Question: 1979 to 1983 Pickup w/ 1989 to 1995 22RE Engine/Dash Swap (1 Viewer)

Will Van

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I am shopping for a clean 1979 to 1983 Toyota Pickup 4x4 for a project truck. I read an article on FourWheeler.com about a gentlemen named Bob Davidson who built a badass 1983 Toyota Pickup.
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Mr. Davidson used a 1991 donor Pickup with a fuel injected 22RE and swapped over the engine and dash. Is anyone familiar with this swap? I realize that the 22RE engine itself will bolt right into the 1983 frame/chassis. But what about the donor dash? Is it a direct swap? All the mounting brackets and everything in place? Or is this a totally custom project?

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Most likely a custom swap. Dash mounting tabs would be the easy as they would just be simple weld-ons for the cross bar.
 

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Most likely a custom swap. Dash mounting tabs would be the easy as they would just be simple weld-ons for the cross bar.

Roger that. And with a donor truck, you could probably take the dimensions off the old cross bar.
 

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I have done a little more research on this swap. Most people utilize the donor dash cross bar so that all mounting tabs line up. It requires some modification to make the cross bar fit, but serves at a good starting point for the remainder of the swap.

The gentleman below was helpful with the details. He had done a 3rd Gen dash swap into a 1st Gen 4Runner, but the principle is the same.

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Hmm I love that. A little fab work is certainly more appealing (to me) than wiring.

Keep updating us as you get more information. My main concern with a dash swap would be loss of interior space. These old single cabs are tight as it is.
 

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