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bubb rubb 03-16-2003 08:22 PM

mini truck v8 swap?
Hi how is it going I am new here well i have 2 questions?
1) I have a 1985 Isuzu Pickup i was toying with the idea of a v8 swap (i know the s-10 swap is more common but i like being diffrent) well my question is has anyone heard of this or tryed this????

2) I have seen lots of websites about small block swaps into mini trucks I was wondering if it is at all possable to stuff a big block in there?
(i ask this b/c i got a 425 that is just begging to be put in something like a truck)

5.0Towncar 03-17-2003 01:04 AM

No, but....Whistles go woo woo woo woo....Steve

62slantsix 03-17-2003 01:06 AM

If there is a will there is a way. The main consideration with putting in a big block is the amount of reinforcing wich would be required. Even larger cars, let alone a mini truck require heavy reinforcing of the chassis and or body to compensate for the weight and power of a big block. Your main consideration i suppose would be weather or not you wanted to spend the extra money on reinforcing the car as opposed to buying a new engine.

Mini trucks are very popular here in AUS. Some of the more common engine swaps are new holden (GM for you guys) 6 cylinder engines and lexus V8 are also becoming popular. The good thing about new engines is you get good power and great economy. ALos have you considered a turbo option maybe an RB20 motor or a twin turbo supra motor, you could just by a half cut from an import and you would have all the ecu wires and stuff.

Back to the big block idea i assume you would need to cut out the inner guards to allow for the headers and maybe even recess the firewall. Then you would have to fit in a tranny as well. Seems like heaps of work and remember big blocks way a ton, so really for all the extra work and the added weight, i can't see the benifit. I think your money would be better spent on a smaller engine be it a V8 if you really want and you could sell your big block to gain some coin for the new engine. Remember what you save in mods for the big block you will be able to use on a newer more suited engine.

[ March 17, 2003: Message edited by: 62slantsix ]</p>

tm454 03-17-2003 01:34 AM


Todd :rolleyes:

Rat Rods Rule!

bubb rubb 03-17-2003 05:56 AM

well as far as putting in a newer motor that is out of the question i dont like messing with all that wireing crap. so my main question would be is an Isuzu Pickup have the same mounts as an s-10 isnt Isuzu made by gm i am not sure who makes them and no one i asked seemed to know

Weimer 03-17-2003 06:16 AM

Newer Isuzu Hombre and newer Chevy S10, are basically the same truck with different front sheet metal, but as far as the older ones go...not sure.

Shefron 03-17-2003 10:37 AM

Well if you have access to a welder then the mounts will be no trouble. Cut your orignal mounts off the frame and then move them to where they are need and weld back in. Then attach the mount of the V8 on those ones. Wish I could have done it that way on mine but brother accidently destoryed mine when cutting them.

oreocreaming 06-01-2009 11:23 AM

V8 isuzu swap
if you have any questions your more then welcome to e mail me. i did a swap into a 92 rodeo. simple, straight forward swap. dont let people fool you, its not as hard as they think.

1ownerT 06-01-2009 04:25 PM


Originally Posted by oreocreaming
if you have any questions your more then welcome to e mail me. i did a swap into a 92 rodeo. simple, straight forward swap. dont let people fool you, its not as hard as they think.

Check the date on this thread, last post was over 6 years ago. OP is likely long gone.

gilaman 03-01-2011 07:23 PM

Hey Hey HEY!
I am starting my swap on a 1990 P'up. I have some guidance from oreocreaming and am ready to begin.

Follow my progress and chime in on the facebook page.

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