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Old 06-24-2010, 09:56 PM
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Default Can I drop a 350 or a 318 engine in my 2002, 1500 Ram?

My engine overheated and I have to drop an engine into my Dodge Ram 1500. I now have a 4.7 Magnum with 16 threads. When I called around today, I ended up with 3 choices.
1. Have the engine rebuilt
2. Drop a 2004 or 5 because I was told that those engines are better than what I have, or
3. Drop a Chevy or Ford engine which might be cheaper.
The cost of having my engine rebuilt or buying a 2004 or 5 are more money than I want to spend.
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Welcome to the forum, glad to have you here! Sorry to hear about your problem, and like DSPTYWCADET, I am not of much help on this one, either, but plenty of knowledgeable folks on here who can, so stay tuned and good luck! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the board!

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:10 PM
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The '04-05 are no better. The '08 is where the big change was made in the 4.7. I can't imagine dropping a Ford or Chevy engine will be cheaper considering you'll have to swap transmissions and have drive shaft work done at the very least.
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chev / ford section :
as Remerson228 had mentioned you will need drive shaft,transmission, and the mounts for the trans will be different for the chev/ford options and then you'll need the computer ( the brain ) then you'll have to get all new wiring under the hood for the motor and trans mission, then the motor mounts will be different and most likely in a different position EG: farther back twords the firewall or closer to the grill. and most likely more stuff then just what i had mentioned. for the chev/ford options.
Dodge section: as for a newer engine if going with a 4.7 same as what you have there is most likely some differences in the wiring and in the computer that would have to be addressed. ( not positive on this. if going over 2004 i be-leave thats the cut off date )
the best bet to keep cost relatively low id just have the engine rebuilt, or get one out a wrecking yard, and just pay the core on it ( by not giving them your old engine as the core. ), then save up the $$ and have the old engine rebuilt at a later date. ( provided you have a place to store that old engine, till a later date. if not then it be down to rebuilding the one you have.)

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Why in the world would someone cross breed a Ram . I checked my junk yard , they have (2) 2004's with 70,000 miles . Their $1600.00 a piece . They also have a 2005 (with egr valve) no price . I would have to call for a price .
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Hello and welcome to the form! Glad to have you aboard! I would say go with the 08 4.7l motor. Or better yet go with any of the 03-08 5.7l motors! They are actually more fuel efficient then the 4.7l and you have much more room for modding. Think of everything that breaks an oppertunity to make it better.

I have to agree with everyone with the Chevy/Ford motor. You will have to change the whole trucks system. YOu will have much more costs into that then getting a new Dodge motor. I guess looking at that going to a 5.7l Hemi you will have to make some moddifications as well. I guess stick with the 08 4.7l motor!
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