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Old 01-09-2019, 12:24 PM
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Hi all, wanted to get some expert opinions from some folks on a diesel swap project. I have a 1970 Winnebago motorhome that sits on a Dodge D300 chassis. It currently has a weak and underpowered Dodge 318 under it that I want to swap for a solid diesel. Need the power and torque to tow a dinghy vehicle as well as to get up the mountains here in Colorado.

I was originally looking at the Dodge 12v cummins from '94 to early '98's, apparently they are a pretty clean drop in and pretty easy to modify for more power, but the transmission is the weak link in the whole setup, not to mention the cost or a high mileage cummins right now too. I was starting to look outside of the Dodge, specifically at maybe a Duramax and Allison transmission out of a wreck? I'm pretty handy with my own vehicle and my daily driver is an '02 Excursion with a 7.3, but I've never done an engine swap and have no idea what I'd be getting in to.

Thoughts? Suggestions on the above engines or other engines to consider? I know that with enough cash anything is possible but I'm looking for ease of install and durability. TIA!

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