 727?  should be easy and relatively inexpensive at this point
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #54 on: December 7, 2012, 10:08:29 PM »
What about 241 transfer case from 94+ truck with a 727?  should be easy and relatively inexpensive at this point

That would work too, but at the time I only had 727/203 Combos (which a 205/208/231/241/KM100/Dana 300/etc wont bolt to).

My dad and grandfather are going with me tomorrow to pick up the 1980+ 4WD 727 for my truck.

The downside to having to pull the transmission out of my truck? Half of the truck has to be dismantled and the engine & transmission must be removed as a combo, and then unbolt the transmission from the engine on the shop floor  :-\
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #55 on: December 9, 2012, 05:43:25 PM »


You mean that 2WD 727 my friend Nate bought from you? We installed that in his Mazda RX7, along with the 318 he bought from you (rebuilt/hopped up and ready to destroy furds/chebies) months ago.



Wasn't there a 4x4 727 t-case and axles in that frame I bought up to you.  ;)
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #56 on: December 10, 2012, 05:21:24 AM »
Out of curiosity: Is that NP540-OD for a mated or a divorced transfer case setup?

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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Next up, Rollbar
« Reply #57 on: December 10, 2012, 03:58:09 PM »
Cool project, i havent seen one of them for years.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #58 on: December 11, 2012, 06:53:50 AM »
Out of curiosity: Is that NP540-OD for a mated or a divorced transfer case setup?

Divorced, it was from a 1950's 2WD 2.5 ton Dodge Dumptruck. It has a unique bell housing that will bolt to a Flathead 6, small block and big block. Has a special flywheel and an antique direct drive starter. I'm going to install it in my 1948 Dodge truck since it'll bolt right to my 218 Flathead 6, since the 48 could use an additional gear.

Picked up the 727 on Saturday. The KM100 range box uses the same clocking and bolt pattern as a Dodge 205/208. The truck will need an additional 2" of lift in the front for the driveshaft to clear the larger case of the 727. Ordered all new seals, gaskets, etc for the transmission, range box and transfer case. Might as well replace them since I'll have it all on the floor anyway.

Wasn't there a 4x4 727 t-case and axles in that frame I bought up to you.  ;)

Just axles, steering and a pair of gas tanks.

Cool project, i havent seen one of them for years.

Thanks. Hard to believe its almost 30 years old, not too many of them left anymore.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #59 on: December 11, 2012, 03:47:34 PM »


Just axles, steering and a pair of gas tanks.


Yeah now that I think about it you are right.  {hammer}
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #60 on: December 12, 2012, 03:06:22 PM »
Yeah now that I think about it you are right.  {hammer}

It happens.  ;D

Short-Tail 4WD 727.

The internals and case are from the 727 I pulled out of my '74 Duster, the tailshaft and tail housing/transfer case adapter are for a 1970's/80's Jeep J10 4x4.

I'm going to attempt to install it tonight, followed by Skid Plates.

If I have time I'll swap the carb too. Found a 625 AVS in a pile of parts, cleaned it up real good and its ready to replace the 750 AVS that's currently on the little 273.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #61 on: December 12, 2012, 04:28:53 PM »
 {cool}
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #62 on: December 14, 2012, 05:55:27 PM »
Mother of all things unholy! NOW I remember why I bolted the engine & transmission together on the floor and then installed them and reassembled the rest of the truck around them.

The truck sits way too high to use a transmission jack, the transmission is tucked up in too far to use the transmission attachment for the engine crane.  But nooo I was determined to pull the transmission without tearing apart 3/4 of the truck.

I had to remove the entire exhaust system, then I put the truck on the lift and unbolted most of the transmission. The next move was pure genius or idiocy, I'll know for sure which it was when I wake up tomorrow. I propped the 904 up on my shoulder, pulled the last 2 bolts out and then wrestled it down out bare handed, around the suspension and other crap that wanted to get in my way.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #63 on: December 14, 2012, 06:02:01 PM »
That transmission weighs more than you do.  :P
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #64 on: December 14, 2012, 06:17:11 PM »
That transmission weighs more than you do.  :P

At least twice what I weigh... I can only imagine what it's going to be like trying to wrestle a larger 727 up into the truck  :-\

Considering it took me about 6 hours to remove the 904 from the truck, I figure it'll take at least 10 to install the 727 and put the truck back together.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #65 on: December 14, 2012, 06:29:23 PM »
At least twice what I weigh... I can only imagine what it's going to be like trying to wrestle a larger 727 up into the truck  :-\

Considering it took me about 6 hours to remove the 904 from the truck, I figure it'll take at least 10 to install the 727 and put the truck back together.

