Originally Posted by 99' Powerstroke
Has anyone who wants to put a different engine in their truck ever thought about something besides a cummins? I like seeing originality and the same ol' cummins is getting old. I was actually looking at different engines that might be able to fit in my truck just for $hits & giggles. I'm pretty partial to John Deere equipment and checked out their website. They currently offer a 6.8L I6 common rail with power rating up to 275 HP & about 750 ft/lb of torque. I think the big problem with that is that it weighs about 1500 lb but it would make for a good tow rig. How much does the cummins weigh anyway? Detroit currently has the MBE 900 which is a 7.2L I6. I think the power ratings on that was up to 250 HP & about 650 ft/lb. but it weighs almost 1400 lb. I know there's a lot more engine possibilities out there both old and new but I just did a quick search. I'm sure the cummins swap would be a whole lot cheaper and easier though since they already have kits available. Something different sure would be interesting.
There are some things to be orginal about and some not to be. I am all about being different and doing what you want versus what the masses do. BUUUUT with something like this, unless you have a LOT of time, a VERY nice machine shop, and ALOT of experience you will want to use an engine that has conversion parts available.
The cummins CR is the exact engine I am now thinking about doing. I started wanting to do the 12v because of simplicity but the CR's wiring isnt really that bad and a good donor motor will have pretty much all the wiring harness you will need. Here is a list I have put together for my swap. I plan on getting everything put together in my shop before ever taking a single part out of my truck. In hopes of keeping the downtime to as little as possible.
Engine to tranny adapater- $695 (destroked)
Tranny computer- $699 (destroked)
Intake/IC pipes- $400 (fab myself but purchase mandrel bend sections)
Engine mounts- $150 (fab myself with new bushings)
A/C- $400 (gonna use a dodge compressor and have lines made, evac/charge)
Radiator- $100 (dont know what I will need for hoses)
PS- $100 (dodge pump but have new lines made with correct fittings)
Computer tuning- $250 (have appropriate stand alone tunning done to engine ECM)
Conservative total= $2794
This does not include a BUILT tranny made, a proper donor engine, any performance upgrades, any instrument cluster requirements. I hope to do mine for less than $10k but I wont start it until I have $20k available to spend....