Should I put a 350 engine in a 90 toyota pickup 4×4?

Ok im thinkin about trading for a 90 Toyota Pickup 4×4 but it has a 350 small block motor in it. I have been told that if I hot rod it or play around in it im liable to tare the rearend out of it. Whats my chances of this happening and should I stay away from getting it.

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4 Responses to Should I put a 350 engine in a 90 toyota pickup 4×4?

  1. idontgivafork May 19, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    ok im guessing it doesnt have a transfer case, i cant see a chevy case fitting real well.yeah it could break, but thats half the fun with a whoopdee.you can buy narrowed rears, id suggest a ford 9 inch.if you buy from the right company it might be direct bolt in.

  2. Big Deal Maker May 19, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    If you plan on using it for off road purposes then go right ahead and be sure you have something to tow it with. I would not take it as gas prices will eat you up. If your looking for a great 4×4 then get one with the stock motor. They are designed for the truck.

  3. Longbeard May 19, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    OK, the short answer, is YES….a 350 cid Chevy has enough hp and torque to shred a 1990 toyota rear end, you would never get the most out of the engine, and even if you did, what are you going to do with it? Is the rest of the truck built up in proportion to the engine? Doesn’t sound like it!

    What that truck is, is what I I would characterize as a Money Pit. You’ll either get tired of breaking things, or paying for parts, but either way, this truck will not suit you for long.

    I have tried to build 4X4s in the past, drive one today even. And if I have learned anything at all, it is that there is only two ways to build a 4X4 truck.

    You can either…

    A.) Buy a good sound, stock truck, and find the biggest tires that you can put on it without modifying the suspension at all. If you have to use a 1-2" body, fine, but not 3" and nothing in the chassis. Keep the oil changed and you’ll drive it for years.

    Or, you can choos B.), which is a money is no object approach, buy only the very best strongest parts for it, whatever the cost, until you yourself is the weakest link in the truck. You may even have to trailer it to where you will drive it, if you do it right that is.

    Anything in between will only cause you heartache, grief, and cost you money.

    I have learned these lessons the hard way, and some may dissagree, but for me, thats how it is now.

  4. Charles s May 19, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    NO this a a very troublesome expensive swap