The Dodge Van and Its Engines are Still Evolving
Back in the 1960s Dodge A-vans were the workman’s choice even though they were primitive by anyone’s standards. They were dinosaurs in terms of engine performance and amenities so the Dodge B-vans were introduced to increase cargo space, and engine performance. The A100, A200, and A300 were replaced by the B100, B200, and B300 after 1970. Regardless of the year, I should mention we sell a full line of Remanufactured Dodge Van Engines.
Back in those days the 198 and 225 cubic inch slant six engines as well as the 318 cubic inch V8 were located in the passenger’s compartment under a plastic cover. This design was great for repairs, but gradually Dodge began moving the engines forward especially when the 400 and the 440 cubic inch V8s were introduced, even though those big boys were only produced for a short period of time. The 225 stayed around and became standard, and the mighty 360 cubic inch V8 was an option when the engines got electronic ignitions in 1973.
By 1976 the B200 and B300 had two new optional engines the 400 and the 440, and a four speed manual transmission was finally offered to gas conscious van lovers. That option caught Ford and Chevy by surprise. Dodge vans became the van of choice for American van lovers all through the 1970s. When gas prices went into orbit in 1979 Dodge van sales dropped by a staggering 48% and new engine designs became the focus.
The 1980s Were The Formidable Years
In 1981 the Sportsman was replaced by the Ram Wagon, which had a 36 gallon tank, chrome mirrors, and a slant six with 95 horsepower at 3600 rpms; the 318 had 140 horsepower at the same revs, and the 360 four barrel hit 180 horsepower at 3600 rpms. In 1983 the 318 was dropped to 135 horsepower and a new four barrel 318 was added with 160 horsepower. In 1984 the Mini-Ram van was switched to a new minivan platform and a new 101 horsepower 2.2 litre engine with a 60 amp alternator, more gauges, and more chromework took over.
In 1988 the new 3.9 V6 was created by taking 2 cylinders off the 360 V8 and adding fuel injection. It replaced the old slant six with 125 horsepower and 195 ft-lbs of torque.
In 1992 Dodge started producing two base engines for modern times with sequential multiply-port fuel-injection and a fined tuned intake manifold. These “Magnum” V6 engines produced 180 hp and 225 ft-lbs of torque and 318 cubic inch V8 produced 235 hp and 285 ft-lbs of torque.
Dodge continues to boost the power of their engines while keeping fuel economy in mind. Our mission is to help find the Dodge engine that will enhance your personal needs and driving habits.