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Hilux conversion from manual to automatic transmission


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G'day all,

First time posting here. I know this is a weird question but I have to put it out there as I'm at my wit's end. I have a 1997 Hilux LN106 2.8l diesel 4WD, and it's a 5 speed manual (G52 code). So it happens, I had a bad foot ulcer (diabetes), got laid up in hospital for a while. My docs recommended for long term medical wise, I have to drive an automatic, period. Now, I drive an old Ford Fairmont with a 4 speed auto (the best I could do).

I can't purchase an new 4WD due to my financial position and I really want to keep the old girl, so is there any way I can convert her to automatic? If it means having an new engine, so be it, as the original motor is about stuffed, even after 250,000 k's on the clock. So, what are the options? Is there good mechanics that will work on the old girl in the Brisbane area? (I'm in Ipswich). Could the original motor be rebuilt and turbo'ed along with an automatic transmission? I really need any help/advice/pricings, so I can drive the old girl without losing my left foot. Thanks for listening though.




This is the old girl, my pride and joy.

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