im putting all this up for those of you who are considering to do a v8 swap.
first of all i bought the truck as a project when i was 14 and had plans of it being a daily driver when i was 16. im now 19 and 3 motors, 2 transmissions, and 2 transfercases later i think i have it pretty well figured out by now.
Buying the truck as a pre-started project was a terrible idea to start with but it was the best looking toy i had ever seen and i knew it could be a nasty mud machine if i finished it. The 3.0 v6 had thrown a rod and the guy decided to do the v8 swap because he had many other trucks. Needless to say i had thrown myself on the fast track to being a crazed motor head.
The first motor was a efi lt1 out of a 93 camaro along with the 700r4 trans. the guy had a painless wiring harness and the computer so running all of that wasnt going to be a problem. he had bought the adapter to bolt up to the t case and the radiator from northeast. had drive shafts made to fit. He had cut as much of the toyota harness away(big mistake had gauges all over the truck because of this). i made up a custom gauge cluster for the truck if anyone wants pictures of that also. I finally got the truck running and to the point where it would start and had some final things left to tie up. the motor didn't have a fan pulley on a water pump so with the limited space to put in puller fans i ran pushers which didn't keep the motor cool for crap. i had it all together and running but was running a little hot for my liking but i didnt have much choice but to run it. so that motor went up and i went for 305 my buddy had. swapped it in and this time we put in a crazy low temp thermostat in to keep it cool and had electric for offroad and stuff and belt driven fans. ran great. in traffic or in the mud or whatever. it hit 200 once and that was mudding and in the deepest hole around. the motor was unstoppable pretty much. Then the trans went out. i knew it was coming because it was a 700r4. This is where the story takes a nasty turn. We had just gotten a new mechanic on the farm and he hated those transmissions with a passion and wanted to completely change everything. He knows his stuff and is the best around at what he does so we ended up buying a 72 blazer for 300 bucks and it ran. had the 350/th350/np205. the motor got ripped down and my dad told me to do the thing right. so we did and i got to build my first motor. this motor was dynod at 487 hp and 490 tq. the truck went back together and again the electric fans couldn't keep it cool. lucky we caught it very early and i had a friend who builds motors for a living help me out and got a new crank in it and got it back together. this is where it currently stands. i gotta say im not happy with the set up due to the high compression of the motor and the amount of rpms i have to turn with the 3 speed in order just to do 55 mph
(almost 2400). i have the stock ifs and rear with no mods. im here to answer any questions and i currently go to nc state but im from maryland. if anyone needs help in the area im more than happy to help someone out. so i know some people on here will have questions. ask away. if you need lots of help pm me
here are a few pictures of the motor build and a few of the truck since i got it until now