Project D-$150

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  1. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar Active Member

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    No, my D-150 pickup is not an A body. It is a Mopar though! Out of respect, I will try to keep this to motor and drivetrain, and not clutter up the A-body thread with pickup trucks.
    This thread is named for the model truck and the price I paid for it.
    The theme of this build is going fast for extreme low cost.
    I am not a total of:
    $150-truck
    $70-battery
    $32-manual
    $100 wheels and tires
    $175-turbo
    $50- suspension parts

    The day I bought this truck (88 D-150) I went with a (reconditioned $72) battery and this 318 that had not been started in 5 years, popped to life and after blowing out 1 injector, and putting the wires on the right plugs, drove us home, and has run like a top since.
    A fairly low mile vehicle, it all, especially the motor, looked and ran well.

    the goal here is to turbocharge this stock 318, get some decent daily driver power, then build a new “turbo motor” to drop into the truck.
    This 318 will then get touched up and be installed into our ‘67 A-100 van.
    The goal is about 400whp with the current motor, then around 600 for the actual “turbo motor”.

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    I grabbed some decent alloy wheels and a pair of 295/50-15 Cooper Cobra tires.
    Ordered the turbo and mounted a steering wheel, with my homemade adapter.

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    • mpgmike

      mpgmike Well-Known Member

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      Truck or not, I'm always interested in a turbo project. You say "injector", is it TBI? I'm curious what you intend to do for spark retard & fuel enrichment under boost.
       
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      • Houseoffubar

        Houseoffubar Active Member

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        Yes, 88 was the first TBI. It was also one year only and quite small, so zero performance potential. I will do a blow through carburetor, at least initially.
        I intend for a digital wategate controller and perhaps an MSD that will allow ignition retard with boost, I will need to do more research on these two items before I settle on one however.
         
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      • 318willrun

        318willrun Utube channel 318willrun

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        Awesome! Doing the same thing myself with a '80 Dodge (my avatar). We almost went turbo 318 but decided to go 440 instead. And there are a lot of threads that aren't A-bodies, including my truck so no problem there. :)
         
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        • Houseoffubar

          Houseoffubar Active Member

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          Nice truck!
          Looking for info online, I kept finding the answers here, and everyone has been very knowledgeable and friendly. I’m glad everyone has been so welcoming!
          Yeah, 440 is hard to beat! I had thought about a big block swap, but with our old ‘67 A-100 van having a 318 as well, I like the idea of sharing and passing down parts.
           
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