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Stuffing a Cummins into a 94 Ram 250B Van
So just as the title reads, I am starting to research the process and everything that is needed to properly swap a Cummins into a 94 Ram 250B Van.
To start I am just looking for advice from some who know far more then me about what route I should go. I am currently debating between a 4bt or a 5.9 12 valve.
A little background on what the van is for and why we're doing this swap. We own a fencing company and use it as a work van daily. It carries a few 100 lbs. of tools and occasionally we load up materials inside of it. However, we also pull a small utility trailer and sometimes a dual axle flatbed trailer with up to 6,000 lbs. on it. Usually travel between 50 to 100 miles daily.
The van has a 318 and I'm having a hard time finding what transmission (47re or 46rh, etc.) it has in there..either way the trans is shot and will likely become a core for a new unit. The rear end is in good shape so might save it if it will hold the torque of a Cummins.
What I intend to do is basically hack out all the 94 control systems and stub in a rebuilt Cummins motor w/trans and ecm to run the whole shebang..also want to have working AC as it is always hot here in NWFL!
My personal thoughts are I want to go with the 4bt due to size concerns within the engine bay of the van and also we don't need big power numbers but just a solid powerplant that can cruise at 65-70 on the interstate and isn't a complete pig from a dead stop. I have an 06' 2500 Ram modded up for all the fun stuff and very heavy towing so as long as the 4bt can meet our needs that is the route I would like to go.
So with all that said I am sure some of you folks have a lot of experience with both a 4bt and a 5.9 12 valve..what would really be the best option for what I have described above?
As a side note I have I have snooped around in the 4btswaps.com forum, created a user profile and such, but it is not letting me post over there yet for some reason. I have been a member here for a few years so figured I would give it a shot and see what some of you all think!
Thanks in advance for taking time to read my ramblings and thank you for any responses.
2006 Ram 2500 QCSB 4X2 SLT, G56, BBI Stage 1's, 62/65 Tater Built HE351, FASS 150, EFI Live by Gordon, Valair dual disc organic