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Austin area V8 swap....

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by MrZero, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. MrZero

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    Recently, I have become so frustrated with my emissions and power, that I feel like I must at least investigate this option, otherwise I'm going to do the unthinkable and dump my beloved rig. Since the local specialty shop (LCS offroad) is gone, I don't know who in the area to go to and especially not for something so custom. This is a project I'm not interested in doing myself at my house. Does anybody in the Austin area do this kind of work or know somebody that does? I'm sure I would not be averse to driving the truck an hour or so out of town to have the work done.

    Thanks,

    JP
     
  2. kling-on

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    JK might during His off season
     
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    Is he on these boards or should I just contact him through his site? Would like to find out when his off season is.....

    JP
     
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    If you really want a V8 60, the cheapest way to get one is to buy it already converted. You'll save a ton of money....
     
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    better off callin or goin buy he not on here to much ...this isnt his off seson:D
     
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    Cool, thanks klingon, I already emailed him through his site.

    Buying a different rig is not an option for me. I either solve this one or I get rid of it. I look at it this way....I'd rather take basically a big down payment and get MY rig where I enjoy it again, and not have any new car payment......because that's the alternative.....sell the cruiser, buy used pickup and suck on an additional car payment. I REALLY don't want to do the latter and neither does my wife.

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    If JK doesn't have time, you might check out the local hot rod shops. I've heard about one in south Austin that impressed a friend of mine with their operation. If you run out of options PM me and I'll track down their information.

    You might post up on craigslist too, there's a lot of weekend warriors that would probably tackle it but I would want a long list of previous customers to talk with and see their work.

    I know you said it's not a project you're interested in doing yourself, but it would be fun. Plus you'd know it backward and forward if something goes haywire. I put a new(er) 350 in an already converted 1982 60 and it has saved me a mechanics visit a couple times already just being familiar with the install.
     
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    I think if I was single and didn't have an 8 month old, I'd probably be willing to at least try the conversion myself. But for the above reasons, I'm looking for a shop...Hell, if the price was right and the work was guaranteed, I'd be willing to drive it to another city in Texas........
     
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    A friend of mine recommended one of the local Jeep shops here in Austin. They done a lot of work for him. I have since decided to do the V8 swap on my 60 myself...I will ask him again for the shop's name and get back with you...

    ML
     
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    I appreciate that meatloaf......Be good to check them out as far as experience with Toyotas
     
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    Yes, I am not sure what their Toyota experience is. The impression I got was that they were good with engine swaps. I'll keep you posted.

    ML
     
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    I noticed in the directory that Wimberley 4X4 is in your area, also Edwin Kincaid in Pflugerville.
     
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    actually, hadn't thought about Wimberly 4x4. Edwin closed up shop.
     
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    Wimberly wont do it he is a purist.... great guy but a purist .... the Jeep shop is Just Jeeps dont know that they would do it but there number is 512-459-5337 ask for Robert tell em Joel from 4 Wheel set ya and he might be nicer about the Toyota thing ;)