Fitted with its newly fabricated transmission conversion kit, Jonesy's Off-Road Fabrication in Ridgefield, Wash., has converted a 1993 FZJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser from its standard gasoline engine to a 6BT Cummins turbo diesel. Costing around the same price as a normal engine rebuild, Jonesy's has made it possible to reengineer the Land Cruiser and imbue it with the power that only a diesel can provide.
Jonesy's has found an easy answer for their "Predator" Land Cruiser project by simply using its CNC fabrication machine and custom building a transmission conversion kit to replace the stock kit and successfully install the Cummins engine to the transmission.
The best part of the project is Jonesy's has begun to make its conversion kits available for everyone. Using its custom design, the do-it-yourself types have the opportunity to change that gas engine out for the power of the 4BT or 6BT Cummins engine. Each part of the conversion kit has been specifically designed to allow the Cummins diesel to attach perfectly to the stock transmission bell-housing that is already in the Land Cruiser. Although some minor adjustments are needed to reconfigure the rest of the engine's various wiring harnesses, hoses and fittings around the engine, the installation is easily accomplished with the proper tools. Don't, however, let the precedent-setting conversion kit confuse you. Jonesy's has taken the time to demonstrate the purpose and installation of each part of the kit while giving you the step-by-step of the process. (www.jonseysoffroad.com/360-887-1100)