--------We all love our Land Cruisers, but lets face it, those stock 2F motors just dont have the power we're looking for. Don't fret! Custom Cruisers FJ40 can do your V8 conversion for you! We do anything from carburated motor, to a TBI, to brand new 5.3 liter Vortec's. We can do anything! Also, we can put any applicable transmission behind it. Turbo350, Turbo400, TH700r4, SM420, SM465, NV4500, H42, H55...so many to choose from!
--------At Custom Cruisers FJ40, we do our conversions right. Many shops that aren't Cruiser specific will do a V8 conversion and overlook many things. One of the most important things people dont realize, is just how important proper cooling is for a V8. You'd be surprised just how many people don't cool their V8's properly. That kills the life of the engine and makes the cruiser less reliable.
----------So what do we do different?
----------First off, we don't use the stock radiator. It is good enough to cool a stock 6, but a V8 requires just a little more than what the stock 4 core can provide. Usually, we run an oversized aluminum 4 core radiator. In order to do so, we must build a wider radiator mount. This is also built out of aluminum and rubber pieces are placed in between the mount and the radiator so there is no metal to metal contact. This also allows the radiator to have some play which is good for prolonging its life.
----------Secondly, we build a good shroud. The shroud is probably make-it or break-it part of the cooling process. Without a good shroud, the V8 will probably overheat even if the radiator is more than sufficient. We build our shrouds out of sheet metal. Our preference is to use a thermal clutch fan, minimum of 18 inches in diameter to pull the air towards the engine. The shroud is built specifically for the fan being used so when the cooling setup is complete, it looks as if it came out of the factory like that. And it functions like that too.
---------- Lastly, we run it until we're satisfied and if we're satisfied, we know you will be too.
Take a look at some recent photos we've taken of a cruiser that had a 1997 5.7 Vortec installed with a 4L60E automatic transmission...