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Old 01-24-2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Engine and Tranny Swap (together)

I'm sorry if I'm missing a thread but after searching I can't find anything regarding the question that follows. I recently purchased a 1996 SR5 5VZ/Auto. The tranny is shot and there are 235k miles on the original engine. I happened to stumble across an identical truck w/175k that has been wrecked for next to nothing and was considering buying that one in order to swap both the engine and transmission. It also has a lot of other parts that would make swapping into mine and then parting out the second vehicle very enticing price and convenience wise.

My question is, can I pull the engine and tranny as a single unit? I've done this before with my 81 camaro and a couple of old trucks but this transmission is massive and I don't know if you can get it all out in one piece. I plan on swapping the radiator while I'm at it and tearing down the front end isn't a problem but I don't know if I'll be able to clear the radiator mount. I've got a mechanic buddy that is willing to help me do the wrenching but he doesn't think we can squeeze it out so I thought I'd come here and ask. Thanks in advance.
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I think you'll need to seperate the transfer case off the back of the trans, but other than that and pulling the rad (more for it's own protection) I believe you can pull them up and out together.
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I really hope that's the case. I'm almost resigned to just swapping the trans out at this point and pulling the motor from the donor to do a top end rebuild on it while I part out the rest of the donor vehicle... after I pull the parts I need. Even so, I'd much rather prefer to pull it as one unit and swap it right out. I can always do the top end 40-50k down the road when I'm not sitting around with two extra vehicles in the driveway.
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You can in theory but you might have a problem getting the engine/tranny high enough with normal engine lifts.
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I tried to get the engine and trans out in one piece on my 01 tacoma 4x4 and was a failure. The height of the truck and the lift of the normal engine crane make it impossible. There may be a trick to it but you will probably have less aggravation if you drop trans them lift engine
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Turns out the donor truck was a complete bust and in terrible shape all around so I passed there. I dropped the pan on my transmission and after washing almost a half inch of mud out of the pan and cycling 20 new quarts of fluid through it it seems to be running fine. It'll probably crap out in the near future but for now it's alright. Hopefully I can make it last a few months. My brother is in the process of building a new shop and has everything I'll need for a proper swap once he's finished. That way I'm not pulling everything out in my driveway.
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