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    Cool 1983 Mighty Max 4x4

    So I'm keeping the truck and buying a BMW to drive right now. My plans for the 4x4 are to rebuild or replace the engine, replace all the fluids, get the seats reupholstered, get new carpet, and possibly paint. I won't update until after I have bought the BMW (1974 BMW 2002) and can save up money to work on the truck. Thankfully I now have a full time job at a Pizza place and get paid $9.50 an hour. I can't wait to get it running and take it off roading. Sadly it doesn't have a name yet, any suggestions?

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    Do you know what kind of engine you want?
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    I don't know stock would be easiest especially with smog. That or swap in a diesel but that costs some serious money.

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    I have a 4D56 sitting on a pallet.

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    Sadly I don't but next time I go over to my friends house to work on it I will take some. It's orange and has a nice patina. The cylinder head is currently at the machine shop getting cleaned and honed. I'm replacing the head gasket, carb gaskets, and hopefully all of the cooling system other than the radiator before I start driving it. It's been sitting since 1995. They got it running and replaced a lot of parts, got new tires all to sell it and then the headgasket blew. So now I get to work on it and then buy it for cheep =)

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    So from a financial stand point would it be cheaper to try and find a running G54B or rebuild the current one I have. If I did rebuild it I don't have a garage or air tools would it be best to have a shop rebuild it and if so are there any shops in SoCal that do good work for a good price? Let me know I want to get the ball rolling so I can drive this thing!

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    Would this engine work in my 1st gen Mighty Max? http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-remanufa...3D231538400468

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    not if you are replacing the 2.6 - the one on ebay is narrow block
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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    not if you are replacing the 2.6 - the one on ebay is narrow block
    So the 1st gen 2.6 is a wide block? My block is blue and thought it was the narrow block. The transmission is wider than the block on both sides.

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    on 1st gen trucks, all automatic motors are narrow block (12.5" c/c on lower tranny holes). 2.6 5 spd motors are wide block (13.25") and 2.0 83 - 86 motors are narrow block regardless of tranny. The ebay motor is a 2.6 for a front drive caravan or k car - there are many differences between that motor and the truck 2.6. It can be made to work, but you have to know what the differences are to make it work. Definately not a drop in replacement - that is why it is so cheap - no one is going to put a motor in an 80s caravan or k car, and it won't fit the truck easily, or he would be asking 2-3 times what the price is.
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    Oh okay. I hope I can find something soon I want to get it running asap!

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    So I found another 1983 4x4 Mighty Max for $350. It had a little accident with a telephone pole but it still runs no problem. It also supposedly has a Warren Locker? My plan is to pick it up and swap engines and possibly put the manual trans in my truck. Am I going to have a problem fitting the manual trans under the auto body? I've heard that the transmission tunnels are different. Anyways i'm going to pick it up on May 9th! Now here a some pics. I'm not sure what engine that is though.

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    engine is a 2.0 l - the tranny is not a problem, but the tunnel will be with a stick,as the gas pedal is offset to the left instead of the right and will end up under the brake pedal when you swap in the manual pedal set. you have to use the manual gas pedal and massage the tunnel to give you room to fit it in, or use the auto tranny on the 2.0 - it will bolt right up as it is a narrow block motor.
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    How can the engine be a 2.0 if the trucks 4x4? I thought all 4x4 came with the 2.6. And I'm picking up the whole truck so I can swap the pedals. Will the transfer case on the transmission work no problem or will I have to swap them? And is the wiring for the 2.0 and 2.6 the same?

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    the telltale signs of it being a 2.0 are the plastic timing cover and the p/s pump being high up on the exhaust side of the block. Since you would have both trucks, any differences in the harness can be swapped from one truck to the other. Why not fit the wreaked one instead - its already running - and use the other as the parts truck? BTW - in 83 MMM came with 2.0 in the base 4wd and 2.6 in the SPX model.If you do swap the motor to your truck, use all the parts from the donor truck to ensure a match.
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    So if the frames not bent on the new truck just swap the cab and bed over? That's sounds like a good plan to me and if it needs any other parts I can just swap those over from the 4x4 I already have.

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    Thats what I would do
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    If you have an auto flexplate you want to part with after all your swapping, I want it. Desperately. (2.0, 6 bolt crank, 3 bolt torque converter)

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    I will have 2 trucks after this weekend. One is a 2.6 Auto and the other is a 2.0 Manual. I will be taking the body off the 2.6 and putting it on the frame of the 2.0. I will then have a bare 4x4 frame with a complete 2.6 engine and auto trans that I will be getting rid of.

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    So I picked up the parts truck today. The frame is super bent but it still runs and drives after hitting a telephone pole. I'm planning on swapping the 2.0 with the 4 speed manual trans into my 4x4. I'll also swap whatever else I need to to get the 4x4 running. The parts truck is also a 4x4 just the base model. And now some pics
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    So I've started stripping the parts truck. I'll post pictures when I get home this evening. There are a lot of good parts that didn't get damaged in the crash. If anybody needs anything just let me know and I can see if I have it.

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    Darn it looks like your grill is shot. I need one.

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    Sorry! The grill was gone when I bought it. The headlights still worked even after hitting the telephone pole though! They aren't even cracked. These trucks are so tough. I drove it on and off the trailer with 3 wheels.

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    Auto Flexplate!

    Wait, which one is the parts truck?

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    I'm keeping the manual transmission and doing nothing with the auto transmission.

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