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Ive got 2 choices to make. Their are plenty of aftermarket sources to get parts to rebuild the engine in the sami. If I dont get any huge suprises, I think I can put the engine back together rather affordably.
My other choice, is that I have a spare race engine sitting on a crate, that I could just drop in and go. Its a Toyota 3tc. 1770 cc's. The engine is a hemi, and is virtually the same size as the 1300 externally. Ive put v-8's and v-6 engines in all kinds of compact cars and trucks, so the mounts wont be a problem. I need to do some measuring overall to make sure I will have enough room between the transfer case and tranny for the shaft, and measure for shifter location for the Toyota 5 speed. The engine was raced in a tech division, so its cammed very mildly. I have an almost stock sounding idle, at 800 rpm's. 32-36 weber, msd6a ignition, very good head with good parts etc. The engine is strong, but over all wont have enough torque to make everything behind it a weak link. I also wont be adding much, if any total weight to the vehicle with this small hemi. Ive got 30 11.50 thornbirds going on, and factory gearing.
Ive just about talked myself into it. Has anybody seen problems ive over looked? Ive also considered using an automatic tranny behind the engine, but the clutch cable cant be that hard to mount to the Toy tranny.