hdfte 4.2td

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 17:19
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hi guys just after your thoughts of a 04 hdfte 4.2td with 180,000 ks into 94 80 series,what issues should i worried about.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:47

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:47
I think the hardest thing will be the wiring.Great engine and a pretty easy conversion.
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:11

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:11
where is the hdfte coming from? 100 series? or ute or pc. if it is coming from 100 series wiring will be more difficult. ute or pc the dash should screw into 80 so the speedo will be calibrated. ute and pc harnesses can be easily stripped of engine harness and taped into the 80 harness.and makes wiring a bit easier.
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:17

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:17
A few things I would consider before lashing out with the big ones.....

1. Where has this engine come from? If from a rollover, I would want to see the engine running as they often keep running with the engine going upside down and this stuffs them.

2. Is the cost of the engine swap worth it for the condition of the rest of the car? I once went through this and came to the realization that I would be grossly overcapitalizing the car. Remember that even though the car may still have great running gear etc, that the rest of the car still wears out ie door hinges, latches, steering components, gauges, electrical bits and pieces, rattles, squeaks, rust (that often cant be seen from the outside).I would be surprised if you got any change from about $15k with a project like this....all spent on a car worth $??7-10k max?

3. From my understanding the basic engine swap isn't too difficult, but the electonics from this motor is complicated. Is the engine from 79 series (ute) or 100 series (wagon) as if from a 100 series, there is extra complications with electronic stuff.

4. Are you going to do most of the work yourself or get someone else to do it? Labour costs kill these sorts of projects.

4. Reliability once it's completed. Is the gearbox up to the job? Will the rest of the drivetrain handle the extra power and torque?

These are just a few things I can think of, but I'm sure there will be other opinions on this subject and I will watch with interest.


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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:26

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:26
Personally I'd seek out a 1HDFT or 1HDT, the 1HDFT had a lot better reputation than its earlier brother ,but the BIG plus on both of these is that they are mechanically injected, not elctronically controlled like the 1HDFTE.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:42

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:42
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!

If you can find one, they will be MEGA DOLLARS and IMO not worth it, given their age and the number of km likely travelled.

I found one about a year ago when I was going through this thought process and the wrecker wanted $12k..... !!!!!!!!! The motor had done nearly 200k km. Forget it!

I do agree, however, that if you could find one, the conversion would be a snap...just bolt it in and away you go..... no electrickery and no computers to stuff up the HF radio....

If you find a low k's one for anywhere near reasonable dollars, please let me know too.

Oh and by the way, be careful of half cuts from OS as I have heard that the km magically disappear from the odo!??!?


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Reply By: Member - kane c (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:46

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:46
thats really my main concern, will the gearbox and driveline handle the transplant going into a car that is ten years older.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:06

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:06
Id go for a complete engine/g-box and transfer, then you know where your at.
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