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 Post subject: Re: 2.6 engine swap
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:10 am 
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What did you do to the radiator to provide the needed extra cooling? Mine looks entirely too small for a 2.6, plus it looks like it might need to be moved forwards some.

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 Post subject: Re: 2.6 engine swap
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:37 pm 
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I have not changed over the radiator yet, am still using the 1.8 since it is still cold around here. But before winter is over I plan on putting in the 2.6 radiator am just going to cut the old bracket and possibly use them again but might have to make my own. I have plenty of room between my fan and radiator with using the stock 4spd tranny, how did you mount your engine?


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 Post subject: Re: 2.6 engine swap
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:30 pm 
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I don't have a 2.6 in my LUV, but had thought about it. I do know you don't want to let a 2.6 overheat, they tend to shed headgaskets, so I figured some radiator mods would be in order. My fan only clears the radiator by about 1" now, so I assumed the larger engine would be even closer.

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 Post subject: Re: 2.6 engine swap
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:19 am 
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so i need is a 4x4 2.6 ?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:06 am 
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That is the engine that i used, would guess the only difference would be oil pan on a 2wd 2.6. So are you planning on keeping it fuel injected? or going to put on the 2.3 intake and be carb?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:05 am 
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i want the EFI


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:26 pm 
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what about using the 2.6 block and lower end, a 2.3 head & the EFI intake & exhaust manifolds, ecu, etc from the 2.6 so it would have higher compression for more power + have the efficency boost and tunability of EFI.

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I used a 2.3 oil pan on my 2.6 and it seems to be rubbing the diff on my 1980 4x4 LUV. Anyone else have this issue?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:50 am 
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knighthawk79 wrote:
I used a 2.3 oil pan on my 2.6 and it seems to be rubbing the diff on my 1980 4x4 LUV. Anyone else have this issue?

Did you use a 2wd or 4wd oil pan? They are different shapes.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:49 am 
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I ended up using the 2wd oil pan. I just knew I read somewhere that you had to use the 2.3 pan but no one ever specified the 4wd one. I pulled it back out last night and am going to try to use the one from the 2.6 like trail_racer did. Hopefully that works, otherwise I have to go searching for a 4wd 2.3 pan.

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