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Old 04-10-2012, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DT466 Cummins Swap?

Okay, here is the deal. I have a 1994 Dodge Cummins Regular Cab Long Box, with NV4500. I got a buddy that has a DT466 engine at his house sitting in the shed. His old man was going to put it in his wife's 08 twin turbo powerstroke when it goes bad. Then it came into question. Is it possible to fit a DT466 into a Dodge Cummins? I've searched around on the web for this topic and seen many threads for the Powerstrokes but nothing for a Dodge Cummins. Is this even possible? Has it been done before? Transmission hooking up? Please inform me with what you guys know.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems like a downgrade. We had a delivery truck with a DT466E, purchased new and maintained religiously, and it was in the shop at least once per month with major mechanical problems. It swallowed a valve at 300,000 miles, we put a factory reman engine in it, and that one only lasted 200,000 miles. Bought a Kenworth with a common rail Cummins and never looked back.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Doesn't a DT weigh a bit more than a 5.9L.. I would worry about frontend issues.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was wondering if it would be a reasonable swap myself. There is at least one company that makes hotrod parts for them. I saw an article a couple of years ago that said that company was in the process of building a 3000 hp stock block dt 466. It made me wonder how much more torque one of those would have than a 5.9 with the extra displacement they have. I always got the impression they're really durable and reliable, and I don't think they're hard to find.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I mean its a 94, obviously a 12v. I love the truck and couldnt complain about anything..... (besides the cup holders) now comparing the engines idk much about the DT466 and what kind of aftermarket performance mods are avaible. ive seen some guys go crazy with the 5.9's. I was reading in a magazine a while back and a guy bored his 5.9 over to a 6.5L i beleive not sure though. And the crankshaft and connecting rods from a Cummins 6.7 dropped right in. I know how much power the 466's can provide. and putting it in a ram would be pretty sick
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Alot of red pulling tractors have DT 466's in them so power can be made...
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Definite weight difference. I know the Cummins 12v weighs around 1,100 lbs, but the DT466 weights over 1,400 lbs. Looking at an additional 300 lbs. Plus, know it is a good engine. But I wonder about the availability of performance parts and cost. Definitely would be an interesting swap!
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IDK about 3000hp on a stock block i have personally seen a lot of dt466s come apart with a lot of work and bracing before that. Not that they are a bad motor i love them and almost any farm stock through superstock i think will have a dt466 in it if its red. Anyways you can build a lot of power in a dt466 with a lot more reliability then a cummins due to the fact you wont be working it as hard for the same output. A good friend of mine is in the top 4 when he pulls his tractor consistently and has had over 300 hooks on with no problems. that seems pretty reliable to me especially at 80psi of boost and a set of 5x25 injectors. But as far as putting it in a Dodge it can be done with enough time and money.
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the engines weight load would be not much different than having a snow plow on the truck so it can handle the weight. Is the engine a mechanical or is it electronic? the mechanical engines are as reliable as a 12valve and have over 100ci on the cummins. I always wished they put the 466 in the super duty/heavy duty pickups instead of the powerstrokes. if that was the case, i would own a ford for sure.
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Is the engine a mechanical or is it electronic
yea it's mechanical,has inline pump, the dt466e is the electronic sounds like a swap that would be some fun
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I've driven a lot of stuff with DT466s in them and I would take my 12V any day of the week over one
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look on the diesel power magazine website search for a dt466 ford swap it was highlighted a few months ago in their magazine the guys got a mechanical in his you might get some info outa that article for your swap.
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