So here's the plan. I currently live in Japan (US Navy), and I just started exporting diesel Hilux Surfs (4runners) and diesel engines to my Dad in Belize (Central America) to sell. Since I can get the Surf's all day long but pickups are rare, I came up with a new project truck to drive when I get there in December. In Phoenix, I want to buy a 2wd '90-'95 pickup with a good or bad 22re (makes no difference). I'll tow the project truck down to Belize, where I will do the work. I can get all the parts I need for a swap from donors here in Japan. The idea is to swap in the complete 3L drivetrain. That info has been pretty well covered in other forums and threads, but I need to know what parts will be needed for the 4x4 conversion? I assume I should be able to cut the hangers off the rear springs (of the donor) to ensure all rear-end components are included.
On the front end, should it be a bolt on affair? I am thinking I will just cut the frame of the donor and ship everything, but when it comes to the actual swap, will I need to do any welding, or will wrenches handle the job?
Anyone know of any trucks in Phoenix that are good candidates for this project? Obviously I would prefer 4wd with a bad engine. Body condition is irrelevant as I can get all replacement parts here in Japan cheap.
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