[Vwdiesel] Diesel conversions

Justin and Michella Bennett cjb at midrivers.com
Thu Mar 1 13:17:26 EST 2007

Wasn't the Perkins support I was worried about.  It was the English mfg. 
Eaton.  Eaton no longer supported the model of tranny that was in the 
truck.  Perkins dealer was more then happy to sell me parts and service 
for the 354.  The Perkins dealer was willing to do a courtesy 
prepurchase inspection on the engine.  I guess not technically a pickup 
but the Perkins 354 was an option in the PD 500/600 series and maybe the 
W series in the mid '60s.  http://www.sweptline.com/hist/bigtrucks.html
Couldn't find I but thought I had saw on the web a 4x4 powerwagon of the 
mid 60s vintage that had the Perkins.  Might have been the PW 300 on the 
above site.

> First of all, Perkins is alive and well, and has a presence in the US market.  I was at the World of Concrete last month and spoke at great length with the people on their stand.  Sorry I don't have their contact information handy (not home), but a quick search should turn them up.  I think you will find the 6-354 a lot easier to support than you fear.
> Secondly, there were never any Perkins engines in Dodge pickups.  The time was in the '70s (specifically '77 - '79 I believe) and the engine used was a 4.0 litre Mitsubishi 6 cyl.  

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