85 pickup - 1UZ swap with R150 transmision, MS3X stand alone ECU and 112 supercharger.


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Just getting started on the physical work on this project. I've been doing research for several months and have acumulated a small mountain of cardboard boxes (parts) in the corner of my shop.

This truck project itself was started 10 years ago and at the time I had only access to a domestic engine (ford mustang 5.0). I will do a video on some of the 10 year old work at some point later. I've recently sold off the highly tuned ford motor and purchased a 1UZ V8 from a 94 SC400.

The project was abruptly interupted do to health complications with my first born son (who is fine now by the way). It was futher delayed by several years while I helped build another vehicle for a younger family member. He has since past away. Family always comes first in my life so this project has sat until recently.

When I retrieved the truck from storage I found racoons nest in the cab complete with a large pile of dung! That was nasty! I could have filmed my own version of "ROADKILL" !! I ended up gutting most of the interior and the entire wiring hardness. I've since bought a second 86 pickup for the parts I need to finish this one.

I am not a big fan of typing so I will be posting videos here fairly regularly. Here is my first video

The engine - first gen non vvt out of a 94 SC400


The Transmission is an R150F with down under bell housing and gear driven transfer with 4.8:1 gears, dual shifter and upgraded from output shaft. This came out of a serious rock crawler! I have a second transmission with fewer hard miles on it. Using this one for mock up and to aquire all the adapter parts needed in one purchase.


This is the ECU I just finished building Megasquirt version 3X

And this is an option! Note the spare intake manifold in the background. Planning to fab my own manifold. That should make for some entertainment.


The mess from the Racoon! They made the front footwell into the latrine. I had already removed the large pile of dung at this point. Nest was behind the seats. It was nasty! truck was stored inside but had no windows and interrior was mostly removed and in the box. They chewed on everthing and crapped everwhere!

Here is a few pictures from 10 years ago just to set the stage.


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Sometimes life throws us challenges, like raccoon crap, they sure made a mess. Looking forward to seeing things progress.


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Thanks Kelvin! Watched just about every video you've made. Might need to source some stuff from you at some point although I actaully work for the local Toyota distributor so anything still in stock is not normally a problem.


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Made some progress in the last couple of days. Got the R150 Transmission mocked up under the truck and sitting on the cross member. Going to make a new crossmember/skid plate but need to get the motor mounts built and the drive shafts settup.

Lots more room then with the Ford motor. Should have enough room for a full puller rad fan even with my huge sprint car 3 core alumimum rad ! That sucker is beefy!


Reusing the ford motor mounts but will need to modify to suit the 1UZ. Mostly just the mounting plates I think and I like the fact that they are adjustable back and forth and are rebuildable with just a set of polly spring bushings.


Also stripped the motor a bit to make it easier to work on when I stick it in the truck. Took off the manifolds and old motor mounts. Removed wiring harness (loom!) and the intake manifold. Broke the typical plugs. found some critter nests under the intake.

Fooling around with the supercharger location. It will sit pretty high to accomidate the cobra intercooler which is 3.5 inchs deep.. Its just sitting on the stock lower manifold at the moument but seems to be in about the right place. Time will tell. Will be interesting to see how much space we have on the hood. Might opt for a lower profile intercooler option but that will be completly custom not that the manifold it not custom to start with. Lots of fabrication and tig welding ahead


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The motor is installed in the truck and I am working on motor mounts and positioning.

Supercharger and Intercooler:
The supercharger will need to go lower to clear the hood. I had planned to use the stock cobra style intercooler but its simply too tall and also very pricey to purchase.

The plan is to now use a heater core designed for ford F150 as a intercooler core. In doing so I can lower the manifold flange by close to 2 inches and it will make it reasonably easy to fabricate the manifold around it and still clear the hood. As far as efficiency well I will simply have to speculate. The surface area of the core element is basically the same its just shorter and wider. The inlet and outlet tubes are both on the same end and have provisions for O rings. Overall dimensions are simular to the supercharger flange. More on how I plan to do this later. For now we will invest $50 in the purchase of the core for fitment and mock up. The core is 5.25" x 7.75" x 1.2"


Steering Shaft:

The clamp bold on the steering shaft does hit on the corner of the rocker cover. No issues as this is not part of the telescopic part of the shaft and I could just remove the pinch bolt and weld it solid to the shaft. I could probebly just use a smaller headed bolt too. I am not sure the one in there is factory. It looks too big. Will wait on this one as I do plan to install a different steering shaft anyway (the one from the parts truck outside) as I will at some point to convert to "High Steering" and will need the newer steering gear which will mount farther foward and have a longer shaft. Took all the required measurments today off the other truck. The newer shaft is a smaller diameter and will have much more clearance when installed.

Oil Pan:

Oil pan is another issue. SC400 mid oil pan is directly above the front axle housing. I will have more on that later as I ordered a kit to build a new rear sump pan to clear everything. An LS stock front sump pan would work but not with the high steering I plan to install at some point and would also mean ditching the front stabilizer bar. The new custom oil pan was the best and cheapest option. Still cost me a small bundle of cash and some time to weld it up but I will get a perfect fit that way and no worries later about clearance. There is the option of just buying the flange but it was still $160 and would meen spending a lot more time bending sheet metal.


Motor Mounts:

Using the old mounts I had from the ford motor and they work well with only modifications to the mounting plates on the engine side.
I just trimmed them down and drilled holes in them to line up with the mounting holes on the block.

