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got a line on a wrecked 97 ford with a turbo diesl motor and the 6sp trans...so will find out if I is going to be up for sale... any body have any ideas on it fitting in my 1981 bronco?

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And how much are you thinking of spending for that combination? Depending on miles I would think you would be shelling out $4000- or 5K, eh? Then you would have to think of all the electronics, unless that was all included. Would your current front/rear drivetrain be up to task? Need much heavier front end components, that combo would weigh a ton...hhhmmmm I like diesels, but the hassle seems immense. how about cooling? Fuel delivery?
Is it a direct bolt up to the Bronco Frame, probably needs some extensive mods there also. Wow, good luck

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if u can get the whole truck, it will be a lot of work, but it would be awesome. i think most of the parts would transfer over, as the frames are quite similer. plow springs should hold up the extra weight, and i would swap at least the rear axle, as the 9 inch wont hold up for too long, but at least you dont ahve an 8.8 like me. if you do it, keep me informed, as i am eitehr buying a diesel truck, or another truck and a diesel to swap in, after i sell this truck.


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Re: Turbo diesl possiblities

I dropped a Powerstroke/ZF into my 80. This is not a cheap or easy project. Plan on at least $5k for the engine/tranny. You will also need all the controls for the diesel and any plumbing (air, fuel, etc) a different rad support system and serious frame and suspension mods. Check out my Thor project in this forum. I'm into it for over $40k already and I don't have even have any drivetrain yet. I will admit, I went a bit overboard on some things, but just a bit. Would I do this again? Probably, but that's just me. Masochism runs rampant in my family. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

For a little simpler turbo diesel swap, try the Nissan engine from a Scout II. Because your 81 is a pre-computer truck, its more likely to be successful than with a newer rig.

A friend of mine threw a 6.2L into his K-5. Later he added a Banks turbo and (god only knows the brand) an inter-cooler. That thing makes gobs of power and gets awesome milage to boot (even on 35s). Its a simple swap, but still costly. The D in diesel stands for Dollars

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