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Technical Info: 2nd Gen 12 VALVE DRIVETRAIN Technical discussion of second generation (1994 - 1998) 12-valve engine and drivetrain questions, solutions and upgrades.
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Old 04-21-2013
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I had a thread going some time ago that was looking into the options for having a 12v engine, quad cab, 4x4, manual trans and a short bed. About only option was the early 98 model. I just recently noticed that the 2500 Ram with the V8 magnum has everything but the 12v cummins. I am guessing that the drivetrain for that V8 magnum is not the same as the 12v cummins. Can anyone confirm or deny that. Does anyone know if the frame is even the same as the 2500 with a diesel engine? Where would one get the 4 cylinder cummins engine, and in your opinion would it be a good match for slipping into the V8 magnum engine compartment? Thought it interesting that one 1998 model 2500 Ram with the V8 magnum and quad cab did not have the two rear doors, so Dodge must have done some things different with the V8 magnum model than with the cummins model. Thanks JH
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Old 04-22-2013
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"Thought it interesting that one 1998 model 2500 Ram with the V8 magnum and quad cab did not have the two rear doors"

Huh? By definition, it has the two rear doors if it's a quad cab. If it has the rear seat but no rear doors then it's an extended cab. Diesels and gas burners were available in either configuration in '98 or later, nothing unusual there.
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Pretty sure the 3/4 ton gas and diesel used the same frame.

The running gear for the V8 was different but the running gear for the V10 is the same as the diesel.

Dropping in a 4BT won't be a problem for a 3/4 ton as most of the gas to diesel conversions using the 4BT were/are done on the 1/2 ton trucks.

I would start looking for a 4BT on e-bay. There are a lot of them there.
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Think I remember reading on this site, that a lot of the potato chip delivery trucks (or the like) used the 4BT Cummins.
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