Please refer to our terms of service for more information. The B-vans were just five inches longer than the A-vans 176 and 194 inches , despite the longer wheelbase, and had much more interior space 206-246 cubic feet. To check it, stick a piece of wire, such as a coat hanger, down the hole where the oil pressure sending unit screws in at the back top of the block. The eventually took over the passenger wagon market. This wide choice allows customers to tailor their van to specific needs and requirements. They can't even be consistent with their engines. The plastic gas tank alone makes it worth buying a Dodge.
Cars without power steering got bigger steering wheels. We guarantee that the van is operational and road worthy. The 1998 has a 360 with an A518, and easily moves itself plus a cargohold full of equipment. Or does it go 1234 onthe drivers side, and 5678 on the passenger side. The smaller cover, used on the slant six, 318, and 360, was also two inches narrower on the passenger side. Rather than copying from the whole book, just holler back when you need more information. The B-vans were phased in over 1970 and 1971; they started as 1971 models.
Transmissions Both a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a five-speed manual were available with all inline-4 engines, including the turbocharged 2. It shared numerous components with Dodge trucks, but never used a true frame. The engine was moved forward in the chassis to improve crash protection, and the front end sheet-metal was redone with a longer nose to accommodate this change. There were four small block engines. The new color-keyed steering column included an ignition switch and steering column lock, with new two-spoke, deep-dish steering wheels similar to those in cars, and woodgrain appliqué on higher trim levels.
Customers responded favorably to all the changes, and sales went up. Many examples of these cube-vans can still be found on the streets today as they were typically owned by companies that kept them in service for some time. It was hard to cast some of the counterweights so they added them to the damper and torque converter. They included the dual armrests that would be a hallmark of Chrysler minivans, and swiveled through 360° with positive detents for full-forward and full-rear positions; they were upholstered in textured velour. The Sportsman, Tradesman, and Adventurer names were phased out after 1980, replaced with the Ram van moniker, which included the Ram wagon for passenger models. This is especially bad on the '98 though, due to a 1998 redesign that moved the driver and passenger seats back, along with the dash and steering wheel, while leaving the doors in the same relative position.
Access to the rear rows of seating was by a large passenger-side sliding door enabling easy access in confined situations, e. The side mirrors are better too, and don't tend to adjust themselves due to wind resistance on the freeway like the older design does, and the one advantage that the driver's seating position in the van offers is that the sun visors almost never need to be used. Thankyou caradiodoc for that imformation! The truck also only had one choice of transmission available, which was a three-speed automatic. Base vans came equipped for five passengers in two rows of seating. Or does it go 1234 onthe drivers side, and 5678 on the passenger side.
The 1978-style dash was kept. Big-block V8 engines were the 400 in 3 6,600 cm 3 and 440 in 3 7,200 cm 3 1976—1978. The 360 started around 1971 or '72. The Dodge MaxiWagon was moved over as the Extended Body Voyager. The 318 is an excellent engine and if maintained will go 180k miles easy. The 318 was the same thing just bored out a little.
The standard cargo van had many window combinations, but only one standard seat; all seats were covered in vinyl, with front bucket seats optional. This change resulted in the elimination of the front door vent windows. Instead, put the number 5 wire in the front and the number 7 wire in the back so they'll be a few inches apart. Both trim levels had the same curb to curb turning circle of 49. Rocker arm shaft bolts: 200 inch lbs. In the 1993s, the 360 got the same Magnum treatment for 230 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque; it also got returnless fuel injection, which was added to the other engines in 1994. Three-point seat belts were also added to outboard positions of the rear seat.
Dodge Caravan Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich had conceived their idea for this type of vehicle during their earlier tenure at Ford Motor Company. I'm actually going to sell mine and likely get an Astro or newer conversion van due to the craptastic mileage and other issues with 'the Beast'. The van would keep this body style and the 1978 dash intact with only grille changes all the way through the 1993 model year. If that becomes a concern, the auto parts stores have entire catalogs for replacement vibration dampers and they will list the right one for the application. Width was consistent at 79. Side-impact reinforcements were mandated, and were at all seating positions front and rear.
We guarantee that the van is operational and road worthy. The Renault Espace launched in Europe the same year, and Chrysler began selling the Chrysler Voyager in Europe four years later. The Mini-Ram van ranged in weight from 3,274 to 3,646 pounds. Here's a few other details to watch for. The engine was under a sturdier plastic cover than it had been in the A-vans, with better sound insulation.
Head bolts: all to 50 ft lbs, then all to 105 ft lbs. The most pronounced changes were to the front fenders, hood, grille, and bumpers, which tended to follow their full-size counterparts in each era. Because only one sliding door was offered, the smaller 2nd row bench seat was shifted to the drivers side of the van, facilitating passenger access to the 3rd row seat. To facilitate variable cargo storage behind the rear seat, the seat could be adjusted forward in 2 increments, the first of which removed roughly 6 inches 150 mm of legroom from the back row passengers, and the second of which would push the bench all the way to the back of the 2nd row, making the seats unusable. The hatch was hinged at the top and held open by gas struts. Safety features consisted of 3-point seat belts for the front two passengers, with simple lap belts for the rear five.