After spending several months lurking on this forum and learning a great deal from the efforts of others, I've got a semi-formulated plan in mind for a replacement for my gas burning daily driver.
DieselTim lives about 40 miles from me and about a month ago I spent a Sunday afternoon at his shop asking lots of questions and generally making a nuisance of myself.
Even before meeting with Tim I had decided that any conversion I did would include a manual transmission with overdrive. After seeing Tim's 4BD to NV4500 conversion I was convinced that this is the best solution for me.
Anyway, I'm hoping to put together a 93-98 Toyota T100 extended cab 2WD pickup truck with a 4BD1T and a Dodge NV4500 five speed transmission. I think that most of these 95% full-sized trucks came with a 4.10 ratio rear end and a few with a 3.90 rear. I'm hoping to end up with a 3.90 or higher ratio differential as this will be a running-down-the-highway truck with little or no towing involved.
Does anyone see any potential problems with the above plan for what will be a daily driver for me?
Also, what is the RPM range for a stock 4BD and does it have an RPM sweet spot that could be reasonably maintained for cruising? I am hoping for a vehicle cruise speed around 60 MPH / 100 KPH.
Thanks for listening - Roger