[Vwdiesel] Diesel conversions

pmdolan at sasktel.net pmdolan at sasktel.net
Thu Mar 1 23:03:43 EST 2007

I would be really interested to know if the 300 series Power Wagon (1 ton) ever came with the Perkins.  That would be quite a find.  If the 354 was in a 500/600, it should have an SAE bellhousing, which means any of the later transmissions with that pattern (SAE#1, SAE#2 or SAE#3) will bolt right up, including later Eaton/Fuller gearboxes.  Another option for trannies is the Japanese medium duties, that tend to have SAE2 or 3 patterns (most Class 8 over here is #1).  However, in a light truck, there is seldom if ever room for an SAE bellhousing in the tunnel (but raising the body over the frame CAN make them fit).

----- Original Message -----
From: Justin and Michella Bennett <cjb at midrivers.com>
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007 12:17 pm
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Diesel conversions

> 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.htmlCouldn'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.
> Justin
> >
> > 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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