Time to get a second pair of hands before you loose a foot!  ;)
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #66 on: December 15, 2012, 04:37:43 AM »
Time to get a second pair of hands before you loose a foot!  ;)

Most of my friends moved away after college because they couldn't find jobs here. The ones that are still here (and capable of assisting) work non-stop... That just leaves the friends you wouldn't trust with a screwdriver, let alone helping to install a transmission  :-\  :P

My buddy Nate would have been great for this job (He's the one that has the Mazda that we swapped in a 318/727), but he lives in Chicago now. He was a hulk of a guy, 5'11" like me, but he easily had 100 pounds over what I did. The pair of us carried that complete 318 around the garage like it was a paperweight  :o  :P

I'm going to make some phone calls in the morning, one of my friends is trying to use up all of his vacation days before the new year. He knows enough about vehicles to not screw up, so hopefully he took a vacation day (or can call in for one) for either Saturday or Sunday and I can get some help with the transmission.


EDIT : Forgot I had a picture on my phone from earlier. You guys can thank the various people who decided to call me (back to back, at that) while I was flat on my back trying to unbolt stuff under the truck (prior to putting it on the lift).

It never fails that when you're in the middle of doing something and you're covered in grease up to your elbows that you either A: Have to piss, or B : Answer the phone  :-\  Well, since my phone was already dug out of the depths of my coat, it seemed like a good time to get a pic.

Told you all it was a tight fit. Yes the radiator sits directly on top of the winch (with unibody frame steel and rubber isolators separating the two). Yes the fan is that close to the radiator (and the block is set back tight against the firewall). There is no hope of ever installing a shroud or electric fans on this truck...

Yes it has the famous Dodge Anti-Corrosion package  ;D  As evident by the glossy appearance of every piece under the truck  :P
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #67 on: December 15, 2012, 10:26:38 AM »
ratchet straps, can hold the trans in place and even lift it some (think piece of wood under the trans to allow the straps to slip)

 and do be careful.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #68 on: December 15, 2012, 09:39:09 PM »
I see it's got MoPar brand anti-corrosion compound.

Definitely get some help. It'll make it fly compared to trying to fight every step of the way.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #69 on: December 17, 2012, 08:29:28 AM »
Couldn't find any help, so I ended up doing the install myself. At the cost of a few torn muscles and a dislocated shoulder. You guys wouldn't have wanted to hear the stuff I was yelling the whole time.

It's amazing how when someone needs help I'm always there, yet when I need help nobody wants to. (Excluding my friends who were working or out of the state at the time) It sure puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

All in all, it took me 9 hours of cursing, swearing and smashing the floor with a hammer (rage venting/tunnel mods) just to bear-wrestle the 727 up into the truck and install 2, yes 2 bell housing bolts. I've got pics but they'll have to wait, my phone doesn't want to upload them for some reason. The transmission tunnel was actually smaller than the 904, I'm still trying to figure out how I squeezed a 904 in there, it required some extensive rage venting...er tunnel mods to fit the 727 in. And I may have to tweak some cross members to clear the front driveshaft, as well as modifying the front driveshaft. Also the front section of the dual exhaust has to be redesigned, the duals won't clear the 727.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #70 on: December 17, 2012, 08:20:09 PM »
fun fun fun.............  :o
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install
« Reply #71 on: December 18, 2012, 02:27:33 AM »




The rest of the pics didn't turn out for some reason, I had some close-ups on the devastation I had to inflict on the front section of the transmission tunnel. This 727 would have never fit in a stock D50, that's for sure

Front driveshaft mods still required, along with 2" of additional lift in the front. Which works out, because the front of the truck has always been too low.


EDIT :

Transfer Case in, Rear Driveshaft in, 2" Leveling Kit (Front) in. First pic is pre-leveling kit, second pic was taken shortly after the kit was installed (I'll try to get a side pic soon)

It has a bit of a Pre-Runner look to it now, (sits almost level) because the wheel openings on the front fenders are higher up than the rears by a noticeable amount (factory design). So it makes the truck look like it's sitting a little higher in the front, even though its not.





