Nice car. This should be an interesting project. Let us know how it turns out. I've got a 99 Galant with that engine in it. It is a very good engine from my experience. The only thing I don't like is the auto transmission. In a lightweight car like that it should haul!
Now does the Montero get the 2tc?
Mark, thats heck of an engine choice! :shock: Should be a cinch for you, man, after seeing your other work on the other cars. Nice pick for a power plant. I know everyone was recommending you to put a 4AGE, but you wanted something different.
:lol: Would you want to drive a 4000 lb truck with less than 100hp (and 2 speed toyoglide)? :lol:Originally Posted by whit
Mike, when I asked for input on a Toyota board, I got exactly what I expected. That is, "why not use the T engine" or, like you said, "go 4AGE", even though I explaned my reasons for NOT wanting to go that route. I'm not going to lie, I'm not the biggest Toyota fan in the world. I think they make some cool cars, but much prefer Datsuns and Mitsu's(Dodges). With that said, the 2 door wagons are kinda unique and I figured it would be a fun build. This will be a driver for my wife, so I wanted the power and smoothness of a V6 engine and she much prefers automatics. Now, I am well aware either of the aforementioned Toyota 4 cylinders can make the power the V6 makes (175), but at what cost, both money wise and driveability. This also does not take into account the torque the Mitsu V6 makes. The overriding reason for going this way is simply for individuality, however, I would not have hesatated to go another way had the engine and trans not fit as well as it does. After all, I do want to finish the car and drive it rather then spend a lot of time fabricating stuff for a difficult swap. I bought the running "donor" for a very good price and figure by the time I sell whatever parts and the scrap value, I will have paid about $500-750 for the engine, trans, wiring, and computer. And I get the benefit of knowing this is a good running combo with no issues.
Is the white ke30 coupe in the background of the 1st photo yours too?
That is going to be one ultimate SLEEPER/grocery getter. Glad to hear your wife likes or (loves) driving our kinds of cars. My wife will not even test drive or try driving my old school cars or let alone sit in the passenger seat without a silly comment :lol: . She does help me when I do need to bleed the brakes or if I need an extra hand :mrgreen: .Originally Posted by Datsunrides
It's actually a Datsun 1200. Have had it for almost 15 years!Originally Posted by crown69
Hey Mike, my wife is similar. She won't go in ANY of the unrestored cars or any that don't have at least new upholstry! And I still get silly comments from her. At least your will help bleed brakes. Mine I had to bribe. Now I have a might vac and speed bleeders! I did get to go yarding today and found some items that I hope will ease the install further. Got a steering rack from an AW11 to try out and grabbed a upper intake, left exhaust manifold, and valve cover with an oil fill cap (the Montero has a remote fill setup) from a 95' Chrysler Cirrus with a mitsu 2.5 V6. Looks like it should bolt on pretty well and save some fabrication time. Hope to put in some time over Thanksgiving and will post some pics of progress if I do.
Well, made some more progress over Thanksgiving. The AW11 rack would have taken more work than I wanted to do to make work, so I "modified" the stock steering to work. I took a "shortcut" and simply lengthened the steering stops. I only lost about 1/2 turn from full lock and I can live with that. The Chrysler intake did it's part in allowing me to close the hood. I will have to fab up a new connection for the throttle body as the intake angles the throttle body mount right at the water outlet and there is no way to bolt on the throttle body. Pretty easy fix with a little welding. The Chrysler exhaust manifold bolted on nicely and avoids the steering box. Started modifying the trans crossmember and should have that, along with the motor mounts fabbed up and welded by the end of the week (hopefully). Looks like I can use the stock 2TC rubber mounts and simply cut and relocate the frame mounts back about 3" or so. Spend a day stripping the Montero of its shifter and instrument cluster and started the tedious task of pulling the wiring harness for the fuel injection/trans control/instrument cluster (no turning back now!). Still have about a full day of tracing wires to make sure everything is accounted for. Still will need to slice and dice the sway bar to clear the oil filter. (kinda need that) Overall, I'm quite pleased the swap has gone so smoothly so far. I hope to be able to fire it up before the end of Feburary, as there are still a lot of thing that need to be done, not the least of which is transplanting the wiring and installing an internal fuel pump. I will try and get some pics up soon. I know everyone love pics!
what about relocating the oil filter?