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surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 8:51 a.m.

Recently had the opportunity to pick up this straight body overall clean 1990 D150 for $250. Came with a title and a 3.9 v6 and a 5 speed.  Was running until an electrical issue caused it to be parked about a year ago. Originally wanting a cheap challenge truck i hopped on it with plans to LS swap the world as always. But then the stars aligned and something perfect popped up....


A 1996 mustang v6 with a quite unique swap. A gen 3 Hemi 5.7 out of a 2013 challenger with a TR6060 6-speed. All controlled by a holley terminator-x and paired with a nitrous outlet 2 stage progressive kit. I purchased this car for $4500. A deal to me as i had been tossing the idea of putting a newer gen 3 hemi in it if i could find a deal on the drivetrain. However the drivetrain with the TR6060 was anywhere between 4-6k by itself. 

So i think everyone at this point gets the idea for whats planned. In a nutshell, pull the drivetrain our of the mustang and plop it into the D150. I will most likely be using some motor and trans swap mounts that holley conveniently started offering earlier this year for this exact swap.  Before i yank the drivetrain though i am dying to know what the mustang will do in the quarter mile. The base challenger R/T isn't all that impressive, probably due to the car weighing as much as a Tank. but the sn95 is substantially lighter. For those wondering stock specs are 375hp/410tq.  

Also, for anyone interested in a 3.9 v6 from this truck and/or the 5 speed NP535/A535 feel free to let me know as both are for sale. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/17/20 9:51 a.m.

Hahaha berkeley yes to everything above!!!

JeremyJ Reader
12/17/20 9:55 a.m.

This will be epic. I want to Hemi swap my Dakota in the future, so I'll be watching this. 

mr2s2000elise UltraDork
12/17/20 10:02 a.m.

Definitely Epic!


More pics of the raptor please

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 10:20 a.m.

Thanks Everyone! Excited to get to work! 

mr2s2000elise said:

Definitely Epic!


More pics of the raptor please

you can see the raptor Here in this thread. 

Cooter UberDork
12/17/20 10:27 a.m.

That's a great price for a SWB 1st gen.   Prices are starting to spike on the shortbeds.

Coder New Reader
12/17/20 10:51 a.m.

Where the hell are these deals when I'm looking!   Nice score, man.  My D-150 was $800 and doesn't have a straigt panel on it!  I'm a little bit angry lol.  I'm going to be watching this.

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 11:16 a.m.

I figured it had to be a good deal. i like C10's and F100's but dont really know the market on these. But in my mind a complete clean title truck for 250 couldnt be a bad deal lol.

I got it cheap because the previous owner brought it to my buddies shop and eventually said i dont want to fix it. he told me buddy "get what you can for it" so he messaged me and asked me what i wanted to pay. Being the cheap person i am i said 250 and he said yes lol.

chandler UltimaDork
12/17/20 12:05 p.m.

Dodges haven't gone up yet beyond the special edition stuff. It's going to soon in my opinion so that's an astoundingly good deal. I like the LS swap as well, we went and looked at a 350 swapped one two weeks ago for $1k.

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
12/17/20 12:32 p.m.

$250 for a clean short box truck of any make? You're lucky to buy a good door for that! Super deal! 

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/17/20 12:33 p.m.

As a mopar guy, i approve! Never cared mych for my 85 1 ton ram when i had it, but miss it in hindsight. 

psteav (Forum Supporter)
psteav (Forum Supporter) Dork
12/17/20 1:01 p.m.

Oooh.  That's Hawt.  I kinda hate you for buying that truck for $250...but all is definitely forgiven considering your plans for it


Cooter UberDork
12/17/20 2:07 p.m.
chandler said:

Dodges haven't gone up yet beyond the special edition stuff. It's going to soon in my opinion so that's an astoundingly good deal. I like the LS swap as well, we went and looked at a 350 swapped one two weeks ago for $1k.

SWB D series are most certainly on the rise.   As are the Ramchargers.   Especially the 2wd ones.   I have been checking prices all over the country for over 10 years now as I buy and sell, and in just the last year, Sweptlines, Ramchargers, and '72-93 Dodge trucks have all gone up.  Parts have doubled and even tripled, depending on what you are looking for.    I am selling the NOS and new takeoff '91-3 chromed plastic grill for $1K-1500, and I sell a little below market. Argent color painted takeoffs are going for $500 and up, and people aren't blinkig on $200+ shipping prices.   The aluminum grilles from the '70s are going for $400 in decent used shape.  The could be found for $150-200 easily just a year or two before.

My D200 crew cab truck has gone up a couple grand in value in the last two years, while the shortbed D100 I drove back from California for $1400 can't be found for lss than $3K out there anymore.   And it likely will be a roller at that price.    That said deals can be found, but you had better snap them up quickly, as they are usually gone in less than a day.


surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 2:24 p.m.

In reply to Cooter :

so you buy and sell ay? this is good to know because eventually id like to replace the dash thats cracked in this d150 lol. as far as i know thats really the only issue. im sure ill find more but im in no way trying to make this a show truck. lol

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 8:08 p.m.


Here is a closer look at the truck. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
12/17/20 8:24 p.m.

Is this still a $2k Challenge build?

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/17/20 9:28 p.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

No. That went out the window when i got the mustang lol. If i did an ls swap it could be. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
12/17/20 10:06 p.m.

I didn't think you'd be able to work enough budget magic to possibly get back down under $2k so this tracks.

What you could do is put the homeless 3.9 and manual trans in the Mustang and go Challenge with that.  Should do, uh, something.

Chappers Reader
12/18/20 7:41 a.m.

Nice scores on both vehicles! 
2013 Hemi, does it still have the MDS system or has that been bypassed already? 
It's great that it's controlled by a stand-alone system, as the Chrysler EMS sucks being a CAN bus system. 

I put a 2005 Hemi 5.7 into a 1955 International Harvester, but I cheated and did the entire frame swap.

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/18/20 7:50 a.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Idk, that 3.9 is absolutely pathetic. I wouldnt waste my time. Lol

surfshibby07 HalfDork
12/18/20 7:51 a.m.

In reply to Chappers :

Im going to assume its been bypassed through the holley. I could be wrong but i havent messed with it much yet. It has a collapsed lifter im going to fix first. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/18/20 7:57 a.m.

Hemi Mustang sounds so wrong, and so right.

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
12/18/20 8:43 a.m.
surfshibby07 said:

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Idk, that 3.9 is absolutely pathetic. I wouldnt waste my time. Lol

Truth. The civil engineering company I worked for in college had some Dakotas with the 3.9. They were almost dangerously slow with a load of surveying gear in them. And this was by the standards of 30 years ago.

Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter)
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/18/20 9:22 a.m.

Love this will be watching. 

Mazdax605 PowerDork
12/18/20 11:08 a.m.

My first ever truck was an 88 D-150 with the 3.9 litre V6, and a 5-speed. It was bare bones stripped, but had some aftermarket alloys, a body lift, and arrest me red paint. I loved that truck!! I later in life has a 92 D-250 Cummins club cab 5-speed as well. That was a much better truck, but I loved the short bed regular cab.

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