Lets put a 4.3 in my Isuzu Rodeo,,,, shall we??

matty man

Dragway Regular
Jun 1, 2003
1,345
22
38
Grove City , Ohio
here is the scoop,, my daughter bought this wonderful car 4 years ago,, the transmission has been replaced twice and needs it again, love those trannys without the dipsticks, dont you :evil: ? The water pump went out again and of course the timing belt runs the w/p. So instead of putting in 3000.00 for the transmission & w/p timing componets,, here is my thought, I have 2 4.3 blocks heads ect,,, put a 4.3 together and I have a Astro van 4L60 transmission to swap in. I have the roller cam & lifter engine out of a 95 G30 one ton van,, (with a V-6??? wow) balance shaft motor, I plan on using a carb, wonder if I can use the Rodeo fuel pump and regulate it down? Not sure what the f/p is I will have to check, a non computer distribitor and fab my motor mounts & transmission crossmember. Any suggestions and issues you may have run into doing this chime in,, Thanks matty man 8)
 

Doober

Moderator
Jun 2, 2003
14,704
1
38
Catalina, AZ
www.cardomain.com
Besides the mount fabricating I see much more ease in running a 4.3/4L60 compared to *insert Isuzu drivetrain here :p*. Is it a mechanical (not computer-controlled) 4L60? Just remember the vacuum switch for the lockup converter.
 

matty man

Dragway Regular
Thread starter
Jun 1, 2003
1,345
22
38
Grove City , Ohio
Hey Doober,, yes it is a 4L60, not the E, on bowtie overdrive there is some good info there if I remeber right, I am sitting here thinkin`, what about a 305?? I have both,,, hummmm,,,, matty man 8)
 

StreetBu

MalibuRacing Junkie
Mar 21, 2004
4,157
1
38
Upstate NY
Arent those Isuzu's all 4wd? What about the transfer case?
 

matty man

Dragway Regular
Thread starter
Jun 1, 2003
1,345
22
38
Grove City , Ohio
They came in both 2wd & 4wd, this one is a 2wd,, matty man 8) just looked its going to be a V-6, V-8 is to long will run into the radiator,, pics coming soon, matty man 8)
 

80ECLT

MalibuRacing Junkie
Nov 21, 2006
3,927
0
0
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
did it have a 2.8 or what was in there to start with?
 

matty man

Dragway Regular
Thread starter
Jun 1, 2003
1,345
22
38
Grove City , Ohio
The engine & transmission is the Isuzu 3.1 & 4 speed overdrive, which both need work. The transmission for the 3rd time and the timing componenets just took a dump and thats 500.00 just for the timing parts, 2500.00 for another transmission redo, the V-6 block is a 95 st`d bore, I honed the walls and installed the cam bearings, the crank was reground 010/.25mm , 1 rod had to be recondtioned and the heads are in the hot tank now getting cleaned. I hope to do everything for 1000.00 to 1500.00, I have a 90 4L60 transmission that was in good working order and going in. I just have to fab up brackets, lines, fuel system, cruise control, speed-o, driveshaft, electrical thats all :roll: :roll: Hopefully will be & running by the end of September,, hopefully,, matty man 8)
 

80ECLT

MalibuRacing Junkie
Nov 21, 2006
3,927
0
0
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Hopefully the rest of the rig is in decent shape. Have any pics to share?
 

MalibuRacing.com Gear

Stickers & Shirts!!