I'm not technically new to the forum, but I may as well be. I posted once before, but that was a long time ago. Back then, I had a Scout II that I intended to put a 4BT into, but I didn't have the engine. Then I ran out of money, sold the Scout, and then later found a deal on a Frito Lay van with the Cummins and a Turbo 400 tranny. Now I'm on the hunt for another Scout II, because I really think a 4BT Scout would be my dream ride.
I've never done a swap before, but I'm doing my homework.... reading a lot here and on the Binder Bulletin.
I'll be particularly interested in feedback from scout4bta and Cory Smith and anyone else who has put a 4BT into a Scout.
Here's what I'm planning so far....
First, find a Scout. (I have located one about 15 miles from me... a 1980 turbo diesel model, with no tires, a shot engine, and a PERFECT body and very good interior.... I'm trying to negotiate for it.)
Then, pull the engine from the Chevy P30 van and drop the turbo 400. I've read very good things about this transmission, but after reading a few posts on this site, I've realized that an A518, with overdrive, will better suit my purposes.
So, QUESTION #1: Will an A518 from a cummins Dodge bolt right up to the 4BT? Is there anything, like spline count for instance, that I need to worry about?
Then, find a transfer case. People seem to like the NP205. I have another friend who is recommending the NP218 (I think).... chain drive and aluminum case...
I understand, mostly from scout4bta's posts and excellent photos over on webshots, that running the front drive-shaft AND the exhaust on the passenger side is a bit of a pain. And, that a transfer case with a driver's side drop and a different front axle (D60?) makes it easier.
So, Question #2: Is the NP205 the way to go? Anyone ever used an NP218? What transfer case puts the front shaft on the driver's side, and is the D60 in fact the axle to do this with? Where does one get a D60?
I am sure I will have a whole bunch more questions as I get into the project, but this will be a beginning. I will try to post pictures when I get going...