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 Post subject: 80 LUV Engine Swap
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:32 am 
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Recently bought an 80 4x4 4 speed LUV, got into the engine and seems it is not holding compression :? :? took the carb off and sprayed fluid into the intake, the closest I got to starting was a "whhop" like pop.. more like a backfire. Check distributor etc but nothing worked.

That being said, I am considering doing a full drivetrain swap to a jeep inline 4.0 5 speed. Thoughts? I am sure I will have to cut the firewall, but I am pretty good with fab work.

What about the Isuzu pup engines? would the 2.6 bolt to my current drivetrain without modification? Or is the drop on the wrong side?


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 Post subject: Re: 80 LUV Engine Swap
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:48 am 
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Isuzu 2.3 or 2.6 will "bolt in" with their mounts. And use your trans but you would be better off with the 5 speed and tcase they come with.
2.6 is efi 2.3 is carbed. You can use 2.3 intake to carburate a 2.6. Tons of information here on the site as it has been done several times

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 Post subject: Re: 80 LUV Engine Swap
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:57 am 
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Thank you love4theluv. I have been trying to read up on the 2.6 swap as much as I can find here on the forums. Just hard to gather it all in one spot.

I was reading a thread about using the 2.3 manifold to carb the 2.6. The 2.6/2.3 swap look to be the usual route.. if I can get a working one from the local pullapart maybe I can do it pretty cheap.


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 Post subject: Re: 80 LUV Engine Swap
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:26 pm 
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I think i have most ofthat info compiled for a sticky thread i was working on. Will see if i can find the file

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1993 Lexus SC400 my DD
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 Post subject: Re: 80 LUV Engine Swap
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:24 pm 
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Thanks! I will continue to read up on what I can find. Looked through one of your threads yesterday, pretty informative.


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