Wow!

Has it really been three years since we began the work on our '87 Dodge D150? Looking at the timeslip from July of 1996 set our memories in motion.

Now, 35 months later, the owner of our D150 is grinning from ear to ear. Tom Rounds not only has one awesome looking Dodge sport truck, but the lofty goals set have been attained: 1) Build a D150 Ram truck that embraced the earlier Ram truck styling. 2) Maintain the Slant Six reliability and efficiency. 3) Run like a V-8.

Our first goal was only difficult from a research standpoint. With help from Tom and Tech Editor Brad Ocock, not to mention hours of telephone calls, we were pleasantly surprised at the long list of vendors willing to assist with the project who also offered parts specific to D150s. Items like the bench seat from Sewfine and rollpan from Sir Michael's were great finds for anyone seeking to modify their pre-'94 Dodge Ram truck. Goal one was attained and we provide that long list of sources as proof at the end of this article.

Secondly, Tom still wanted a truck. We doubt he'll ever get a load of gravel in it, but the suspension combination from Chisholm coupled with the stylish Atlas 360 American Racing Wheels offers the use factor of the truck without sacrificing an iota of eye appeal.

Additionally, the truck remained reliable and efficient thanks to a great engine combination. Our "Slant Six Power Package" was documented in the April '99 issue with the complete drivetrain installation documented in the July '99 issue. Our meager six cylinder was transformed to a Leaning Tower of Power, yet Tom, to this day, still easily squeaks out 15 mpg around town, which is a full 1 mpg better than it was prior to modification. On the highway, the truck easily gets 18 mpg.

But man doesn't get all giddy from fuel efficiency. The chassis dyno at Vinci Hi-Performance proved we had big gains--a full 85hp and 83 lb-ft of torque as compared to a stock Slant Six. But dyno numbers are dyno numbers. The real test was at the track. The trip back down the return road at DeSoto proved that goal number three was accomplished. Back in July of 1996, the best the D150 could muster was a low 20-second e.t.--20.62 at 64.59 mph to be exact. Now, we had a full 3.26-second improvement to a 17.36 at 77.88 mph.

That is right in line with V-8 Magnum 5.2L (318ci) performance. A quick look at road tests from current performance magazines showed that our effort was right in line with a Motor Trend road test (August '98 issue) of a '98 318 Magnum-powered Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport--17.00 at 79.5 mph.

While we ran head-long into several obstacles, Tom's efforts in coordinating the project here at the Mopar Muscle offices in Florida show that we have come a long way. Now, it's your turn to make your D150 the kind of sport truck you've known it could be all along. But don't let anybody tell you that a '91-'93 grille bolts right into the '90-and-earlier Rams. We found out for ourselves!

