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87 Ramcharger

Discussion in 'Projects, mods, restoration' started by Okie Sooner, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Okie Sooner

    Okie Sooner Member

    Jul 25, 2020
    I'm new to this site and looking for information and guidance.
    I'm rebuilding a 1987 Ram Charger. I have re-powered it with a 1992 360 LA engine. I have installed a modified factory 4 barrel intake and new Holley Sniper TBI with in-tank fuel pump. I'm trying to use the factory wiring harness. It has the lean burn scc mounted on the drivers fender. I want to utilize the Sniper ecu. Questions: #1 Is the factory distributor ok to use and if so what modifications need to be done? #2 Will the distributor need to be locked out and phased? If so, need a source for how to and parts required. #3 will I need to keep the scc for other electrical components to function, if so what wires can I delete and What wires will I need to keep?
    I have installed a fresh rebuilt A518 over drive transmission, new balanced torque convert, transfer case and drive shafts from a 1991 donor RC. I will also be installing a new 2-1/2" two into one exhaust. This RC is going to be my daily drive and will occasionally pull a small camp trailer. Any recommendations and guidance in helping me accomplish my goals is greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. valiant67

    valiant67 ...

    Jan 7, 2003
    The factory distributor likely won’t work correctly because it requires the computer which relies on the signals from the stock TBI. Best bet is to move to a conventional electronic,non-computer, ignition.
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  3. AHBGuru

    AHBGuru Active Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    Your '87 would've been a carburetored Lean Burn (feedback carb if 2bbl) system, which affects nothing beyond powertrain functions.

    Valiant has it right. New/Reman Chrysler vacuum distributor and electronic ignition. Also, remember for a street vehicle, there is absolutely no power in ignition. Keep it stock, keep it simple.
  4. Adventurer55

    Adventurer55 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2015
    Yes 87 models used a Holley 2bbl with 318 and a Quadrajet with 360. I'm like Valiant, just use a conventional electronic unit, then you should be able to use your injection system.

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