engine swap for 1981 Hilux petrol

Submitted: Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 00:22
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Hi guys, does anyone recommend a good engine swap for a 1981 Hilux petrol single cab well body ute?
I know I should trade up to a 3.0l turbo diesel, but I cant part with the ol girl!!
I was hoping to put her on gas, but she is so slow I think gas will make her stop.

So anyone with any ideas to keep this old beast on the road with a new engine would be most appreciated

Regards

Alan
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Reply By: Poida4x4 - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 03:13

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 03:13
Mine was an '82 but had the 2.8L Diesel in it. Twoz very reliable, efficient and had plenty of power. Don't know how hard/easy it'd be to fit too a petrol one. Mine came out of a wrecked '96 model with the 5spd box as well...
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Reply By: ross - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 09:12

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 09:12
The V6 commodore is the most popular and successful swap but would you really want to invest all that money in a 81 hilux?
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 10:34

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 10:34
Had some friends do the v6 swap from a commodore the motor had 150,000 kms and a warranty for 6 months for $600 , so even with adapters for engine mount and i think bellhousing was all finished under $1000 , good improvement for the older sluggish motors.
Not sure but marks adaptors may have a conversion kit available?
1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 17:50

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 17:50
Gday
Apparently the 5m 2.8l 6 cylinder from the early cressida bolts infront of the gearbox if you use a 6 cyl bell on it. But then your box will be a 4 speed, so probably the best option is the v6 dunnydore motor and 4 speed auto. You could theoretically pick up a who;e car on gas for 1k (damaged) at www.pickles.com.au
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Reply By: Poida4x4 - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 19:25

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 19:25
I forgot about the Holden V6 conversions. They sound like a good way to go...
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Reply By: Allfour4x4 - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 21:07

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 21:07
alanrichards,
We looked at going down that road with Mark's kit in our old '88 Lux 2.4D. Was going to cost nearly $2000.00 plus an engine!!
Didn't bother. IMHO trade up, you won't miss the old girl!!
Glenn B.
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