Wifey Wants a Piggie

lelandEOD

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The wife wants a FJ55 so post up any interesting resto-mod candidates you might come across! The only requirements for this project are auto trans and air conditioning. I'm thinking 2UZ-FE or maybe a diesel...

1HZT+A440+FJ55=Cool.

I'm going to focus on a circa 1975 piggy. I want some of the features found on the later trucks (floor shifter, no wing windows, ignition on column, etc). But, I want the "TOYOTA" embossed found on the pre-'78 pigs. I'd really like to find a '67 just for the pre-smog title so I don't have to mess with classic tags.
 
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I would keep it simple. There are thousands of swap possibilities and a diesel is neither simple, nor cheap as you are experiencing. Maybe a later model engine like a 3.4.
 

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I hear you, Will. I may do a gas engine in this one as the wife is not a fan of diesel fumes either. My big problem with the tractor engines is the fuel mileage is abysmal. I think it may be Toyota V8 time.
 

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The trouble with the 2UZFE is getting an ECU that works stand alone. AFAIK the only source for a tuned ecu is in South Africa and is $$$$$.
The you have to source the engine and trans and rebuild them. For a fraction of the cost you could do a really nice Chevy V-8 swap. I spent more than a few internet hours researching this conversion for my FJ40.
There is a reason the SBC conversion is so popular; cost availability of conversion parts and aftermarket support.

Another option is the 3FE. This is attractive because if you could find a totaled 80 series you could swap the whole drive train and axles. It would still be kind of gutless but I don't think anybody is looking to make a Pig into a Hot Rod.
 

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The trouble with the 2UZFE is getting an ECU that works stand alone. AFAIK the only source for a tuned ecu is in South Africa and is $$$$$.
The you have to source the engine and trans and rebuild them. For a fraction of the cost you could do a really nice Chevy V-8 swap. I spent more than a few internet hours researching this conversion for my FJ40.
There is a reason the SBC conversion is so popular; cost availability of conversion parts and aftermarket support.

Another option is the 3FE. This is attractive because if you could find a totaled 80 series you could swap the whole drive train and axles. It would still be kind of gutless but I don't think anybody is looking to make a Pig into a Hot Rod.
I haven't gotten very far into anything yet, but there is a guy who has put several 2UZs in LCs so I'll have to learn more about what is required to make it work. The only real parameter is that the truck have an auto transmission (for the wife). I will never do a first-gen fuel injection system again (3FE) as I was strongly displeased with my last attempt. I also just don't have the heart to put a chevy product in a classic Toyota. I totally get why people do it, but it's just not for me. If I can't find a way to stay with a Toyota gasser, I will likely just push on with a diesel. BUT, I think I can make something else work.

Another idea I've got rattling around is the prospect of dropping a -55 body onto a -80 rolling frame. I am drawn to the better ride of the coils and more modern running gear that comes along with it.
 

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Another idea I've got rattling around is the prospect of dropping a -55 body onto a -80 rolling frame. I am drawn to the better ride of the coils and more modern running gear that comes along with it.
The 55 body fits nicely if you remove approx 7” in the center of the 80 frame.
 

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I haven't gotten very far into anything yet, but there is a guy who has put several 2UZs in LCs so I'll have to learn more about what is required to make it work. The only real parameter is that the truck have an auto transmission (for the wife). I will never do a first-gen fuel injection system again (3FE) as I was strongly displeased with my last attempt. I also just don't have the heart to put a chevy product in a classic Toyota. I totally get why people do it, but it's just not for me. If I can't find a way to stay with a Toyota gasser, I will likely just push on with a diesel. BUT, I think I can make something else work.

Another idea I've got rattling around is the prospect of dropping a -55 body onto a -80 rolling frame. I am drawn to the better ride of the coils and more modern running gear that comes along with it.
I like the last idea the best.
 
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By the way I have some odds and ends and doors from a part-out, and I have a rolled 75 that I keep around just so I can figure out how to put my 74 back together - probably when my kids are away at college. If there's something there you urgently need let me know.
 
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