Junkyard Find: 1995 Dodge Dakota, With K-Car Engine
The plenitude of vehicles based on the Chrysler K Platform helped the company bounce back from its humiliating 1979 near-bankruptcy and government bailout, and the modern overhead-cam four-cylinder engine Chrysler developed for the K was a big part of that success. We think of that 2.2/2.5 as a transverse-front-wheel-drive-only engine, but Chrysler made a longitudinal version for the rear-wheel-drive Dakota pickup.
Here’s a very rare 2.5/5-speed example I saw in a Denver-area yard recently.
1995 was the last model year for the good old K-Car 2.5 engine in the Dakota. After that, FAW made these engines for Chinese-market vehicles, while Chrysler switched to the 2.5-liter AMC four-cylinder for the Dakota.
This transmission and bellhousing should enable crazed engine swappers to use the Spirit R/T‘s engine in, say, a Miata. We recommend this application.
The last owner of any Dakota must smoke Marlboros. It’s the law.
Just over 126k miles on the clock. Nobody loves non-huge pickups these days, it seems.
The 1980s had been over for a while at this point, but 1980s-style tape stripes and graphics lived on in Detroit.
Dodge pickups were #1 in sales growth in 1995!
Those who bought the first-gen Dakota Club Cab could fit four lumberjacks inside. Cue Monty Python song.
[Image: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]
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