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11630 Airport Rd.
#300
Everett
WA  98204
800-347-1188
425-347-1188
www.ring-pinion.com
TMEC
2202 Hwy. 92 E.
Lakeland
FL  33801
863-665-9297
Auto Custom Carpets
PO Box 1350
Anniston
AL  36202
800-633-2358
www.accmats.com
International Chrome
36851 Blanton Rd.
Dade City
FL  33523
352-567-9241
Hardin's Musclecar World
20th & Poplar
Lexington
MD  64067
660-259-4886
660-259-4887
Optima Battery Inc.
17500 E. 22nd Ave.
Aurora
CO  80011
303-340-7440
www.optimabatteries.com
Crutchfield
1 Crutchfield Park
Charlottesville
Vi  22911
N/A
N/A
www.crutchfield.com
Best's Lakeland Hose Service
110 John Carroll Rd E.
Lakeland
FL  33801
863-666-1353
Auto Meter Products, Inc.
413 Elm St.
Sycamore
IL  60178
815-895-8141
www.autometer.com/
Random Technology
7-70/-554-4242
randomtechnology.com
K&N Engineering
1455 Citrus Ave.
Riverside
CA  92502
800-858-3333
www.knfilters.com
Vintage Air
10305 I.H. 35 North
San Antonio
TX  78233
800-862-6658
AAR Fiberglass Reproductions
4800 Pine St.
Cocoa
FL  32926
321-638-0961
The Eastwood Company
263 Shoemaker Rd.
Pottstown
PA  19464
800-345-1178
www.eastwoodcompany.com
Rhino Linings of Orlando
630 N. Fairvilla Rd.
Orlando
FL  32808
407-294-1117
Gibson Performance Exhaust
3780 Prospect Ave.
Yorba Linda
CA  92686
714-528-3044
www.gibsonperformance.com
Chisholm Enterprises
10051 Greenleaf Ave.
Santa Fe Springs
CA  90670
Mar-K
6625 West Wilshire Blvd.
Oklahoma City
OK  73132
405-721-7945
LPW Racing Products, Inc.
632 E. Marion St.
Lancaster
PA  17602
717-394-7432
Flex-A-Lite
8-00/-851-1610
www.flex-a-lite.com
MSD Ignition/Autotronic Controls Corp.
1490 Henry Brennan Dr.
El Paso
TX  79936-6805
915-857-5200
www.msdignition.com
POR-15/Restomotive Laboratories
P.O. Box 1235
Morristown
NJ  07962-1235
800-457-6715
A & A Transmission
9699 W. County Line Road
Camby
IN  46113
317-831-3066
Federal-Mogul Corp.
P.O. Box 1966
Detroit
MI  48235
810-354-7700
www.federal-mogul.com
Mopar Performance
Mopar.com
American Racing Wheels
19067 Reyes Ave. S.
Rancho Dominguez
CA  90221
310-635-7806
BFGoodrich Tires
877-788-8899
www.bfgoodrichtires.com
Stage 8 Locking Fasteners
15 Chestnut Ave.
San Rafael
CA  94901
800-843-7836
www.stage8.com
Crane Cams
530 Fentress Blvd.
Daytona Beach
FL  32114
3-86/-252-1151
N/A
www.cranecams.com
Vinci Hi-Performance
3915 El Rey Road
Orlando
FL  32808
407-292-4500
Grant Products
700 Allen Avenue
Glendale
CA  91201
213-849-3171
800-952-6947
PPG Industries Inc.
19699 Progress Dr.
Strongsville
OH  44136
440-572-2800
Perma-Cool
671 E. Edna Place
Covina
CA  91723
626-967-2777
www.perma-cool.com
Performance Suspension Technology (PST)
Box 396
Montville
NJ  07045
N/A
www.p-s-t.com/
Holley Performance Products
1801 Russellville Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
KY  42101
270-782-2900
www.holley.com
Sir Michael's
15442 Chemical Lane
Huntington Beach
CA  92649
714-379-6800
C.A.R.S. Inc.
1025 E. Oleander St.
Lakeland
FL  33801
863-688-5577
Milodon Inc.
20716 Plummer St.
Chatsworth
CA  91311
818-407-1211
JE Pistons Transgo Performance
626-443-4953
www.transgoperformance.com
Pioneer Auto Restoration
122 S. 8th Ave.
Wauchula
FL  33873
941-773-9152
Rods & Restos
Wauchula
FL
A.R.E.
PO Box 802
Massilon
OH  44648
330-830-4510
Sewfine
5119 S. Windermere
Littleton
CO  80120
303-347-0212
Slant 6 Club of America
P.O. Box 4414
Salem
OR  97302
503-581-2230
Hooker Industries
1024 W. Brooks St.
Ontario
CA  91762
909-983-5871
Thompson's Auto Body
5546 Lily Ct.
Lakeland
FL  33811
863-646-3915
Be Cool
Essexville
MI
800-691-2667
becool.com
Rhino Linings USA Inc.
9151 Rehco Rd.
San Diego
CA  92121
619-450-0441
www.rhinolinings.com
Techflex, Inc.
29 Brookfield Drive
P.O. Box 119
Sparta
NJ  07871
973-729-6253
www.techflex.com
Sherman & Associates
61166 Van Dyke Rd.
Washington
MI  48094
810-677-6800
810-677-6801
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