Longevity of 60's

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Hi Everyone,

I have looking into getting a LC for a bit now. I am curious to how reliable these motors are. How many miles do they typically run without having to rebuild? I am mostly going to use this rig to haul my dirtbike around and head to the mountains, not looking to use as my daily driver, but also dont want another money pit. Thanks for the help.
 
It all depends on how well it's been taken care of. There was a thread on here recently regarding engine mileage, and there were many over 250,000 - some were over 350,000.

But, you can fawk one up quick by overheating it, or letting the oil get too low. Check compression, wet and dry. Do an oil analysis. Drive it. Should tell you a lot. Post up more specifics and maybe we can help a bit more.
 
There used to be a guy on the lcml that had over 622k, I personally have owned two that had over 350k.
 
Even a decently maintained 2F can easily reach 250K with little to no major overhaul work being done. These are very resilient motors, and if taken car of properly you can expect pretty trouble free, reliable performance from them.
 
squeekyM said:
Hi Everyone,

I have looking into getting a LC for a bit now. I am curious to how reliable these motors are. How many miles do they typically run without having to rebuild? I am mostly going to use this rig to haul my dirtbike around and head to the mountains, not looking to use as my daily driver, but also dont want another money pit. Thanks for the help.

Typically most of them rust away to the point where they are not worth rebuilding even though the mechanicals have plenty of life left.

I agree with the other's recommendations regarding oil and overheating and I also think its important not to over rev the engine.

They are happiest between 2000-2500 rpm and should not be driven at over 3000 for any length of time.
They are not fast,but if you respect that,then a long trouble free life is almost guaranteed.
 
longevity of a '60? = as long as you've got $$ to put into her :D

the motors as stated above are good for high mileage typical of Toyotas in general -- it's all of the other parts and pieces that are attached to it that will need replacing along the way that can really start to eat into your wallet over time (emissions parts, P/S pumps & gear box, carb, intake/exhaust manifold, etc...).

once you get all of that dialed in though, you should be good for another 15+ years on many of those parts....

-dogboy- '87 FJ60
 
Thanks for all the info. Currently I am just checking into two '89s. One has just over 200K and the other around 170K. Is the auto tranny something that would be considered a weak link in the drive train? Does anyone know the cost of rebuilding an auto tranny once it is removed?

Compression test sounds like a good idea. What pressure should a real healthy motor put out. Cold or hot test? Thanks again, take care.
 
squeekyM said:
Thanks for all the info. Currently I am just checking into two '89s. One has just over 200K and the other around 170K. Is the auto tranny something that would be considered a weak link in the drive train? Does anyone know the cost of rebuilding an auto tranny once it is removed?

Compression test sounds like a good idea. What pressure should a real healthy motor put out. Cold or hot test? Thanks again, take care.


Some will say that the AT is the weak link. It is very expensive to rebuild. Search on this topic. There is a guy in AU that is your only option if you want the tranny rebuild to last. I was thinking it was around $3K. This is the avg price here by a shop as well as the AU guy shipped. Again search, he is your only option as far as most will say.

Search on the second ? as well all the info is here. I forget the exact #'s I knwo that cyl should be within 10% of each other.

Any Yota should be a good choice for you. (My advice is to stay away crom a Dodge product, very questionable reliability!) Wife has a 97 4runner and its a very nice ride. Old 4runners are nice too with the removable top! None of the runners have the space of a LC wagon but decent. Keep us posted and if you need any help evaluating anything post up and we will see what we can do for ya.
 

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