call us asking about this or that modification. There are some that
we have seen, or have been told about. We are ALL different, what
works for one, might not work for another.
One of the
most common questions is V-8 conversions.
Conversion - A lot of people out there have a non stock engine in their
Land Cruiser. Our opinions vary on this. We have owned some
converted trucks that we really liked, while there were others that just
didn't seem right. There are several things to think about with engine
- Depending on Engine type and size this can vary. V-8 generally
will increase speed. This can be good, could be bad. Land Cruisers'
suspension may not handle the extra speed. The best conversions we
have driven have been bare bones motors. They give added speed and
highway ability, without over doing it. If we do a conversion, we
suggest using a 350 GM V-8, infact we sell Factory Rebuilt Target Master
Price - This
can be deceiving, a V-8 can be found cheaper than a 2F, no question there.
The price comes in with the conversion components. 3 spd Land Cruisers
are cheaper to convert, while later models require several things; bell
housing adapter, clutch slave relocation, cooling issues, motor mounts,
metric to standard fitting, etc. Generally, conversions are as expensive
as rebuilding the original engine.
Torque - The
stock inline-6 is pretty torquey down low, where as the V-8's power comes
on later. This is a toss up to what your desired results will be.
Parts - The
V-8 wins here, hands down. You can find water pump or set plugs in
just about any parts store in America. The 2F is a little harder,
but YOU KNOW, you can always call JT Outfitters and it'll be on its way.