It is surprising that you are experiencing the problems you are at 156K miles, but...I also don't remember ever driving/pushing our 62 to do 80mph except downhill.
I never really pushed her. It did 80 very easily. I didn't floor it to get there or anything - just open highway cruising. It hummed along nicely at very low rpms
Yep, 7-9k seems to be the range for the trans, mods, and rebuilt transfer case. BUT - if the engine was rebuilt correctly it would be reliable again? You mean if I put a 5-speed on the current, tired engine, correct?It is a dramatic difference. But...as someone else mentioned, if the engine is no longer reliable, the change won't help...and you'd spend $7K on the 5-speed conversion if you spent a dime.
Sanity steps in on me about that time, and I'm left sticking with the 3FE and A440. But I don't need mine as a daily driver. I can retire mine to restored cream puff collector status.
Yeah, I had an 09 V8 4Runner that I sold to simplify my life. It was easier for me to sell than the Cruiser. It's been so reliable for so long and my driving is limited overall so I thought I would go back to the LC. Pff - simplify my life! No, I'm not a major wrench turner and all. I don't have the background or time to be screaming and hurling tools through the wall of my garage in furious anger - at least with my DD. I might go back to my original plan of a third car for the family and keeping the LC fully stock like you have.