Possible 80 project

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Jun 7, 2012
This is a feeler, looking for opinions, about a possible 80 project.

On an very high mileage 80 (250K+ miles), I want to swap the engine with a newer 2GR. On top of that, I'd like to adapt a manual transmission while doing the swap.

Opinions on the project??
Does somebody have a knowledge of a similar project?

Only has 75% of the displacement of the original engine. Max HP and Torque come in around 5000 rpm. I will be terribly slow at low rpm. I'm sure you could cobble it together, but why? You could just as easily use a 4.0 liter v8 from a Lexus sedan. John
I honestly like an automatic in a wheeler too.

I vote diesel, but a lexus 4.0 is a great option. As far as the auto goes, unless you are into hard core rock crawling, a manual tranny is far superior in all regards. Especially when the battery dies!;)

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