It needs bigger tires, the 33's look puny now that the truck is sitting level.  Figured while it was in the garage for these repairs, I'd replace the 30 year old head lights with some newer Halogens (I still have to aim them)

She's almost ready to drive again. I know one thing though, if the engine or transmission ever has to come out of this thing again I'll cut the transmission tunnel out and pull the transmission from above... And shove a 440 in it by accident when I'm putting the truck back together  ;D
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : 727 trans install / Shift Lever Mods
« Reply #72 on: December 20, 2012, 04:05:02 AM »
Time for some shift lever mods.

The issue I had with the shifter not matching the gear position at the transmission is due to the fact that B&M uses a special shift lever at the transmission for their shifters.  So I called my uncle and borrowed the hardware package from Nate's new shifter (my friend/cousin with the Mopar powered Mazda RX7).

Dug through a box of levers to find one close enough to modify without a ton of work and copied the B&M Lever from Nate's shifter.

The Donor Lever ended up being for an AMC 904 (AWD Eagle Station Wagon IIRC). The angle was slightly different and there wasn't much meat around the hole for the cable to connect to, so to alter it to my liking I beefed it up a bit.





After cleaning it up a bit, and opening the hole up to Mopar Linkage Spec size (I like a little bit of overkill) here's what it looks like



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340 / 727 Floor Shift Lever, 318 / 904 Floor Shift Lever, B&M Shift Lever, Chris's B&M Shift Lever  ;D  Yes there's actually differences in Mopar Levers in the same exact vehicles, when comparing a 904 to a 727 (notice the 904 lever is slightly shorter and is mostly flat)
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #73 on: December 22, 2012, 01:42:44 PM »
It lives. Other than running out of gas it runs awesome. Swapped on a 625 AVS, I need to richen it up though, it's not feeding enough for the 273.

Split my fingernail in half, with multiple smaller cracks, while changing the front shocks. Still bleeding almost 24 hours later.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #74 on: December 22, 2012, 01:47:07 PM »
But is your finger going to live?  :o
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #75 on: December 22, 2012, 01:53:07 PM »
But is your finger going to live?  :o

Probably, but the crack will never grow out. My dad did something similar when he was a kid and no matter how much the fingernail grows it the crack won't grow out because it spans the whole length.

Let me tell you, it was a royal PITA driving because of the lockout on the shifter and trying not to bash that finger against it in the process
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #76 on: December 22, 2012, 03:25:52 PM »
looks like it could use a bigger air cleaner.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #77 on: December 22, 2012, 04:55:54 PM »
looks like it could use a bigger air cleaner.

At the time I didn't have one so I bought a $14 10" Eddy Air Cleaner, I now have a 70's Dual Snorkel 360 4BBL air cleaner. I need to sandblast it and repaint it first though. I also have a vintage 20" Moroso Air Cleaner but its too tall to use on the truck. Without a scoop I have to use a stock 70's air cleaner (hi-po models) or a low profile aftermarket setup.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : It lives again
« Reply #78 on: December 24, 2012, 05:25:56 PM »
Well the ignition pickup decided to crap out on me yesterday when I was driving to my dad's place. Fortunately I keep an old Points Distributor behind the seat for emergencies, it got me back to the shop.

The pickup in the distributor went out, so I took this time to upgrade the whole ignition system in the truck. I had a barely used Accel 300+ Ignition System with a Super Coil from my '74 Duster (I Upgraded the Duster to an Accel 300/375+ Ignition system last year), also threw in a recurved (2,400rpm full mechanical advance) distributor to complete the upgrade.

The truck runs awesome, but the radiator isn't up to snuff for the 273. It runs too hot, always has. So my family is getting me an aftermarket aluminum radiator for christmas.  8)


EDIT :

Here's some shots of the lil 50, she sits pretty high for a "mini" truck. That's an AWD Subaru on the left and a W150 on the Right, for a comparison on how high the lil beast sits.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #79 on: December 29, 2012, 10:36:40 PM »
Well the little truck has always run hot, too hot for comfort.

