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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:53 pm 
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Guess its time to start a project thread. Plans for the truck are to just make it look decent, and be serviceable for hauling range cubes for the cattle, and mending fences. Nothing too fancy.

Cleaned out the bed from the parts truck. Bed has been off the truck and sitting on the ground for 5 years. Before that, it had been sitting on the truck for about 15 years. The parts truck hadn't been moved since 1989 or so.

Bed is in a LOT worse shape than I thought. Its pretty rough. I can fix it good enough though. Not goin' for show quality. Just workable. Needs to be wire wheeled, sanded, and then covered in POR-15. Will probably end up spraying the bed white, then doing a roll in bedliner. More than likely black Durabak.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:50 pm 
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the tail lights r nice :P

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:30 pm 
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Should be picking these up this week for the low low price of a hundy! Tires are no good, but the rims look pretty bitchin'. If I can find some M/Ts, i'll probably run a 215/70r15. If I can't find an M/T in close to that size, I'll do a t-bar crank and run 235/75r15s.

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8) indeed. I find that these little trucks have a lot to give, so you'll do well with a LUV ranch truck.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:04 pm 
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eln1972luv wrote:
8) indeed. I find that these little trucks have a lot to give, so you'll do well with a LUV ranch truck.


It actually kinda sucks as a ranch truck. Can't pull the hay buggy worth a shit. I have to put it 4-lo to get moving, especially on any form of slope. For range cube, and fence building it should do alright, as long as we aren't doin' a long stretch of fence. Its looking like my '77 K20 will still see a lot of ranch time too.

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If you can get your hands on a decent 2.6 Isuzu 4 banger plus a 2.3 carb intake and electronic distributor/ignition module to bolt on it - you won't be worrying about lack of power any more.

It should bolt right up in your Luv with very little effort/mods and just about double your hp/torque. I don't know if any of the 4X4 luv owners here have ever done it - but it would seem to be a fairly easy swap. But don't quote me - 'cause I've never done it....yet. :ewink


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:53 pm 
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tumwatertaz wrote:
If you can get your hands on a decent 2.6 Isuzu 4 banger plus a 2.3 carb intake and electronic distributor/ignition module to bolt on it - you won't be worrying about lack of power any more.

It should bolt right up in your Luv with very little effort/mods and just about double your hp/torque. I don't know if any of the 4X4 luv owners here have ever done it - but it would seem to be a fairly easy swap. But don't quote me - 'cause I've never done it....yet. :ewink



I've actually though about trying that. I just gotta see what I can get a hold of. Does the 2.6L use the same motor mounts as the 1.8L? I know they share the same bellhousing pattern. If they physical bolt in to the exact same place, getting it running is a piece of cake. I just don't trust myself with fab work yet.

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Make sure you get the motor mounts with the 2.6 engine and between the two sets of mounts you should be able to get it to bolt in. As long as it sets straight, fairly level, and the oil pan or the fan isn't hitting anything - then you should be fine.


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tumwatertaz wrote:
Make sure you get the motor mounts with the 2.6 engine and between the two sets of mounts you should be able to get it to bolt in. As long as it sets straight, fairly level, and the oil pan or the fan isn't hitting anything - then you should be fine.


well hurry up and do the swap. So you can take a lot of pictures, and do an awesome write-up, so I can copy it. lol

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I'll get right on that.....

Then I'll have my people text your people....and we'll do lunch. :eugeek


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I'll get right on that.....

Then I'll have my people text your people....and we'll do lunch. :eugeek


I don't allow my people to text. I rule them with an iron fist. So send a carrier pigeon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:09 am 
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LOL... :lol:


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