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Old September 3rd, 2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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so my question is has anyone here put a 302 in a 4runner before and if so does anyone have any ideas where i can get an adapting plate to go on the bell housing so i can put the 302 with my toyota trans?
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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No real issue putting it in just a matter of buying parts. Advanced adapters sells enitre kits or if you want to do more yourself they sell parts individually. The AA bellhousing is a pricey part but can be find used. Chevy motor is much easier since it has been done alot more than the ford. you would also need motor mounts, oil pan, clutch and pressure plate, clutch slave cylinder. That gets it in then you need to think of engine controls. carbs are easy run stock or aftermarket ignition and just splice it into the toyota wiring. EFI is more difficult but companies like painless will have standalone systems that make it very easy or you could work out the wiring yourself with a donor EFI harness from the 302. Fuel is another issue going from toy EFi to carb would require a fuel pressure regulator to drop the pressure to the proper level. EFI may be ok but i'm not sure what pressure toyota used compared to the ford.
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I had thought about it before but after I saw the price of the adapter kit. I decided if I was going to do it I would just swap the whole drivetrain from an old Bronco in. So far the stock 22RE in my 85 is still going, it is slow but it starts up as soon as I hit the key.I got rid of most of my Ford parts so I am stuck with a 22RE.
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I have a friend that has an 88 mass air 302 from a mustang swapped into his 4runner. He actually brought the tranny from the mustang along with the motor as it is cheaper for the tranny to t-case adapter than the bellhousing adapter. Has proven to be a pretty bullet proof setup. Albeit the differentials are not. :P
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shouldn't be any diff issues with a mild 302. if its ifs the front won't like it but there is no way that he should have problems with any solid axle front or rear.
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I have a buddy who is on his 4th rear diff in a 3.slo 5spd truck. I don't know how he does it. He uses it as a work truck no off roading.
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I've witnessed one rear end go first hand... Full on posi burn outs with 33's are bad for 4cyl diffs. The other one ate it on the back side of Test Hill. Again the rear.
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We all know we have also seen properly built full spool 4cly diffs housings last 500hp+ behind driveshaft twisting torque'y V8's...

90% of shops take the lazy route and try to build Toyota 3rd diffs like a FoMoCo 9" ...then they blow-out in less then 14k miles. A proper builder like ZUK knows how precise everything has to be...

Just say'n.. :-)
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