Hey everyone – Just a note here that we’ve reached the end of another project and we’ll soon be looking to “rehome” it for a new lifetime of adventures.
We bought this 1996 K2500 Chevrolet Suburban over three years ago. It had been languishing, neglected and unloved, outside in the Pacific NW rain. We knew this vehicle had not only more life, but a BETTER life in store for its future.
Over the past three years, we’ve completely rehabbed and loved up this Suburban to set it up for its next adventure. Best of all, THIS was the vehicle that really moved us forward doing diesel engine swaps, something we’re really loving these days. The factory engine is long gone and in its place is a Cummins 6BT 12 Valve diesel. We love how it drives and we think someone else out there will, too.
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: We have the best customers on the Internet. We love hearing from our customers, about their projects, what they need, how our products can help.
So when an awesome recent customer reached out to see if we could sell a U-Weld version of our engine mounts, that sounded like a great idea to us. Our goal is to help you build your dream, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide another tool in your tool box.
Around here, we’re big fans of the Cummins diesel engines, and even bigger fans of taking solid pre-loved vehicles and swapping out existing engines for those diesels. Consequently, we especially love finding diamond in the rough projects … although this project definitely puts more emphasis on “rough” than “diamond.”
For months now, we’ve looked for that just right 80s series Land Cruiser. The goal is simple: Do a Land Cruiser diesel engine swap. To that end, we’ve spent a lot of time on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. Finally our Internet searches stumbled on this one, sitting unused in a driveway about an hour from Jonesy’s HQ.
The first impression? Not great. The interior is a dumpster fire. Wrappers, discarded toys, long forgotten paperwork, and various bits of shrapnel everywhere. Obnoxiously, the front seat is stuck in position closest to the glove compartment. This Land Cruiser hadn’t seen a hose or scrub brush for years, let alone any serious maintenance.
Moreover, it definitely has seen some serious road time, with a wopping 300,000 miles on it. As a result, with that many miles, , it’s due for a new engine. Overall, we want this vehicle so we can do a Land Cruiser diesel engine swap, so it fits our bill perfectly. Above all, despite the epically bad interior, it’s a running driving Land Cruiser at a reasonable price. We call that a win.
We’ll update the progress of its rehabilitation with more photos here. Once we are a little further along with the work, we’ll post a Youtube video series. At this point, the plan is to clean it up, swap in a diesel engine, and find this vehicle a (loving) forever home (unless we decide to keep it for ourselves …).
In the meantime, these photos don’t do justice to the interior, which was a pit. Rest assured, gas station gloves were actually purchased to make the drive home.
While we start work fixing this vehicle up at Jonesy’s HQ, we have lots of videos on past engine swaps over at youtube.com/jonesysautoclub. There you’ll find videos talking through details of past projects. If you need a starting spot, we’re partial to this one: https://youtu.be/G3UfnHN_hn8
In the meantime, if you have a project of your own like this, you might be interested in our Land Cruiser engine mounts found here: https://adventurevehiclesnw.com/shop/land-cruiser/80-series/drivetrain-80-series/80-series-toyota-land-cruiser-to-cummins-6bt-conversion-engine-mounts/