Well now I’m developing the project vehicle itch.

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Scratching my project itch too. Picked up some mew to me trucks to go over and rebuild. 81 Yota needs a motor, I may have one in the shop. The flatbed on this thing will make it a great farm truck, for somebody. Then the IFS 4runner on 7 inches of lift that needs a drivetrain. I seem to have a 4.3 v6/700r4 combo with a toyota output that may be just the ticket.
 

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Scratching my project itch too. Picked up some mew to me trucks to go over and rebuild. 81 Yota needs a motor, I may have one in the shop. The flatbed on this thing will make it a great farm truck, for somebody. Then the IFS 4runner on 7 inches of lift that needs a drivetrain. I seem to have a 4.3 v6/700r4 combo with a toyota output that may be just the ticket.
Them older (less complicated) Toy's were good little trucks, I had a 73 2wd work truck that I ran the living s__t out of and it never gave up.
 

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I’m a Cummins guy through and through. There are other good diesel options, but the 4BT, 6BT, and Big Cam 855 are motors that outdo all other diesels in their class. Bar none, end of conversation. But for a “compact” vehicle swap, after a lot of research on the topic for my own interests, I have to give my .02.

A 4BT, though an excellent engine, would lack real world application in a Jeep sized vehicle. Much too heavy... look the specs up, comparing to a same displacement gas engine, the weight just takes it out of consideration for me. Even in 6BT 1 ton pickup swaps, going into trucks made in the early 90s or earlier, people are having to box the frame to keep from causing damage. Also, the 4BT has become REALLY pricey lately, and unless you find a deal, you’ll pay more than you would for a 6BT, and there’s way less aftermarket swap support. The slight increase over a 6BT in MPG is overshadowed by the lack of power that it has compared to its big brother. They were great in industrial settings, being the power plant of most 90s Case equipment and outshining all competitors in cheap power, reliability, and longevity; their use for vehicle swaps just doesn’t impress me the way the 6BT does. For an engine bay too small to handle the 5.9, usually the frame and size of that vehicle will be in a class where a small, lightweight inline 6 gas burner would be a much more appropriate, if not simply safer and more reliable solution.

You’ll be hard pressed to beat the 4.0 6 cylinder Jeep made. Plenty of 350 swaps out there doing great but I’d still rather have the 4.0. The Ford 300 and Yota 2JZ are also exemplary inline 6 gasoline motors, but Jeeps 4.0 has a great reputation for a reason.
In the mid - 2000's Jeep was selling the Liberty with a VM Motori diesel.
 

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I think you should just go ahead and do one of those old bread trucks as your project! Not many folks would have one of those!!

Plus, no one would mess with ya if you were to park in a loading zone.


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In the early 80's I worked for a company that had air-cooled diesel engine kits to repower the aluminum body walk-in vans (aka bread trucks). Those trucks have a 20 year design life. We were selling kits to Ford to use on their frames and then go to Grumman, Union City and Utilimaster.
 

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Well, thanks to @Profreedomokie and his willingness to barter, I have a new project to work on. Not that I'm done with my 68 Mustang, but hey, this one fits in the garage better. :-)
 

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