Advice on finding/choosing diesel 60 series (1 Viewer)

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Hi all, I'm new to the forum here, but I like what I see. I used to drive a 1981 FJ40, and I'm now lusting after a 60 series. I would really like to find one with a factory-installed diesel, and I was wondering what the performance of those engines was like. Is it worth buying a 4 cyl diesel for use as a daily driver? Also, I'd prefer an automatic transmission, did the factory diesel-powered 60s come equipped with ATs?

I'm in no danger of buying one tomorrow, just trying to figure out what to look for, so when the right one pops up, I can grab it.

By the way, I'm super impressed with the rigs that forum members here have, nice work!

Thanks for the advice.

-Rich.
 
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Well welcome aboard! The 60 bug is a good one,their tough and will treat you right. They will not win any power awards or races.If you live in a area of hills good luck and you will want to add a turbo . My understanding is that the 60 diesel was not available in the US so you will have to import one.Seems a lot of people look for a diesel and then a truck to put it in cuz most Canadian diesel 60's are rotted to death. Being patient is key and you won't regret your decision.
 
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rocrunr, thanks for the info. Are there aftermarket turbos available for the 3B or 2H engines?
 

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Canadian HJ and BJ 60s are going to be your closest option for import. There are some already imported running around but they pull a pretty penny. Don't forget that to legally import a non-USA truck it needs to be 25yrs or older. As for the auto Iv seen a 2H with one but not sure on the 3B, but just about any swap is possible with some research. From what Iv read the 3B takes to a turbo much better then the 2H but kits are available for both( I hope I didn't open a can of worms there! ).
Good luck on the search! (Still looking for my donor CAN truck)
 

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