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Old 11-03-2015, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got an 87 Montero with a bad 2.6l

I just picked up a decent 87 Montero (2.6l with auto)and I need a little direction. I am leaning towards rebuilding the stock motor if the bottom end is still good or possibly a complete 22RE swap including rears/tranny/tcase since I have a donor rig. Anyone ever do a similar swap? Aftermarket is much better for Toys vs Mitsubishi.
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If you convert everything to Toyota drivetrain, are you going to do solid front axle? Diff is on the driver's side in the front.

The 2.6L is a strong enough engine, mains and rod bearings are industrial strength. Your options with the automatic could be a Starion turbo conversion, or later 2.4L EFI conversion, good for several ponies more than the NA 2.6L.

The 87 short wheel base swaps we've seen have included Hummer (93 Four Wheeler Top Truck Challenge), 6.0L Caddie swap ala 777 on 4x4wire, 350 Chevy conversion ala shortening a GMC 3/4-ton, turbo swaps belonging to many folks on 4x4wire, 4.3L Chevy ala Land Raider, and numerous others. I almost swapped to a Ford 302 but funds / time were never together.
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There isn't much after market for the Monteros and what you do find is twice as much and comes out of Australia. If all you want is a mild wheeler then rebuilding the stocker will work ( Ive flogged mine and its held up). The first wall you'll hit is the low range in the t case and the gearing in the axles. If you have a donor toyota and want to do the SAS Id go for it. Im looking at doing a 4.3 with dana 44's in my four door.
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Thanks for the info guys. I got a lead on a motor in North NJ. It's a Starion motor with turbo. He is asking $350 for it, but I will also need the ECU and wiring to hook it up, but that may be down the road. I just picked up a Montero factory service manual on ebay for $14 shipped.

Are there any things/tricks I need to know regarding pulling the motor?
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If you convert everything to Toyota drivetrain, are you going to do solid front axle? Diff is on the driver's side in the front.
Yeah, I have a solid axle from a 1983 Toyota pickup at my dad's shop. The main reason I am even considering this route is because one, I have the parts, and two the aftermarket is WAY better with Toyota.

I am still on the fence, but I am teetering on going the stock route. I will definitely leave the Toyota parts on the shelf for the future.
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