motor swap ?

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Hi everyone I am new to the site and I am about to purchase my first 1972 FJ55.

A little input from members here would be great. I am looking todo a drive train swap but not to the big 350, I want to go with a newer Toyota motor/tranny/t-case. wanting to change from 4spd to an automatic.

The big question I have is what Toy drive train would you use or recommend ?

Any imput I can get would be great.
 

DanS HJ-45

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Welcome to MUD. :flipoff2:

Why do you want to swap engines? Have you done an engine swap before?

Reason I ask is because the land cruiser uses an offset differential in the rear. You are going to be hard pressed to find a newer drivetrain that works with that. There are certainly ways around all of the problems inherent in an engine swap like that, but they all take some knowledge, fabrication skill and compromise.

If you don't even own it yet, and haven't driven it yet (much), you don't really know what it does and doesn't do. Any why the change to an automatic?

Can I assume you'll post pictures shortly? Most of us love pigs. There is a dedicated FJ-55 forum here too, you just have to scroll WAY down on the forum list to find it.

Dan
 
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The whole reason for the swap is I'm in a wheelchair.

I broke my back just over 7yrs. ago and am wanting to get back

out on the trails in my own ride. Being a para the whole clutch

thing doesn't work for me plus just wanting to update the motor

to something newer for less possible trouble out on the trail.
 
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Welcome to mud. :flipoff2:
You will find all the info you need here. A few idea's.

#1 Post where you are located! You probably have mud members in your area.
#2 Find a local Land Cruiser club to join. They are everywhere and are always willing to help out and most do trailrides and other events. Wheeling is fun, wheeling with a club of like minded people is awsome.
 

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Hi gimp. I could see putting the drivetrain from an FJ62 in a 55, maybe even from an 80 series, though that might be more involved.
Good luck & keep us posted.
(I'M an RN, usually work with quads...the vent dependent ones.)
 
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I'd agree with newer Landcruiser... And as much as I love a stick, I fully understand your reasoning.

Where do you call home? The local clubs are a great resource.
 
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I live in Bakersfield Calif.

I have been doing some looking around in the local tow yards and found

a nice 94' toy 4 runner complete and it runs perdy good. It was picked

up for a tag violation ( not registered for 3 yrs ) .

So i am thinking I could use the rear axle out of the 4 runner to fix the

offset diif. problem from the FJ 55.

What do you think about this new idea ?

 
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the fj80 sounds good but i have not found to many of them in my area.

also i am try'n to keep this build at or aound $5,000.00 for the whole thing.

I have done motor swaps before just never on a toyota can't be that much of

a differance, could it ?
 

DanS HJ-45

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the fj80 sounds good but i have not found to many of them in my area.

also i am try'n to keep this build at or aound $5,000.00 for the whole thing.

I have done motor swaps before just never on a toyota can't be that much of

a differance, could it ?

Nope. A swap is a swap.

I would also vote for a 3FE swap from an FJ-62. Motor mounts would bolt up, plus inline 6s are simply awesome. T-case behind the auto box has the same offset and everything. In fact, if you could get the whole truck for a donor, you could do this cheap! (the 60 series get parted pretty often, the frames rot out easily, among other reasons)

Dan
 
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i have found a 4-runner in good shape, just waiting for it to clear lein-sale.

the tow yard gave me a good price for when she clears. i figure the only thing

i would have any problem with is a new wirring harness. thinking i might get one of those

custom jobs where they match the motor to the truck and all the gauges and accessories.
 

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