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1991 Dakota frame and motor
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:46:25 AM »
I'm just getting into rat rods and have some questions. I am trading some work for a 1991 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9l non-magnum engine. Thought this could possibly make a good start to a project. Generally my mechanical knowledge is fairly limited.

Would this frame work for a build? My wants for a body are an old vw, either a type 1 beetle or type 3 square back.

Are there performance mods and parts available for the 3.9? As the truck sits it doesn't run because of a bad ECM. Could this be bypassed and made a non computer engine?

Any help and suggested reading would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Andrew

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Re: 1991 Dakota frame and motor
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2015, 06:04:33 PM »
I put my bug on a ranger frame. Measure from Hub to Hub on the front end then compare the Dakota to the bug.My width was fine. I think a Dakota is wider but unsure. Stretched the body 27 " in front and 18 " in the rear to accomadate the factory length I also used the factory computer set up from the ranger til I upgraded the motor
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