The truck is a 1999 Dodge Dakota club cab 4X4 with a V6 gas engine and automatic transmission.
The engine is a 2000 Isuzu 4HF1 normally aspirated 4L out of a NKR 3 ton truck. The NKR was never imported into North America except for a few “demonstration” vehicles, it is a smaller version of the popular Isuzu NPR which uses basically the same engine only with a turbo.
Pictures above show the old engine in the truck and the new Isuzu ready to go in.
Pictures above show the Dakota engine bay ready to receive the new diesel and the engine sitting in place.
This Dakota conversion required the following modifications:
- Installed 14 bolt rear dually axle
- Rear air ride suspension with onboard compressor
- Custom driveshaft
- Adapted an NV4500 5 speed standard transmission to a vehicle that was originally an automatic
- Re-bent shifter to clear dash
- Removed the fuel pump from the gas tank and installed a pickup tube
- Fabricated new engine mounts
- New radiator mounts
- Added sound shield to the firewall
- New power steering hose made Dakota / Isuzu
- New exhaust
- Added an NPR turbo
- increased injector pump volume
- 3″ body lift
- Custom dash
- SVO (Straight Vegetable oil) conversion
This Dakota has made a very reliable fuel efficiant shop truck which gets over 25MPG towing and can pack and dump over 4,000lbs in the box.