Turbodiesel Swap: Cummins Powered 1974 Dodge D-Series 4X4
This 1974 Dodge Adventurer Sport 4×4 pick-up is fresh from a recent body-off restoration which included installation of a 1992 Cummins turbodiesel and matching automatic trans. These third generation D-series are among our favorite old American trucks, and this one looks great with high trim level two tone, a reasonable lift and matching white steelies with 33” tires. Find it here on Craigslist in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina for $8,800. Special thanks to BaT reader Matt H. for this submission!
Said to have started from a corrosion-free donor, restoration included additional body rust-proofing, though specifics aren’t given. Cream yellow over white is likely the original color combination, and overall the truck looks quite straight and clean. A closeup of the left side rear fender shows some faded beltline trim, but nothing that most would consider bothersome on a nice old workhorse like this. Many prefer shortbeds for their proportions, but those additional
15 inches or so make a huge difference when it comes to cargo flexibility.
The truck’s original drivetrain isn’t mentioned, but an upmarket trim level strongly points to a 383. The Cummins turbodiesel fitted now should be good for an equally healthy spread of torque, and even with 120k miles use it should have plenty of life left with minimal maintenance—the seller says it runs great. The interior isn’t shown, but no A/C might not be ideal if it remains in the South. A Dana 60 front axle shares a 3.54:1 final drive ratio with the rear, and suspension is via 1992 Dodge truck leaf springs.
We think it’d make a great tow rig, or even a light duty home improvement store/parts hauler. A 5-speed and air would make it even better, but at this price the seller probably isn’t even covering resto expenses.Source: bringatrailer.com