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transmission options for diesel 4-cyl 60?

Discussion in 'Diesel Tech / 24 volts' started by IronYuppy, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. IronYuppy

    IronYuppy

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    I'm not sure if this should be here or in the Diesel section, but anyway...

    A non-Cruiserhead friend called to tell me he just bought a '79 60 with a diesel 4-cyl and a manual 4-speed transmision. He didn't know the code numbers, and I don't know them, so I can't pass them on to you... but you probably known them, anyway.

    My friend doesn't go wheeling and he's not a die-hard Toyota Nut (yet), he bought this truck becuase it was dirt cheap and was a one-owner vehicle owned by a friend of his.

    The other considerations are that he has a 50 mile each way daily commute so he needs to save money on gas, but he has a full-size black lab who comes to work with him every day, so he wanted a vehicle with room.

    His commute includes a 1200' ascent/decent over a mountain pass.

    He was wondering if there's a 5-speed, or a 4-speed w overdrive that he could (relatively) easily swap-in. Is there a model that would work? And will it be a good match for his application?

    What other options does he have? Regearing?
     
  2. brownbear

    brownbear Mod in Hibernation Moderator

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    The 3B doesn't have the power with the 5th gear for hill, barely the prairies.

    Turbo would help it on the hills, bigger tires can provide a overdrive.

    Generally a 3b in 60 spends most of it's time in 4th anyhow.

    Does he think it rev's too much now?
     
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    I thought we need to put in the ecuation the tire size, towing .? and the rig weight.
     
  4. IronYuppy

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    Yes, the issue isn't power/accelleration, it's just a matter of reducing the revs at highway speed. No extra weight such as bull-bar or anything like that. Generally it's stock GVW plus two or three adults and a big fat dog.

    He goes camping, but doesn't tow a trailer. Not sure what tire size he has on there now, but I'm betting stock-sized A/Ts. What's stock, 31"-ish?