Well apparently it was hotter than the small block wanted, and it warped the heads  :o I had to swap out the milled "587" 360 Heads (warped 6 thousandths on one, 8 on the other) for a set of Milled 340 J Heads (with 1.88 Valves)

That's when I found out this motor had brand new Forged Domed Pistons in it, was bored .060 Over, and still had Crosshatch in the Cylinders  :o  Somebody sunk a lot of money in that 273 not long before I got it  ;D

The little 273 really hauled after the head swap, you'd swear it was a drag car (gee I wonder why, high lift cam, high compression, and a 340 top end).  But it wanted to run hot (I was hoping the heads had been warped all along and that was the cause, but it wasn't)

So to save my J Heads and the money spent on gaskets, I pulled over and left the truck cool down, and then returned to the garage to attempt to fit a bigger radiator in the truck. Right away it was obvious I wasn't going to get one in there without a BFH and some serious elbow grease. Another thing was clear, I wanted a radiator capable of cooling the 273 with ease.


Left to Right : B-Body 2-Core Radiator, D50 "Diesel" Radiator, "Super Radiator!"  (C-Body 4-Core 440 w/ AC Radiator)



In the truck...  :o  :o




I had to remove the mounting brackets, it wouldn't fit with them on. (so I had to solder 4 individual brackets on the top & bottom tanks, to bolt to the top and bottom of the core support).  2 of the cores on the left side (right side in the picture) were damaged at one time and I had cut them off and soldered them shut at the tanks. It won't matter much, since it was plenty capable of cooling the 340 in my '74 Duster as is.

Sadly, I had to cut my front bumper and have to relocate my winch, since the radiator from my '74 Duster is a lot taller than the D50 radiator (Which already sat on top of the winch)
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #80 on: December 29, 2012, 10:56:58 PM »
Is it running cooler now?  ;D
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #81 on: December 29, 2012, 10:59:44 PM »
Is it running cooler now?  ;D

Yeah its running about 70* right now...the temperature inside the shop  :P  ;D I hope to have the truck back together some time tomorrow.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #82 on: December 29, 2012, 11:01:40 PM »
Bet it would run cooler if you open the garage door.   ;D
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #83 on: December 29, 2012, 11:07:11 PM »
Bet it would run cooler if you open the garage door.   ;D

Oh yeah... 10*  :P  :-\  But then I freeze too, cause the shop is attached to the house.

Speaking of the garage doors, I scraped the roof of my truck against the smaller 8' door when I pulled it in to change the radiator. I never would have thought that thing would sit that high on 33" tires.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #84 on: December 30, 2012, 08:03:05 AM »
Bet it would run cooler if you open the garage door.   ;D

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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #85 on: December 30, 2012, 05:34:21 PM »
It runs much cooler, 190* no matter how hard I pushed the truck. Even idled in stop & go traffic at 190. Modified the kick down arm on the carb and now it shifts properly too, man does that 273 sound sweet when the secondaries open and it kicks down a gear.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #86 on: December 30, 2012, 06:41:56 PM »
Awesome- man I was thinking the 22" but that's excellent. Especially since it's an easy part to acquire for a truck.

The forged pistons makes sense for a 273 rebuild. The high-comp pistons for the 62cc put it dead in the 9s for CR with 340/360 heads.

Yep, for low profile I love the '70s air cleaner. My current setup is too tall for one.  ;D

That AVS should be great- and if you ever wanted a 273-4 HP air cleaner on a '68-up carb or throttle body that 10" air cleaner can be the baseplate.
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« Reply #87 on: December 30, 2012, 07:42:21 PM »
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Tiny radiators are for wimps.
« Reply #88 on: December 31, 2012, 11:13:03 AM »
Grabbed the rollbar this morning, it came from my 76 W100 parts truck (so did the J heads on the 273). It's way too big for the D50 as-is, fortunately it's an adjustable rollbar that bolts together.

I just need too pull it apart, clean it up and drill new holes to size it down to fit my truck, and weld on 2 more light mounts, it already has 2 light mounts and a whip antenna mount. I have a set of 4 vintage (80's) KC lights for the rollbar, it'd make the truck look a lot better and give me some off road lighting too
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #89 on: January 2, 2013, 04:15:34 PM »
Got most of the mods done to the rollbar and set it in the bed for a test fit (I believe it may have been an original Macho Power Wagon Rollbar long ago, before a previous owner tried to modify it.)

I removed cobbled together "iron pipe" sleeves from two of the tubes (I'm guessing to fit a shortbed bar in a longbed truck?) and shortened the assembly and welded it back together. The two tubes that had the iron pipe sleeves on them were pretty haggard looking under the tubes (somebody beat those sleeves on with some force), so I had no choice but to cut above that. The bar could have been left a little longer, since my truck is a longbed (7.5' bed), but it doesn't look too bad considering it.

