• Interesting choice on the Toyota mill. Although the '66 was the first year of the 327, it would be kinda neat to see a 5.3 LS in this one since it's pretty close to a 327.

  • I see he also includes a nice thumb in the deal. Good thing he lives in a state that does not require a front plate too, or we would have no idea what this thing looks like.

    I wonder how one just winds up with a Toyota V-8 sitting around. The local police force might want to search their databases of recently-stripped cars left sitting on blocks.

    • Some Toyota trucks have been recalled for rust related frame failures, where the recall replaces the frame. I would imagine there would be a few engines lying around that missed the warranty or recall. I wonder what happens to the engines in the trucks Toyota buys back for 1.5 blue book. These engines seem like they'd be good candidates for resto-mods like this where speed is secondary to reliability and mileage. The extra 100 lbs wouldn't matter too much in a truck, and this C10 is still going to weigh several hundred pounds less than the donor Tundra.

      I'd bet the transmission is whatever was in the donor vehicle, which is why they used the steering column from the donor as well.

      Since the Tundra was built in Texas, it's not as un'merican as it might appear at first glance.

      With disk brakes and a tightened front end, this could be a very usable truck with classic styling.

  • It's not a bad idea for a swap, but I'm just wondering how complete a job was done, whether all the electricals, the speedo, etc. work. We're unlikely to know now, as the ad's gone…

    Think you're underestimating the weight of a dressed LS1 by 50lb or so, and the iron-block truck motors are a bit heavier than that.

    The Toyota's a nice motor, but the real difference isn't weight but package size. The pushrod LS is a bit longer, but quite a bit narrower.

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