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85 FJ60 4BT swap has finally begun

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by Hojack, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Hojack

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    Fellow FJ60 cruisers. I've followed IH8MUD for years dreaming of one day beginning a diesel conversion in my 85 Landcruiser. I've been searching long and hard for a suitable donor motor still drivable in vehicle. Every 4bt I found had very little info on miles or maintenance records. Finally last week an ad on Craigslist with a 96 Freightliner step van with a 4bt came up. I went to check it out on Saturday and took the step van for a drive. The motor had a factory cummins rebuild sticker and ran great with amazing power hauling 12,000 pounds of weight. With no smoke or any obvious engine noise I bought the entire step van. It also included a good size tool chest. The seller was a house farmer who used the step van as a mobile tool shed during jobs. He figures he may have put maybe 100K miles on the motor after it was put in. Today was our first day to begin removal of the prized possession. The transmission is a Eaton Fuller 5 speed which works great but am going a rebuilt dodge nv4500 4 wheel drive tranny with warranty and updates and bell housing. I've read a lot of posts on the 4bt swaps but may need some fellow cruiser help. Best part today was we found the motor was rebuilt in 2007 and even cleaner than we'd thought. I'll post our progress. Here is the step van and my 85 FJ60.

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    Here's the 4bt in the step van being removed.

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    I'm selling my running 2F motor and 4speed transmission. They are still in my Landcruiser here in Eagle Creek, Oregon. If your needing a motor and tranny let me know. I'm getting my nv4500 Friday for the swap. I'd like to sell my 2F and tranny with it running so the buyer knows how it runs.

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    I absolutely love the 60's series cruiser and am so stoked about the diesel swap. This was last summers trip to Olallie Lake in the high Cascades of Oregon.

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    Good luck with the swap. Keep us posted on the progress.
     
  6. The Phoenician

    The Phoenician F*ck your sensitivity!

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    You're gonna love it once you have it dialed in. But you have to be patient in the meanwhile. Keep the pictures coming. I pretty much have the same set up as you do.
     
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    We are going to go through engine and remove bolts and check gaskets etc. I'm thinking antiseize is a great idea for the future ease in bolt removal?
    I was also thinking I don't care for the Cummins beige. I do like the cummins red and black. What are your thoughts. Keep it factory or go custom?

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    The Phoenician F*ck your sensitivity!

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    Red and black. The engine vibrates a lot, you may not want anti seize.
     
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    Agree with The Phoenician, red and black looks nice. and yes this engine vibrates like no other so be careful where you use it if you do. Are you doing SOA or SUA?
     
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    Staying with the split case? I haven't broken mine yet behind a turned up Mitsubishi 6 cyl, i might have 15,000 miles now.

    3.7 axles and .75 OD of the NV4500 equal about 2100 rpm @ 70mph with "33" inch tires.
     
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    I'm SUA now. Not sure yet on SUA or SOA. I've seen trucks with SUA. Possibly go with OME suspension lift. Below is a post of a SUA 4bt swap.

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    Help would be greatly appreciated to sell my running 2F motor and 4speed transmission still in my cruiser.
     
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    My stock is running 2500 rpms at 55 mph now. That will be so nice with overdrive.
     
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    The pic above also has a shackle reversal on it might also take that into consideration @Hojack
     
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    The shackle is the direction of the bracket that attaches the spring to the frame?
     
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    The 60 and 62 from factory have the shackle in the front on the front end of the truck the pic you posted the shackle is in the back with a drop hanger in the front basically it has more lift
     
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    Awesome, another white 60 with a 4bt swap. And you're in Oregon! You're pretty close being in Eagle Creek. I'm over in Milwaukie.

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    We'll have to meet up. Perhaps go cruising after I get it all finished up.
     
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    My rebuilt dodge nv4500 and bell housing arrived today. The shop has a year warranty on it and performed undates on transmission, including the 5th gear retainer nut. Have offers on 2F motor. One guy called and said his wife drives a 84 FJ60 and has 2 bad cylinders, he was good with $1000. And another guy called who wants to drop it in a Toyota flatbed truck who said he'd pay $1200. Im showing it to the first guy Sunday who really needs it. The 4 speed is also sold to a guy who has a bad transmission from Seattle. He's paying $500. I'm getting all my figures together to see what my actual cost is at buying step van and selling my running 2F and 4 speed transmission. I'll try to keep track of my costs to allow others who have this diesel swap dream to have some costs.

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    Didn't know my 4 speed in the garage could bring 500 wow. I sold a good running 2f for 500 and was tickled to get it!