Let's swap a motor and do some other stuff to a 60....

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For the roof, I found this to be a killer setup.......we use it on a lot of our builds when the headliner is out. There are a couple of ways to do it depending on what you need out of the look. For headliners that go back in, we use Second Skin's Megazorb or Heat Wave Pro....cuts out heat big time and obviously decreases unwanted sound. For the Troopy, since I wasn't using a headliner, I used a product called Thermozite. It's a foil backed acoustic and thermal barrier.....amazing stuff. Looks great too.


Damplifier Pro in strategic areas....

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Spectrum goes on next.
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Thermozite.....foil side goes towards the heat source in this application so foil side up
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Contact adhesive to apply it. It's a little tough to get right in the corners but very easy to splice in pieces if needed. I had to do that in a couple of spots...no big deal.

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Finished product. Fantastic product....I'd have no problems using this as my headliner in a 60 if I had a really beat up factory one.
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Awesome detail on the sound deadening, esp the Troopy roof. I started a thread awhile back musing about how to ditch the factory headliner in a 60 and do something very similar.
Unfortunately the perimeter of the 60s roof line doesn't lend itself well to being uncovered. It would take some solid creativity and fab to make it look factory and clean. My greatest dislike of the 60 headliner is it being permanently locked in place by the windshield and cargo windows, makes any kind of roof work a b!tch.
 

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A big part of getting this truck in the main shop was so we could start on the motor swap as well as build a bumper for a customer's rig.

We started with a bumper kit from @Fourrunner and modded I to suit what our customer needed. Nice to start with a kit for the basics....we did a one-off on a 79 series last year and that was a pile of work.

60 goes in a spot where it will be for a bit.

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Bumper off, dog approves

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Started with the side plates....we ended up opening these holes up with slots so we could make some adjustments to the bumper for clearance of the spindle assembly for the swing out.
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Tons of fitting, checking, adjusting and re-checking as is the norm with these types of projects...

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Seems like an eternity before the real fun starts....

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Tacked and ready to burn it all in. We had drilled the bumper for the spindle....top and bottom. We do a piece of DOM tubing in the bumper that the spindle slides into....that gets welded in, then the spindle is welded into the bottom.

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After a huge amount of welding and grinding, something like this emerges.
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Bumper on and spindle in position to check things out....
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We like to use Summit Machine's spindle kit. Insanely stout.

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We use a piece of DOM tubing that the spindle slips into(very tight fit....as in we put the spindle in the freezer and heat the DOM up so it slides in). We weld the bottom of the spindle to the DOM. If that spindle ever needed to come out, we could grind the weld on the bottom and press the spindle out. I think it's a pretty cool setup....not sure this spindle would ever break but if it did, it would certainly be an easier way to remove it. DOM sleeve probably adds some rigidity to that corner too...not sure in needs it when the bumper is boxed in.

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Swingarm is pretty basic. I tried to follow the slight angle on the rear bumper so it looks flush. Kind of a neat detail I thought.

We are only doing 1 swingarm on this bumper.......customer will be running an LRA fuel tank so we'll be losing the spare under the truck.

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We copied the layout of our 79's bumper for the swingarm. Pretty basic. These are very rigid assemblies when we're done. Zero movement.

Engine hoist makes for an easy way to get this thing where we want it :)

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We use delrin as both the slide and the stop.

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I always question swing outs on lift gate trucks....so nice to have easy access to the tailgate and hatch. I find this setup with the Detasco catch and latch is about as easy as it gets to get that spare out of the way. Maybe 2 seconds tops. We use a gas strut to help hold the swing out in place and give some assist....nice setup.
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To be clear, this is the “I approve” expression? 😁
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That bumper turned out great. Are you doing at 1HZT? 1HDT?
We will know the answer to this very soon :) almost to the good part of the build.
 

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And here we go.....the good stuff. I brought in the 79 for moral support for the 60....since I'm ripping it's heart out.
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Goodbye 2F....appreciate your 300k miles of service but where we're headed requires no spark plugs :)

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Something like this is going to be WAY better :)

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I had really planned on a nice and easy 3FE swap on this truck and part of me wishes I would have gone that route....a little simpler, plenty of power for me and how I use my trucks.....and just a little less invasive. 3FEs just look right in a 60 and with that brand spankin' new 5 speed....total dream. I started thinking about the work required for the 3FE....fuel system changes, exhaust fab, wiring, all the little stuff that would need to be addressed......and kind of started looking at what I had in my storage container.

And rolled this in. A nice low KM 1HZ from the Middle East.

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The 1HZ makes a lot of sense in this build...kind of doing some of the same things I would have had to do with a 3FE....fuel tank mods(we run our fuel pumps in the tank for 3FE swaps).....wiring is about as easy as it gets, we will save a huge amount of time there with no ECU to stash somewhere, no real wiring to do, etc......exhaust, not that bad.....engine compartment stuff......easy. Going to stick a turbo on it too since I have one from one of my other trucks AND, the 1HZ is really sweet with a turbo(I have this setup in a 79....love it).

We had the injector pump off of it for some reason....so while it's off, it got sent out to be gone thru. I had the injectors done a while back. This truck most likely had a R151 trans behind it. I think it was out of an 06 79 series. Easy motor to go thru, we'll do this one up really pretty.

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We left the trans installed as we will use it to set the motor mounts for the 1HZ, just as others have done. Since the H55 bolts in identically to the H42, we'll mount bellhousing to 1HZ, place 1HZ with bellhousing up to H42 and weld those mounts to the frame. Might check a few things before we burn them in though :)
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We'll do a lot of cleaning up in the engine compartment....I want a very clean and tidy engine bay with a minimal amount of wires and 'stuff'. I'll have to repair or at least make the battery area a little prettier.....the bottom edge of the inner fender is gone. Not sure how I'll handle that. I will probably not weld in a new section. Guess I could get a clean used inner fender. We'll see. Not a huge priority for me.

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Already looking better and we haven't even sprayed it with hot water yet :)
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Why do you need to mod the fuel tank for a 1HZ?

Also that has to be the most expensive Diy bumper kit ever :lol:
 

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Why do you need to mod the fuel tank for a 1HZ?

Also that has to be the most expensive Diy bumper kit ever :lol:
Come on Matt, you should know by now that I like making things more complicated :)

In hindsight, I didn't need to mod the tank as the fuel line sizing is pretty close but I wanted the fuel lines on the left side of the frame and not crossing over the firewall. I had planned to drop the tank to inspect it(spotlessly clean) and I kind of wanted to try that pickup assembly out as we might use them on 3FE conversions in the future. All in all, that part wasn't that big of a deal and we have nice fresh parts installed.....won't have to touch any of that again for a while.

Yes.....that bumper build isn't for the faint of heart and the light of pocket :)
 

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