Monday, May 4, 2015

5k: 'Merican Iron In A Japanese Dodge: 1986 Dodge Conquest TSI V8 Swap

The Dodge Conquest was a badge engineered version of the Mitsubishi Starion and part of the Japanese onslaught of turbocharged and fuel injected pony cars that ended when things got out of hand in the late 1990s.  Originally powered by a 2.6 liter inline-4, this one is now a fuel burning V8 powered Mustang hunter.  Find this 1986 Dodge Conquest TSI V8 Swap offered for $4,500 in Alliance, OH.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Where else will you find such sweet modified vehicles than in a place that is nicknamed "the car nation city."  Wait..what?  It is the Carnation city?  Like the flower?  Shucks.  Time to change gears, need a distraction... What in the blazes is that pasta pot sized proboscis sticking out of the hood like a turret on a T1 Cunningham.

Oh, it's the air cleaner from the 351 cubic inch (5.7 liter) Ford V8 that lurks under what is left of the hood.  Power is not provided, but with the amount of bolt on parts showing, it should be good for something in the 350 horsepower range without too much work.  

A glance inside confirms the use of a 5-speed manual gearbox, which is good because a Conquest will make a better apex hunter than a drag car.  

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  1. Wow, you would think that there MUST be a better solution for the intake. If nothing else, one of those reverse hood scoops (cowl induction):


    Otherwise, if this swap was well executed (the proof is in the driving) this could be a lot of fun for under $5K.

    1. Oh, as far as that Mustang goes, most 351W swaps end up with a much taller bulge on the hood than that.

      Got one.

  2. The 351W is an inch-plus taller than the 302, and this guy used a pretty tall intake and a really tall air filter.

    Not that it matters 'cause you'd never smog a carb 351W in that car in California, but I'm thinking an LS3 would have been a notably better fit.

  3. Engine swaps should all begin with a tape-measure.
    But even my mk1 eyeball estimates that you could use a low profile intake manifold and aircleaner to get that thing below the hood line.

  4. That's a good deal, the car looks clean enough and I think you could take the oldschool motor out and sell it for just about the $$ youd need to swap in a junkyard sourced LS1T56 from a truck with a few Camaro parts to make the swap even more fun and ready for a trackday at Watkins Glen.


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