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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:40 pm 
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So I felt the need for a year round, all weather, practical backup, mini pickup. I've been looking at toyota since I sold mine, but it seamed they were all crazy money for what you were getting. I also wanted to fine a replacement vehicle for the vanagon. Something a little more cable off road, cheaper parts and easier to work on.

Finally a customer of ours had this little gem for sale. It was well within my price range and seemed like a solid truck to start with. Its an '85 frame and axles/drivetrain ( the good stuff) and a '94 craptastic cab placed on top.

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I've used it for some light chores and this past hunting season, but lately noticed signs of it needing a head gasket... Rather then rebuild or replace the wimpy 22re I saw an excuse to swap in an AEB... Now its become a project :D

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Pulled the engine from my rabbit :roll:

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And, thats as far as I got :wrench:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:18 pm 
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I don't know if you noticed, you you're putting the engine in the wrong end of the truck in the picture above. Glad we are here to help guide you.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:39 pm 
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Steve, you're just jealous that your truck won't have the pulling power that this one will....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:52 pm 
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1.8 liter :blueroll:

Smallest truck engine I've ever heard of.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:40 pm 
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what about 1.6na diesel vw truck? most gutless vehicle ever

interested to see this project running!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:12 pm 
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I thought if one simply placed an engine close enough to a vehicle, magic swap gnomes took care of the rest? :?

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Funny bunch we got here. Anyway engine is now on the shop floor with adaptor plate bolted up. Guess I need to pull the old engine this week.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:32 pm 
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steering wheel still on upside down?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:30 am 
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VtGTI wrote:
Steve, you're just jealous that your truck won't have the pulling power that this one will....


You got me.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:42 pm 
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Elmer Fudd wrote:
steering wheel still on upside down?


Haha yes and it bugs the crap out of me. Screw holding the airbag on is stripped.... Thats about as far as got trying to fix it. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:51 pm 
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Well AEB mated up to the transmission. Need to work on engine mounts next. I was worried it be a tight fit, but it's much smaller then the 22re.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:08 pm 
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So this is what I did for my engine mounts. Larson had some plate and tubing around and this is what I came up with. The poly bushings came from Summit and fit in the tube nicely. Not a ton of progress but many pictures :D

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This is how I want to mount to the truck frame and then box it in.

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Test fit and tack. Still need to cut all the old stuff off.

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Back out and all welded up ready for paint. I Also put together a decent ko3 from two "junk" turbos thanks to Kevin and Joe. :coolbeer:

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I also bought a fancy t-case crossmember to help keep the drivetrain level... But ordered the wrong one. Pretty.

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Engines officially in. So I stared mocking the rest up and working on an exhaust. Things are too tight to run it on the passenger side so I'm going over the tranny, Then down where the factory system went. Hopefully it doesn't get too hot. Going to wrap it in header wrap. This is the route that the adaptor company suggests.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:07 am 
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I've seen some similar exhaust routing on some tdi swapped toyotas...it's tight, but if you clearance it as much as possible it should be ok with wrap

using stock management?


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There seems to be enought room for that 2.5" pipe. The body lift helps and I moved the drivetrain up and forward ( forward by mistake). My real consern was the plastic coolant neck on the back of the head.

Yep keeping it all stock as possible with the unitronic flashed ecu.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:56 pm 
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Got a little done this weekend. Exhaust is done. Crossmember and skid plate installed. Then a spacer as a temporary fix for my rear driveshaft being maxed out. Changed my fancy aluminum oil pan out for a steel one. Plumbing and wiring left.

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The frame rust is worse then I first thought. I took a hammer to the rest of the frame and this seems to be the only spot... Got some plating to do before I start driving it again. :cry:

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