Great topic and article, Kyle! I began my first engine swap when I bought a 1987 Landcrusier. It had 220,000 miles on it when the gal driving it decided to blow a connecting rod out the side of the 600 pound Stock I-6 engine. I decided to put something else into the 4,400 pound machine. I began with a small block Throttle Body 350 out of a wrecked 1987 Scottsdale pickup. I tore into the engine and decided to upgrade a little. I found a guy up the street who sold me a whole top end of a TPI engine out of a C5 Corvette for an ounce of herb! It was missing a couple things to get it going, like parts for the serpentine belt system, including a "wishbone" style alternator bracket, and computer and wiring. I learned a lot during this process, but that is a whole other story. I found an engine adapter from Marks Adapters in Australia, so that the 350 fit right up against the Toyota four speed manual, a sweet, but expensive bellhousing at $2,500 back in 2008. I did get the fuel injected engine to fire up in this Landcruiser, and it drove like a champ with a small 3 inch lift and 35" Meats. It lacked a few items to make it CA smog legal, so I registered it in Oregon state w/o any troubles at all. Anything in Oregon that is 25 years or older, is exempt from smog. This beast was amazing on and off the road with plenty of power, even though at that time, 250 HP was about all I could get out of it. It ripped around, guzzling gallons upon gallons of high octane fuel. It was truely amazing until it got totally burned up in the Camp Fire in 2018. The entire town of Paradise was leveled, including all my projects for over 30 years. I am beginning a fresh life on 27 acres of vacant land, and have dreams of getting a shop together, so I can begin my next engine swap. It will take some time to gather up enough hand and fabrication tools I had already gathered in my life before the wildfire. My next engine swap project will hopefully happen when my 1993 F350 wears out the 460 in it with 185,000 miles. I am considering either a 7.3L diesel, or a Cummins 4BT turbo'ed 4 cylinder. I have already put a 4BT into a 1963 Gladiator Willys pickup and so I have some experience with this engine. Another swap that is in my future is replacing the 6 cylinder, with three on the tree in my 1965 two door Biscayne. It was my highschool car that I rebuilt the engine to stock condition in 1992. Now, with just over 1/2 million miles on it, it does not smoke, but it is pretty much ready to have a swap to maybe a 4 or 6 cylinder Vortec engine and a 6 speed tranny. Thanks again, Kyle, for bringing back some memory lanes in my engine swap history, it will continue to inspire me to do something not many people can, or would even want to do!
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Where's the old FLH duo-glide Panhead? I wish I still had mine, although my knee thanks me to not kick that old bike over, but I was silly and sold the beauty for only $40K. That was 10 years ago& I haven't seen one like it since then.
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