Bj73 questions?

Rodger

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A friend of mine in Spain has a BJ73 with a VM 5 cyl engine which has had some head work but isn't well. I'm thinking of swopping a 3B motor into it.
Does anyone know the answers to the following:
Will the engine mounts be the same? (the VM was a European option, or so I believe)
Is the VM mated to a standard 3B transmission or will I need to change the trans as well? Splines?
I'm going visit him in April and want to work out what I need to do/change/measure. Any help or clues would be most welcome.
I'm not planning on doing the swop for about a year (when I'll have time and the facilities out there) so if anybody has one with a 3B that I could look at, crawl over and under, please let me know.

Regards,
 

bsmith123

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Europe Year
1990 Make
TOYOTA Model
LAND CRUISER Frame
BJ73


Vehicle characteristics
GRADE: VM: EQUIPPED WITH VM ENGINE
DESTINATION: EUR: EUROPE
BODY: HT: HARDTOP
DRIVER'S POSITION: LHD: LEFT-HAND DRIVE
ENGINE: 3B: 3400CC DIESEL
FUEL SYSTEM: DSL: DIESEL


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VIN* Model code From To Frame Characteristics
TW0V0BJ73.. BJ73LV-MPW 01/1990 - 01/1994 BJ73 VM EUR HT LHD 3B


Rodger

I dont know anything about these but I did find this on TOYODIY.COM
used the parts ref tool to look it up sometimes I use this site to find parts that cross to other models

I used 1990

I was thinking since above it says equipped with vm motor 3b it should only be a matter of cross ref from a regular 3b to the VM 3b

not even sure what all that is ---I take VM is another OEM for the 3b?

hope that site helps
 

Rodger

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Hi Bill,

Thanks for the info...
The VM engine is a 2.5 litre 5 cylinder turbo. It has 5 seperate heads and I've managed to find a source for a new head and the reason why it's gone... apparently these heads are nickel coated and in it's history one of the heads was skimmed but not re-nickelled and as the VM man told me it is impossible to torque down properly because as soon as the engine gets compression, it is as if its never been torqued down. I have found a supplier for the new head , gaskets and instructions.

The 3b engine swop was an option if I couldn't find the parts as the gearbox is an H55 but I dont know if the input shaft &/or the bellhousing would need to be changed (bet that sounds familiar to you!).

I only finally got to this position last week so I'm waiting to hear from my friend in Spain whether he wants me to get the parts and rebuild it.

Apparently these 73s were built in Portugal - European spec. 4 cyl VM engines were used in early RR and some early diesel Jeeps but the 5 cylinder seems to be quite rare but eventually, after a long search, I found a man who can....

Thanks again for your reply and the info.

Regards,
Rodger
 

bsmith123

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What year is it?

I have been on the LC forums for about 4 years now, first I heard of it. Definitely seeing a lot more since I have branched out from the US sites though

thats good and bad

I am trying not to want a HJ61 and or a HJ75 :naughty:

Ah well, got may hands full with the 40 anyway!
 
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