Toyota 60 Series LS1 Conversion

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 21:01
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Hi all got an old 60 series cruiser with the 3F motor in it, great bus but loves the petrol and is costing me a fortune to keep it going. it would be good to get a massive gain in power and better economy with the LS1 would turn it into a great 4x4 and daily drive. I know marks 4x4 do a conversion kit for this motor just wondering if anyone know the economy with this engine in the cruiser and any other tips with the conversion.

Thanks Bill
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Reply By: Madfisher - Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 21:45

Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 21:45
If you want better economy have a think about the imported lexus v8, much more hi tech then the old push rod lsi.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member - Anthony W Adelaide - Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 23:52

Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 23:52
Hi Bill, LS1 would be slightly better than what you have now as far as economy goes but you get a massive gain in torque and driveability. They go well with auto box. You may need to upgrade trans as well. Marks should be able to give you good advise there.

I reckon it would be a good investment if the rest of the 60 is in good nick. Then again I am an old petrol head from wayback. Cant beat the sound of a v8 either, and I bet its cheaper than upgrading to another vehicle.


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Reply By: ross - Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 23:57

Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 23:57
It will be cheaper to drive the 60 to death with the 3F.
These old engines love a carb rebuild by someone who knows what they are doing.
A valve adjustment can also help.

The V8 conversions are one for the fans who like sorting out thousands of little problems these conversions bring about.
The conversion kit is the cheap part(excluding the engine itself)
You have to think about keeping it cool,modifying the electrical system,getting the gauges to work,welding new engine frame mounts.
Other little headaches include keeping the starter motor from being cooked by the exhaust(it might not be a problem on the LS1,but it was on the old chevs)

The cheapest and best way might to buy an 80 series with a gas conversion.
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Reply By: aussiedingo. (River Rina) - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 08:13

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 08:13
G'day Bill, a Holly 350 does make quite a bit of a difference in performance & economy. At the moment I am manufacturing carburettor adapters to try a dual throat Weber from a unleaded XF Falcon, also a Carter from an early model holden HQ with an adjustable main jet, (the racing HQ Holdens with a standard single Carter carby. go around Bathurst quicker than a Falcon GTHO V8!!) regards,
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Jul 04, 2011 at 06:36

Monday, Jul 04, 2011 at 06:36
Think you mean a Stromberg Carbie on the HQ's. Only some HJ 253 V8's had a Carter as standard but they were 2 barrel. Cheers,Bob

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo. (River Rina) - Monday, Jul 04, 2011 at 07:54

Monday, Jul 04, 2011 at 07:54
Thanks tc, you're right, just an oltimerz moment, the Carter was a consideration at the time as well, regards
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