In 1985 when my 1977 inline 6 cylinder head was not available nor
replacement advisable because of cracking, I swapped the 100k mile engine
for a V8 with all the necessary externals. Had to figure out where all the
vacuum lines were connected. I had the cat welded to new mufflers and tail
pipes; swapped the radiator for a V8 radiator with heat exchanger for
autotrans; etc. Different engine mounts.
That was before all the computers, anti-lock brakes, transmission controls,
etc. How difficult is swapping a 1995 or newer engine w/trans into say a
1977 Chevy Pickup Truck? Wire harnesses should be changed; chip firmware of
cpu specialized; etc. To difficult and outright rediculous? Is this more
than a pipe dream? Or is it much more expensive than ditching it and
getting a newer vehicle?
Perhaps I can answer my own questions by saying the vehicle:
1. Is a major recall for safety hazzard during accident (gas tank on
outside of frame)
2. Ride is attrocious without 500lbs in bed.
3. Rot in passenger door.
4. Presently 9mpg city/14 hwy
5. Low cost insurance and registration (a plus)
6. Only paid $1100 when 1st purchased & spent $3K replacing engine (cheap
for 21 years use)
7. City will pay $650 to buy the gas guzzler / smog poluter (it does pass
for original standards)
8. It's great for hauling my boat, another vehicle, furniture, trash, etc.
Think I should sell it to city and get a new vehicle? Safety first?