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My Engine in my 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Has went south.
Water In Oil.
Oil light flicker's at idle.
Still have plenty of power from the engine.
My question is?
I have a Fresh Rebuilt 318 (5.2) Engine out of a 1985 Dodge ram Pickup.
Can I transfer that engine over to the 1996?
Of course I know that I would have to transfer the throttle body and all Acc, over to the 85 engine.
Can anyone tell me if it will woirk?
Thank's :help:
 

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Thank you for the answer. I did not know if the Head's were the same or not.
I really want to change the Engine out! It has 282,000 on this Engine and I did not want to put a whole lot of money into it. having that many mile's on it.
Let me ask you this?
Whay can't I just drop the engine in the Truck and use the Carburator?
would that work?
 

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you bet it is worth rebuilding.
That is what I am gonna do. Get me a Master engine kit and go to it.
I just thought that seeing as how I already had this other engine if it was a simple swap just transfering a few item's I would use it.
Thank's for all the advise.
Now, Where can I get a Master Kit Reasonably?
Thank's
 

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Ok! Then the final answer is.
Will the 1985 318 engine work in the 1996 Truck?
From what I have gotten out of all the answer's.
NO!!!!
Should I rebuild the 5.2? Best Maybe!!
But I am still left with the Tranny which has the same mileage on it (282,000) Mile's
Now let me ask Y'all this?
I can get a Engine 360 (5.9) I belive and Tranny with 82,000 mile's for $800.00 will that be a Direct drop in? for my truck.
Would I need to change anything? Computer, wire's and such?
 

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Ok! I did a Dry Compression check on the 5.2 engine that is getting coolant into the oil. I did not find Not a single clean plug that is evident with a blown head gasket. here is the check
(1)120
(2)150
(3)120
(4)150
(5)130
(6)140
(7)130
(8)150
Next I am gonna pull the Throttle body off and see if that gasket is disrupted.
Anyone have any idea's of how the water (coolant) is getting into the oil?
I think that I will leave the engine in the truck and just rebuild the bottom end with a head job. :mad:
 

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Ok! Update on the compression. Look's like I did it wrong.
I checked it one plug at a time each time reinstalling the spark plug.
So I went out to the Dodge dealership and talked with the lead mechanic and I told him what I did and he said I did the Compression check wrong.
He told me to take all the plug's out and lay them aside. then redo the check and I did what he told me and Now I am getting 160 on all 8 cyl.
Look's like it may not be a Head gasket all plug's are smutty. (Black)
Next he told me to Drain the oil and fill the Rad. up with water and Pressurize it to 17 Pound's and Look for water coming from the Drain Plug, If so Blown Intake gasket. If no water coming from Drain plug Then spin the engine Look for water out the Spark plug hole's if so Then Blown Head gasket.
Does that sound about right?
 
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