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Old 06-21-2015, 08:56 AM
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Well, it's come time to start looking at my options for a new heart in my trusty 60. I had noticed that it just didn't seemed to have the pulling power it use to have and it wouldn't pass Boulder Counties emissions test, so I had Robbie do a compression test and scoped the cylinders and found that I've lost two cylinders. So, I've done a lot of soul searching and have considered the following options:

- Rebuild the 2F. ($4000-$6000)
- Find a low mileage used 2F and swap it in.(?)
- Source a Toyota Diesel, rebuild it and swap it in.($10,000 +)
- Do a crate SBC V8 swap to the existing H55 ($10,000 - $15,000)
- Replace the 60 with a 80, 100 or 200 series. ($8,000 - $50,000)
- Sell it and buy a Prius.....

I've spent a lot of time, energy and money on the "RhinoRide" and really love the old school platform and it's been on a lot of memorable adventures, plus I'm one of those guys that gets attached to his vehicle(s) and tends not get rid of them.

In the end, I really need a vehicle that's reliable, comfortable, capable and unique to support the needs of my company (ATC). We typically attend and support events throughout Colorado and west, so the vehicle needs to be able to do all the typical trails, highway and mountain passes in those area while still carrying vender gear and then making it back home with comfort and reliability, so I'm looking for advice from those that have experience with the 60 series platform on what would make it the perfect company vehicle.

Some additional considerations that would be important are:

- Air conditioning
- Cruise Control
- Upgraded seats
- Upgraded electrical system (AC/DC) for electronics
- New interior storage system for vender gear, camping gear and supplies.
- Improved camping system for speed of set-up and tear-down
- improved audio and internet systems.

Much appreciated!
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:14 AM
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With how great of shape your 60 is in, I'd keep it Toyota...either diesel or 2f. If you go with the 2f, have yours or another rebuilt to "better than stock" so you know what's in there and it's done for another few hundred thousand miles!

That's a beautiful truck Paul! Give her a new heart!
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Personally, I would just rebuild it but you have to decide what's best for you and your company. That's an awesome looking 60, if you do decide to sell, let me know.
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Lots of rave reviews for the 12HT conversion, but sounds like it's not cheap.

I also have a 60, and I like trying to keep things Toyota, so going the 2F rebuild route would probably be my decision, especially since I'm familiar with it and being able to troubleshoot things while on the road/trail is important to me. I've had 3 FJ40's and 2 FJ60's, so I'm sort of mentally committed to the old 2F. Going to a completely new power plant would require learning a lot of new info!
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The cheapest and most reliable route would be to move to a 100. However, since the truck is used to help promote the ATC brand, I think the 60 is the best choice due to its cool retro appeal.

If you were satisfied with the 2F performance up until recently, I'd go with a refreshed used 2F. A nice minor improvement would be to switch to fuel injection and build a 2FE or find a 3FE from a FJ62.
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You'd have to pour at least $10k plus in mods to the 100 to make it half as cool as your 60. I like the idea of going injected as Bruce has mentioned or the 12HT is ultra bad to the bone! Drive DanS 60 w the 12ht if you wanna really sell yourself!

Not cheap though, but maybe cheaper soon with more being imported.
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However, since the truck is used to help promote the ATC brand, I think the 60 is the best choice due to its cool retro appeal
I agree, which is why I think the 60 body on the 100 chassis is the way to go.

100 is plenty capable for everything you want, with more power and better mileage than an 80, and just plain newer.
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The cheapest and most reliable route would be to move to a 100. However, since the truck is used to help promote the ATC brand, I think the 60 is the best choice due to its cool retro appeal.

If you were satisfied with the 2F performance up until recently, I'd go with a refreshed used 2F. A nice minor improvement would be to switch to fuel injection and build a 2FE or find a 3FE from a FJ62.
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If you decide to go with the V8 option, I know an independent mechanic in Colorado Springs that specializes in LS engine swaps. He does all the work himself, including building the custom harness. Let me know if you want his info. He could probably turn key it for around $10K. He helped me with my 87 FJ60 and 68 Camaro 5.3 LS engine swaps. Doug
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