I dont know if you read my begining thread or not but I (we) did put a 6BT Cummins into a Dakota.I am in the process (90% done) of putting a 4BT in my Durango (same mechanicals and engine bay as a Dakota). A 4bt is a lot of work, but is quite possible in a Dakota/Durango. I would NEVER attempt a 6b without starting from the ground up. Even the Sidewinder project had to eliminate the stock heater assembly because the engine pushed the firewall back into the dash. The 3 big issues I see with the 6b is the stock front suspension (ball joints and steering parts don't last long with the stock engine); the length of the motor requiring the firewall to be pushed back 12"+; and the strength of the stock frame.
The 4bt is a very tight fit in the stock engine bay, but would be a good match to the Dakota/Durango's size and weight.
On another note, I really don't see the point of putting a 6b in a Dakota, other than bragging rights that you managed to do it (which is always fun!). A Dakota can't safely tow enough to require that much torque, and the frame can't handle harnessing that much torque even during quarter mile runs. On the other hand, a 4bt would be great for towing a 5000-7000 lb. trailer behind a Dakota or Durango, should get high 20's or into the 30mpg range with the properly matched drivetrain, and will move a Dakota along with a good bit of spirit.
But it would be fun to see a 6b powered Dakota for the street (besides the tube-frame, race car close Sidewinder).
if i can get my nv4500 in and running, you seriously might see me on sunday, what a way to debug a drivetrain, drive a few hundred miles I'll talk to my buddy who just did an nv4500 swap in his 24V and finished yesterday...Ya, TDR is mostly where I hang out.
If your not doing anything this Sunday we are having a Meet n' Greet at a local truck stop up here and im sure a lot of people would love to see your Durango.
Here is the post:
3rd Annual Petro's Meet -n- Greet Dec.2nd
For anyone that hasn't already heard:
It's almost time for the 3rd annual Petro's Meet -n- Greet.
Where: Petro's in DuPont (between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton)
When: December 2nd, 2007 at high noon.
Here's a link to the location: http://www.petrotruckstops.com/location_detail.sstg?id=57
Tell all of your Diesel friends it has been a really good time the past 2 yrs
Thanks for the compliment I really do appriciate it.Very nice!! Not a whole lot of room left over, tho Great job! I would give you an "A+":beer: