Thursday, January 15, 2015

6k: Sandal's on the Other Foot: 1964 Chevy C10 with Toyota V8

This next one is for those who like a little bacon in their tofu burger. For the guy who just watched The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (the one where they put a Skyline engine in a 1967 Mustang fastback) while drunk on Sake and Bud Light. Quasi-racist quips aside, this truck stands to pay recompense for the assortment of 'Merican-powered Japanese compacts littering craigslist. Road-ready with a two-tone paint job that complements its metal muffin top, and looking quite handsome with its "Fleetside" (non-stepside) bed, it's priced for duty. Find this 1964 Chevrolet C10 with 4.7-liter Toyota truck V8 for sale in Little Rock, AR for $6,000 via craigslist. 

With the largest-available engine, a 283 cubic inch V8, the C10 originally generated about 195 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque through a two-barrel carb. This 2UZ-FE is a DOHC, 32-valve V8 found in an assortment of Toyota/Lexus utility vehicles in the early 2000s. Installed in a first-generation 4Runners built before 2004, the iron-block engines were worth 245 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. Starting in 2005, output increased to 270 and 330, respectively, or more than enough to push this old hauler's mass down the road. No word on the transmission, though. Any guesses?

But why the UZ? It's is a popular swap for drifters and stop-light dragsters in 240sxs and 300ZXs, and with its VVT-i valve timing, offers a flexible power band. With fluid, it weighs 538 pounds, or at least 100 more than a fully-dressed LS1. The seller says it's good for 18 mpg in town. I suppose that's something to be proud of, but can't help wondering if an LS1 would fare better in that regard as well.

Since the seller's tweet-length ad copy doesn't explain his intentions, I've taken it upon myself to fill in my own conclusions: "I wanted something different." Getting married in a clown suit is different. Reading Chuck Palahniuk to your child before bed is different. Different for different's sake is silly. "Shock value" (evidenced by the Toyota steering wheel). Great. You've joined the ranks of Howard Stern, circa-2004 Green Day, and Andy Dick. Misery loves company. "An LS1 beat me up and took my lunch money every day in 3rd grade." Then take out your revenge by running nitrous oxide through it. Man up, face your fears, and use pine tar as deodorant. Wait, did I just write a truck commercial?

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. Cant read his ad copy as it's deleted. Damn. Would take a boatload of sake to come up with this idea. What a waste of a C-10! Gimme those stovebolts anyday!

  5. 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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