I have a 1976 Toyota Hiace Camper . It has it`s original 1600 cc 12R petrol engine , with 92,000 miles . This is of course mated to the original manual 4 speed column change gearbox.
As I think that you guys seem to have a bit more of an idea about these vehicles , I thought that you may be able to advise me on possible alternatives.
Has anybody retro fitted another engine in place of the 12R which could be mated to the gearbox .?
Has anyone removed both engine and box and replaced with something a bit more grunt and fuel economy , a diesel unit perhaps . I don`t want anything that`s overly complicated , as I am just a simple man with average mechanical ability . It would be more preferable if I could remove column change , to either floor change or auto .
Any advice welcome .