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Old 09-02-2008, 09:30 PM
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I am looking for a Dodge truck to build into a road and track machine. I found a Dakota that fits my budget but has an extended cab. Will this look right? What are the disadvantages or advantages you could think of?

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What are the wheelbases? With the s10 frame swaps the extended cab frames need to be shortened.

Shane

Edit after rereading the original question I realized that the Dakota is going to be the vehicle not a frame donor

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I'm not sure what the wheel base is ,but it is the shortbed
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What year dodge dakota and what year dodge truck?

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the dakota is a 97. body is in great shape. has 318 motor. 200,000 miles on it, but i dont want the motor anyways. found it in the middle of nowhere while i was on a detour. $800. i just dont know if its going to look stupid on the drag strip with an extended cab. it would give me somewhere to put the NOS bottles.

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There was a factory performance version of the Dakota at one time.

There are plenty of parts available.

The body panels are simple to work on for a first time body and paint project.

Plenty has been done with these trucks by other people.

The extended cab will add weight, and will probably increase overall length.
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I would love fixing up a International Harvester Scout Terra truck to start which the frame is built to last and the engine last forever or if one wants to place a LS1 engine in it theirs plenty of room im talking about a 77 model truck and you don't see them much anymore so it wouldn't look out-dated with some custom wheels and so on it just might be the only one in town that gets around plus then theirs car/truck shows to go to.
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it would look like a sleeper. i am estimating about 200LB's more with the cab, but with 600 HP under the hood I dont think it will matter. THANKS for your comments.
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What motor are you planning on running? If you say you wanna ditch the 318, a 360 bolts right in its place. A 360 can be built to run some good numbers with 'J' heads, a bump in compression, flat tops, and some juice. You will want to look into a new transmission(if its an auto) or a stronger clutch if a 5 speed.

Beyond the motor, a 2wd Dak is a good truck for a build. The extended cab may weigh a bit more, but who cares. Drop the front spindles, tub the rear, toss some street slicks on there, bed cover with battery in back, and you should be good to go.

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I am looking at a 360 hemi that a freind of mine has. its about 400HP and the other 200 from juice. its a bit pricey though. i also have a 383 that i have been holding on to with 727 trans. not sure i want to use it on this project. i will do some research on the 360 with the "j" heads. its just some thing i want to play with. Thanks for your comments and ideas
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there isn't a 360 Hemi.. are you sure your friend is not pulling your leg?
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my bad. its a 5.7 liter pushing 360HP
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