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Old 11-02-2001, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any of you folks know anything about the 1978 Dodge trucks that came with a 243 diesel? I believe it was made by mistubishi, but that is all I know

Are parts around? Is this any good? Is it worth my time to get it and experiment?

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Old 11-02-2001, 06:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I understand its a turd, and that it may or may not be tolerable with an aftermarket turbo. Basically a marketing failure, I'd avoid it.

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Old 11-02-2001, 06:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's cheap, I'd buy it....just because it would be the first one I've seen.
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Old 11-03-2001, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you want something unusual or a truck that gets decent mileage get it. but if you want something with decent power leave it. the stock 243 diesel only made 100 hp @3700rpm 163 lb torque @2200rpm which is less than any other engine Dodge has ever used. Adding a turbo would only quicken its demise since it has 22:1 compression. to run a turbo and have decent longetivity you need to keep the compression around 17 or 18 to 1.
IF it is a 3/4 ton it might be worth buying just for the parts.
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