Answers to most common asked Questions.
1.) What motor should I use?
You can choose from the vast variety of engines from Chevy to Ford. GM offer the Ram jet series to new crate motors. Adapters are offered for most motors. Do your research before you buy the motor. In this guide we will be installing a 1996 Chevy Vortec 5.7 (350ci) V8 into a 1986 Toyota 4x4 X-cab Pick up.
2.) Will my truck pass smog with a V8?
It varies by state. You need to check your state laws. You should install a newer motor than the one you are removing.
3.) How long does it take?
If you have all the parts on hand and are fairly mechanically inclined it should take you no more than 3-5 days.
4.) Do I need a lift kit on my truck?
Yes! You need the clearance for the V8 oil pan and the V8 is a lot heavier. 3-4” lift minimum.
5.) What about my Toy’s Transmission, Will it hold up to a V8?
Toyota ‘s 5 Speed Transmission is very durable and can handle V8 power. 85-95 are stronger and recommended. In this guide we are using a 4l60E auto that came with our V8.
6.) How strong is a Toyota Transfer case?
It should have no problems handling the power of a V8. You may need to up grade to a bigger out-put shaft. From our test we have had no problems yet.
7.) What Pump should I use for my power steering?
You can retain the stock Toyota Pump. You can either build a custom bracket or buy a bracket from a supplier on our list.
1.) Remove hood.
2.) Disconnect and remove Battery.
3.) Drain and remove radiator and fan shroud.
4.) Disconnect and remove Alternator.
5.) Disconnect Power Steering hoses from steering box..
6.) Disconnect Power steering pump from block and remove.
7.) Disconnect and remove AC Pump.
8.) Disconnect And Identify Oil Pressure and Temp. sending units.
9.) Disconnect Coil and Identify yellow wire.
10.) Remove coil and Igniter.
11.) Disconnect Throttle Linkage and ground strap at rear of motor.
12.) On fuel injected motors you must disconnect and remove injection wiring harness from motor.
13.) Check and remove any items left on motor.
14.) Double check the Transmission and T-case Supports.
15.) Remove motor mount bolts.
16.) Lift motor and divorce bell housing from rear of block.
17.) Remove motor from Toyota.
18.) Support transmission and T-case with jack.
19.) Remove eight bolts holding cross member to frame.
20.) Slowly lower and remove Transmission and T-case from under Toyota.
Note: With engine and transmission removed now is the time to clean and repaint frame, firewall and transmission tunnel.
1.) Now is the best time to install all brackets, accessories, and pulleys.
2.) Bolt on new motor mounts to block.
3.) Install Toyota sending units in V8 ( With Toyota being metric and Most V8 being Standard threads you Will need to purchase adapters. These can be found at most local hardware stores.)
4.) Install power steering pump and bracket.
5.) If you are using a fuel injected motor now is a good time to check and predetermine new wiring harness Configuration and layout.
Note: Do not install exhaust manifolds or headers at this time. This allows you more room to work and allows you to reach the motor mounts easier.