The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:23 am

Hello everyone, I've made either a great decision or a terrible mistake lol I bought the truck.... Looking forward to continuing this thread! I will be updating with more info but here's a few pics for now. We will see this thing looking amazing once again just some time and elbow grease!
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by LethalEthan » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:56 am

Welcome! Its awesome that we get to see this build continued here. Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:52 pm

Not much progress... few steps backwards depressingly.. As you can see the wiring is a mess. Looks to be missing the mpi relay.. Someone may have tried to force the fuel pump with this switch?? I dont know... it’s overwhelming to say the least. Front left bag is leaking, not sure why.. A few wins.. Solid compression in all 4. Looks like the DSMlink is still in there! I found two brand New (what I believe to be) front bags behind the seats! The car drew the first blood last night as well. Took the glove box to the side of my face pretty good lol Probably gonna have a black eye. Just trying to stay positive. I have full trust in my mechanic and I’m getting help from a true OG. Wish me luck!
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:11 pm

Boy has it been a quick 11 days.. We have got a lot done on the truck in the short time we've had it. I've added some pics and stuff if you're interested! I actually received some help from the guy that originally built the truck all those years ago! He is super friendly and even more helpful! I could not have brought the truck to this point with out him and especially my mechanic and friend Kevin over at A and P Auto in Leominster Ma.. Should have the plates by the end of next week. She will be on the road soon enough!
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by 4g63mightymax » Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:24 am

Looks awesome! And keep those updates coming! I see the throttle body is off - it's worth noting that I customized the inside of that which made it unnecessary to hook up the two water lines to it. It will start and idle on cold and hot days (unlike most). I would highly recommend you do not take the 4-5 phillips screws out of the bottom of it. Because once the magic is out, you may not get it back in. It took me 10000 tries to get it perfected.
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:02 pm

Thanks for the heads up! And Will do! Haven’t messed with any of that yet luckily!

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:35 am

Truck is registered and on the road! I’ve put about 200 miles daily driving and testing the truck out. Found some need nows and need soons and need laters lol Few need nows are tubs in the engine bay, brighter headlights, and there is a high idle issue. Seems to be A throttle cable issue caused by a sticky or twisted or under tension from the side Set up. We believe it to be a bracket off the throttle body that’s putting tension at a weird angle on the cable directly next to where it attaches to the throttle body itself. Gonna cut that off and reposition it. One of the couplings running directly into the intake was way too short so I have one on order for that. In the pictures you cane see the 650cc injectors from “fuel injector clinic”. The spacers and top o rings had gone so I ordered a set of the correct set of seals and spacers and that helped a ton! As you can see the exhaust is terrible and really can’t wait to fix that lol. Replaced the tie rods. The left tie rods seemed To be kind of a cheap part and accidentally got one too many “Ugga Duggas” lol oops. New wheel bearings, fuel pump, fuel filter and re ran and shortened a lot of fuel lines while replacing most of, if not all of the lines. Ran new brake lines to the rear because they were leaking. (Brakes feel great now!) Did a huge amount of shortening various hoses and wires and Cleaning them up and tucking them in more safe and secure locations. New tail lights and license plate lights. Everything in the interior works and looks great. The bag system is doing good. Taking this cold weather like a champ! Seems to be making around 8-9 pounds of boost in a Pretty conservative third gear pull. Going to download the software and hook up a laptop to the dsm link soon and see what’s up with that. I’ll post some more and better pictures soon!
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by 4g63mightymax » Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:19 am

This is an awesome update! Thanks for posting all of this. I love seeing it come together. What did you end up doing for a fan controller? Did you end up getting one of the adjustable ones that sticks in the radiator?
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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:14 pm

Yeah of course! So we just wired the fans back to a constant. These fans were too small and I'm gonna get a larger one or two. So at the moment they are always on.. That goes under the "needs soon" file lol Definitely need to get and LED conversion kit. The headlights are not very bright lol

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by 300D50 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:02 pm

I would recommend GE NightHawk 69822 LED units, but they seem to have spiked to "Oh my wallet!" pricing in the last year.

Went through at least 3 styles before getting the NightHawks, and they are hands-down the best for pattern and output of the ones I've used.

Bite the bullet and get quality LED headlights, not the cheaper ones.

It's awesome to see the Turkey Truck alive and kicking!

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Post by 4g63mightymax » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:32 pm

lol @ Turkey truck!
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Post by 300D50 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:40 pm

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The turkey never forgets... :mrgreen:

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:55 pm

300D50 wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:02 pm
I would recommend GE NightHawk 69822 LED units, but they seem to have spiked to "Oh my wallet!" pricing in the last year.

Went through at least 3 styles before getting the NightHawks, and they are hands-down the best for pattern and output of the ones I've used.

Bite the bullet and get quality LED headlights, not the cheaper ones.

It's awesome to see the Turkey Truck alive and kicking!
Awesome I really appreciate the tip! I think I will probably get the same ones. Shes really coming together now. 200 plus miles on it in the past couple days. Having a bit of an idle surge issue, as well as a sticky throttle cable. Im actually daily driving it until the snow comes lol which is about an hour.... smh

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:56 pm

Also speaking of turkey truck nick name. I was talking with my girlfriend and she's been calling the truck "Bullet"... I thought that was pretty cool lol

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Re: The 1989 Dodge Ram D50 4G63 Turbo Engine Swap.

Post by WhatDidIDo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:53 pm

SO.... The tie rods I installed on the truck not too long ago were junk. Just cheap and I will not be skimping out on parts again... Coming off the highway I heard something pop. SOME HOW the wheel just followed the other wheel as if nothing was wrong. I started hearing a scraping sound so I quickly turned into a gas station to take a peak. This is what I see to my amazement. Oh and the wheel turned past full lock the moment I came to rest in the parking spot... The mini-truck gods were surely on my side that day... lol
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