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New ride #753875
November 05th 2019 8:04 pm
November 05th 2019 8:04 pm
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Kingsport, TN.
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2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty". It's got a couple of issues with the engine but runs . Got it for $1500. Anybody know anything about the 3.9 Magnum engine?

Previous owner said the head gasket blew and after the repair, the engine makes a rattle at part throttle on the interstate. Just tooling around town it's ok except for what sounds like crickets under the hood. Like a tensioner bearing.

Someone said it could be the torque converter but it's shifts fine and doesn't slip.

I pulled the doghouse off and can make the rattle with the van in neutral by reving the engine. Sounds like it's coming from the valve covers or that large aluminum cover on top of the motor. Sorry I know little about Magnum engines.

Here's a video:

https://youtu.be/fzBk91OG5Yw

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1998 Chevrolet 1500 Explorer
2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty"
1984 Dodge B150 Slant 6 225, four speed manual
2003 Subaru Baja
1968 Ford Fairlane 500
1977 MGB
1980 Fiat 124 Spider
1981 Trabant 601
1987 Yugo GV
1987 Citroen 2CV
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Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753881
November 05th 2019 11:31 pm
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Nice looking van. Kinda sounds like an exhaust leak I had on my old 91 3.9


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Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753888
November 06th 2019 7:47 am
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Nice Dodge, 3.9 was a fine motor early version was weak the later version was real peppy mother mopar should have punched and stroked it to 4.4...that would have cheesed off GM🤣


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Re: New ride [Re: Astrocreep66] #753890
November 06th 2019 9:05 am
November 06th 2019 9:05 am
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Kingsport, TN.
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Originally Posted by Astrocreep66
Nice Dodge, 3.9 was a fine motor early version was weak the later version was real peppy mother mopar should have punched and stroked it to 4.4...that would have cheesed off GM🤣


It doesn't have as much pep as my Chevy Express 350 Vortec engine , but does fine around town. Getting past 60 mph on the interstate is where it falls flat on its face though.

I'd love to stick a 5 speed from a Dokota truck in it. The transmission should be straight forward. I may have to fab a mount and have the driveshafts spliced and modify the shifter to clear the doghouse.

The pedal assembly is the hurdle. I can't seem to determine just from photos of pedal assemblies on eBay if one from a RAM truck would work. They all look different from the one on my van.

I'd like to know if a pedal assembly from a 93 and older D-series Dodge full size truck would work. Apparently from 94 up the RAM trucks are a new design.

The brake pedal bracket on my van just bolts to the firewall.






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1998 Chevrolet 1500 Explorer
2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty"
1984 Dodge B150 Slant 6 225, four speed manual
2003 Subaru Baja
1968 Ford Fairlane 500
1977 MGB
1980 Fiat 124 Spider
1981 Trabant 601
1987 Yugo GV
1987 Citroen 2CV
Re: New ride [Re: lukester] #753891
November 06th 2019 9:19 am
November 06th 2019 9:19 am
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Kingsport, TN.
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Originally Posted by lukester
Nice looking van. Kinda sounds like an exhaust leak I had on my old 91 3.9


I took it to a muffler shop. They can't find anything wrong with the exhaust.

Sounds like it's coming from the valve covers or top of the engine. Like the guy who replaced the head gasket left a socket in the engine.


1998 Chevrolet 1500 Explorer
2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty"
1984 Dodge B150 Slant 6 225, four speed manual
2003 Subaru Baja
1968 Ford Fairlane 500
1977 MGB
1980 Fiat 124 Spider
1981 Trabant 601
1987 Yugo GV
1987 Citroen 2CV
Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753898
November 06th 2019 2:11 pm
November 06th 2019 2:11 pm
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That noise sounds like it's a loose timing chain rattling against the cover or possibly a timing gear that's eating itself. It definitely sounds mechanical, not like exhaust. hard to tell for sure from the video though.

Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753902
November 06th 2019 7:02 pm
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Staunton, VA
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Sweet ride. Hope you get her sorted soon.


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Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753908
November 06th 2019 7:23 pm
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Pittsburgh,Pa USA
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Very nice and hope you find it!


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Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753911
November 06th 2019 8:38 pm
November 06th 2019 8:38 pm
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Kingsport, TN.
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I spent today giving my van a good polishing. I should have mulched some leaves but you know how it goes...

I thought about changing the wheels but I kind of like them.

Unless I come across some Shelby Slots. I have some 10" slots to go on the rear. I bought them for my 68 Ford Fairlane. I think they are the same bolt pattern.

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Last edited by Jseabolt; November 06th 2019 8:41 pm.

1998 Chevrolet 1500 Explorer
2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty"
1984 Dodge B150 Slant 6 225, four speed manual
2003 Subaru Baja
1968 Ford Fairlane 500
1977 MGB
1980 Fiat 124 Spider
1981 Trabant 601
1987 Yugo GV
1987 Citroen 2CV
Re: New ride [Re: Jseabolt] #753973
November 08th 2019 11:10 pm
November 08th 2019 11:10 pm
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Kingsport, TN.
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Despite some issues to sort out on my van, I think I'm gonna luv it. The only thing that would make it even better was if I could stick a 5 speed from a Dakota pickup in it.

I've been driving my van around just to see if I can figure this out. So far I've put about 100 miles on it since I got it. 60 miles coming home and 40 around town. I put 25 miles on it today.

I think the reason the noise was worse coming home was the PO didn't have one of the latches secured on the doghouse which was allowing more noise to enter the cabin.

Best way I can describe this noise is it sounds like a diesel engine at part throttle. Despite the muffler shop looking at it, I'm kind of wondering if this could still be an exhaust leak. One day my Fiat 124 turbo Spider started making what sounded like detonation after topping off the fuel tank. Being a custom turbo system, I've always got my ears tuned to engine noises. I thought I had purchased some low octane fuel. Turns out just some of the nuts on the turbo and exhaust system had loosened at the same time I topped off the fuel tank. What a coincidence!

So far today in 25 miles and several stops, the van has not stalled on me. Yeah that was another issue. This happened as I was leaving the guy's house! He said just turn the key off and it will restart. Now you tell me. If this had happened before I handed him the money, I probably wouldn't have bought it. Then it happened again after leaving my parent's house. And a couple of times at the foot of my driveway.

There seems to be a pattern going on.

1) Engine warm
2) Start 30 minutes later
3) Move about 500 feet
4) Loose power then stalls
5) hit the switch and it restarts

It also starts popping like it's running lean before it stalls.

It has never stalled after a cold start and just driven. It's only seems to happen after restarting the engine after it's sat for awhile.

It's almost like this thing has a carburetor and it's vapor locking or heat soaking. I was hoping it could just old fuel.

The guy said the van had been parked for about a year. It had 2 gallons of gas in it . The low fuel light kicked on. Luckily I made it to a gas station. I put premium in it and drove it 60 miles home. It had stalled a few times after that. I added some of that Sta-bil marine ethanol treatment in the tank and added about 5 gallons on top of that. I'm not sure if that stuff really works or not to be honest.

99% of the time when I have a problem, it never seems to be the fuel. I did have water condense in the fuel tank of my riding mower a few years ago and blinded the fuel filter where gas couldn't pass through it but that's about it.


1998 Chevrolet 1500 Explorer
2001 Dodge B1500 "shorty"
1984 Dodge B150 Slant 6 225, four speed manual
2003 Subaru Baja
1968 Ford Fairlane 500
1977 MGB
1980 Fiat 124 Spider
1981 Trabant 601
1987 Yugo GV
1987 Citroen 2CV
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