It seems to go well with the truck, it appears to sit a little high in the picture. That's because the bolts and nuts that held it to the bed floor in the '76 W100 parts truck are still on it. I popped them up through the rusty bed floor on the parts truck with a screwdriver and a nudge from my shoulder  :P I'll cut them off when I wrestle the bar back down out of the bed to clean it up for a fresh coat of paint.





Then I swapped the carb again, went back to a Thermoquad. That's when I noticed some crud on the side of the battery tray...oh crap...

The battery hold-down (one of the universal ones) broke and the battery shifted sideways and apparently clipped the fan  :-\  A 65N series 850/1000 Amp Battery, only a couple months old. SUNUVA!  Fortunately it only leaked a little acid out, so I'm sealing the gouge up and making my own battery hold down out of 1/4" Steel, and then I'll top off the cells.
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« Reply #90 on: January 2, 2013, 06:17:50 PM »
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #91 on: January 11, 2013, 08:57:03 AM »
The rollbar is in but I screwed up/forgot to weld on additional mounts for the spare tire, fuel cans and hi-lift jack.

The rollbar is obviously the best place to mount the spare tire since there's no way I'll fit a 33" tire between the frame rails under the bed. I also have a nice pair of 5 gallon military fuel cans that I can use for those times when I run out of fuel.

Speaking of running out of fuel, the truck has ran out a few times... I have a gas tank for a furd ranger on the truck (it was new and free) but the sending unit doesn't match the dodge gauge, it doesn't matter if I'm out of fuel or have 15 gallons in it, it registers 1/4 tank on the gauge. I recently scrapped both of my 1987 D50's, so I have a D50 fuel tank I can install in place of the ranger tank.

I'd also like to install carpet and a headliner in the truck. With a bare floor and ceiling the truck is as cold as an Eskimos balls even with the heat maxed and its as loud as the front row of a rock concert too, lol
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #92 on: January 16, 2013, 03:03:33 PM »
I don't think I've posted a pic of the engine since I did the top end swap, so here you guys go.



Gotta love that crap they put on the roads when it snows, it leaves a nasty layer of crap all over everything on a vehicle.  :-\




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« Reply #93 on: January 16, 2013, 04:39:23 PM »
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #96 on: February 12, 2013, 12:41:11 AM »
 {think}  whose rig is that?

 I personally like the slightly older style, with 4 headlights.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #97 on: February 12, 2013, 08:34:00 AM »
That's my D50. It's an 80 on a 440 ramcharger frame. The early trucks had 2 headlights, the 84-85 had 4. Then the body style completely changed in 86.

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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #98 on: February 12, 2013, 10:57:25 AM »
mine was an 85, that thing needs some inner fenders, maybe just some mesh to keep the big debris, and splash down.
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Re: 1984 Dodge D50 Sport 4x4 : Rollbar and a Whoops.
« Reply #99 on: February 14, 2013, 02:21:15 PM »
That's my D50. It's an 80 on a 440 ramcharger frame. The early trucks had 2 headlights, the 84-85 had 4. Then the body style completely changed in 86.




1987 was the changeover year actually.  ;)  First Generation D50's were 1979 - 1986, 2nd Generation (smaller) were 1987 - 1992

1986 was a really weird year though.  The replacement cab on my '84 came from a D50 built in August 1986, and I had an '87 (2nd gen) that was built in June 1986...  ???  A real WTF moment there, they were building 2nd gens in '86, along side 1st gen models in '86 (that were produced after the 2nd gen models were built)

Sweet looking D50 you've got though, I love it  ;D   Did you alter the factory Ramcharger Wheelbase (relocate one of the axles?) when you swapped the D50 body onto the frame?  The RC has a 106" Wheelbase, the 1st Gen D50's have a 109" Wheelbase, and my D50 has a 114" Wheelbase (altered wheelbase). But yours appears to have quite a change to the wheelbase as well, considering the front clip was extended a good bit.


I actually have a spare 1970's Ramcharger Frame set aside to use as a replacement frame for my D50, it's one of the things I want to do eventually, swap the current C-Channel frame for an RC Frame (With a slightly altered wheelbase)
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