Putting a new 1HDFT engine into a 60 Series

Submitted: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:54
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I own a 1985 landcrusier with a 2H diesel engine,w/330,000 on the clock.
90% of my driving is on the road,(sydney trafic and the hwy) and the 4x4 driving
I do is 90% on the beach. The 2h's gota go as its just to guttless (only 76kw when new!) she dosent like hills, and always wants to drop back into 2nd on the soft sand.

What Id like to do, is install a brand spankin new 1hdt or 1hdft turbo diesel (the t/ diesels out of the 80 Series) into my 60Series. Ive heard I can get one from toyota for under $8500 (is this true?)

My questions are:1. Will either of these engines eaisly "drop in" or am I looking
at a install/conversion little different than, say, putting in a V8
from a holden or chev,etc? (I mean here costs,labour
times,adaptor kits,etc)

2.Once Ive rusted the old girl out (certianly within 2 or 3 more
years of regular beach use) will the engine and adaptors
easily drop into another 60 without to many hassells.

Any advice is much appreciated

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 23:05

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 23:05
The total conversion with engineers, will cost you over $15k.

$8500 for motor (there was something in a mag about 12 mths ago on this, but might all be sold by now)
$ 500-1000 for mounting kit
$ 500-1000 for new exhaust system
$ for other things you never think of
How good is radiator? gearbox? clutch? will they fit?? if not theres $1000's more
$ $500 for engineers
Things never go right first time, (mate did a Vs V6 into a Hilux, last time I spoke to him the conversion was well over $15,000 and still wasnt right)
$ for extra on insurance etc etc

You could sell your truck, and buy an 80 series or GQ with less klms and hassles and have the motor standard, plus more comforts for the same sorta $ as selling yours and puttin the $ from conversion towards the 80 or a GQ..

Call Sandy Bowman at Aust4wd Specialists in Bayswater Vic,or Rod McCormack at Total4wd Center in Epping Vic, they are both extreme comp drivers, and own shops that do many of these mods.

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Reply By: Michael - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 08:33

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 08:33
Hi Gunzo, Even if its 10 k, is it worth spending that on a 20yo truck, Maybe better to up grade, By the time you get your monies worth out of your 10k, it will be 25yo and its value even less, I think i would upgrade, Michael
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 12:24

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 12:24

The brand new Toyota motors are a partial engine ie head to sump but no bolt ons so you would need to buy manifolds, turbo etc.
You would be better off buying the new 2H and then an aftermarket turbo if you really want to go that way but I am sure that upgrading would be more economical.
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Reply By: Cruiser88 - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:00

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:00
Hey Scott
After market turbo may be the way to go but don't forget an old mator under new and increased pressure can cause problems, like an engine rebuild. next option explore the idea of dropping a HT12 in if you can find one I'm fairly sure the Saharas had them about that time (correct me if I'm wrong) This option can cost you about $8500 for a rebuilt complete motor but they are an excellent donk. It may be an old truck but they're tougher than nails and will take beating.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Friday, May 14, 2004 at 23:36

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 23:36
The old 2h was never a race motor, but the other factory turbo donk was tough!
Called the 12ht, it will bolt straight in, and you wont be sorry, something like 100kw and better economy than the 2h
Best to buy a wreck with one in it and sell the rest you dont need
check out www.pickles.com.au
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