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Old October 4th, 2014, 12:02 AM
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Engine/Transmission swap Estimate?

Hoping to get a bit of insight on what I should expect to pay someone to swap an engine and transmission as well as expected time frame to complete the job. I'm sure the job details and costs would depend on many factors which would alter the estimate although a ballpark within reason is what I'm hoping to accomplish with this thread.

Subject truck is a Series IIa 109

Looking to do an automatic transmission conversion and make the job as easy and swap friendly as possible. Considering D2 drivetrain for the conversion as it seems there are many of them around and reasonably priced.

Thanks in advance for your feedback. Your advice and recommendations are appreciated. Located in NC.

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Old October 4th, 2014, 12:13 AM
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First off your going to have your work cut out for you trying to squeeze a V8 in that series engine bay. I know it's possible by relocating the engine mounts a little farther back, that gives you enough clearance to squeeze it in there. As for the trans tunnel you will have to replace that with a taller tunnel, and diaphragm also modifying the seat box to except it. I would also go with a 14cux wiring loom for easier install, and to reduce your costs a little. You can go 3.9, 4.2 or 4.6 while running the 14cux Ecu. Another issue that your going to run into is being RHD, not a big one but your going to have to get custom lines made if your running power steering. Good luck! It is definitely going to be a cool build! I have seen a couple series trucks with upgraded drive trains and they rock.
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$8,000 +/- depending on random factors.



I would do my best to talk you out of it
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Learn to drive stick and enjoy the vehicle for what it is not some Frankenstein mess.

If you did do this you'd need to upgrade the brakes as they wouldn't cope either ...

Probably the engine setup and slush box would add weight meaning you'd need to adjust the springs.

Custom exhausts for life?

The engine swap is only part of the story.
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My vote do NOT swap it looks like a nice truck being done with care you will devalue the truck substantially and cut out 80% of buyers who want a nice stock vehicle.I do this for a living and would pass up this job because of these reasons.
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A D2 drivetrain is not the best choice to begin with as making it work outside of a D2 is another big project. It is certainly not the sort of thing I would consider paying someone to do. The labour cost "do it right" would be massive. As other point out, then the axles are not suitable in any respect, brakes, steering....
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