Picture shows the casting of the head in the way of engine side. I will get some better angles later.


Exhaust manifolds and Headers:

Also messing around with exhaust manifolds. Started off with SC400 manifolds which I am told would fit with the flanges removed. They do but very close to the frame on the passenger side with the engine centred between the frame rails . They actually touched on my old fuel lines which were mounted on the inside of the frame.

I had also purchased some Tundra 2uz headers off of ebay which I had planned to modify as an option. For the price they were worth buying just to try them.


Another fellow posted his installation of these same headers and had taken pictures of his modified drivers side. I had planned to do the same once I got the truck running. It looked like a lot of work to modify the drivers side. He had to cut off the front tube and relocated lower to clear the steering.

Decided to bolt them up and see how they fit and they fit suprisingly well! I had to remove the flanges like the SC400 units but they actually fit better then the SC400 manifolds!

The drivers side needed both the flange and the O2 sensor bung removed and is currently a little close to the top of the frame rail but in my case i had to do nothing else. I guess thats because my truck is a straight axle truck which allows me to install the engine at close to factory height. and therefore no issues with the steering.

I plan to lift the motor up on the mounts about a 1/4 inch (5mm) using some more substancial mounting plates on the block just to be sure. I need to do that anyway as my driveline angle is off my 2 degrees according to the pinion angle of the rear differential.

Here is the passenger side from the front and from the side through the fender well.

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Drivers side is a little tighter but clears everything. Currently only a fingers width between the frame and the collector. Will raise the motor just to be sure.


Currently only a fingers width between the frame and the collector. Will raise the motor just to be sure.

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As a result I am just going to use the headers. They are polished stainless!!. It kinda makes the rest of the truck look rough but that will soon change. For the money I can't go wong. Ordered some 409 stainless 2.25" J bends to make the cross over pipe along with some really nice V-band clamps and a stainless 2 into 1 collector. The entire exhaust is now going to be mandrell bent stainless as the back half is made with a modified TRD tundra kit.


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Ordered a bunch of stuff to build the exhaust system and related to the fabrication of the intake manifold. Also started working on the front of the motor and reworking the required plumbing for the power steering and oil filter.

used the banjo bolt style fitting from the SC line and the steering box end fitting from the 22R line. I ground off the crimps and had the local hydraulic shop crimp on a new section of high pressure hose. Unfortunatly my original 22R line end was badly mangled so I ended up having to add 3/8 joint into the line. Actually this provided a added benifit of permiting the indexing of the line to be adjusted as needed.

this is the remaining part of the crimp on the power steering pump side. The local hydraulic shop was able to recrimp a new hose onto this.


Had planned to do the same on the other end but the line fitting at the crimp did not survive the grinding off of the crimp like the other end. Just made sense to crimp a new steel line fitting on the hose and then join with a female flare fitting.


Runs across the front adjacent to the custom frame cross member were it clears all the belts and such. You can see my oil filter will not work with the stock adaptor either. The strut rod is needed for my stock drag link steering. Some of the other parts are just sitting on the motor in this picture.



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My Intake is back from the machine shop. Basically I hacked the top half off the lower manifold with my angle grinder and had my local machine shop deck the manifold level with the bosses for the injectors. I was planning to weld a plate on top of this and then build a box on top of the that for the intercooler and supercharger to sit on.

The machinist suggested I simply bolt the plate on and pointed out that there is lots of material in 8 places to drill and tap the flat surface created. He then suggested brazing the two bolted surfaces or using high quality aluminum epoxy to bond the two surfaces. I highly respect this machinist. He builts some pretty high end drag and tractor puller motors so its worth investigating.

Did my homework tonight. His ideas have merrit and I can always tig weld the plate on if the first or second method does not work out. I like the idea of not having to deal with warpage in the manifold and plate. I will buy some super 6 brazing rod and experiment with some scrap manifold and aluminum. I think it will work really well here from what I can see online.

The epoxy I found is rated at 6000 lbs sheer force and up to 600 lbs line pressure when used on aluminum. Plenty of strength considering there will also be 8 bolts clamping the surfaces together. Its also rated for for heat up to 400 degrees. If my motor ever gets that hot I have many other issues.

Here is the machined manifold (still needs cleaning) with tentitive locations for the bolts marked out. Lots of exposer on the two ends but if the epoxy or brazing does its job there will be no issues. The bolts will take the load and also clamp the plate down. The epoxy will bond the two flat surfaces and act as a gasket.


Will experiment with brazing rod and with the epoxy on some scrap and see how it works.
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Lots of planning being done but not a lot of hands on work. I've started working on the intercooler box and manifold for the supercharger. I have enough hood clearance on the truck by the looks of things to allow a 2" thick intercooler. I had bought the heater core unit as an experiment but after running the numbers I need somthing with more surface area. Cannot find a suitable "heater core" which will fit nicely in the space I have. I just pulled the trigger on buying a complete Rad for a Honda. The entire radiator with shipping was $72.00 CAD.

The plan is to slice off the one side of the rad to harvest the appropiate size chunk of aluminum core. Based on the picture I should be able to maintain the tank on the one end an just weld up the end thats open from the cut. The other end will need to be custom as I plan to have a two pass settup with the in water line and the out water line on the same end. Intercooler core will be 13.75" x 6" x 2" which has slightly more surface area as the cobra intercooler. 162 Square inches vs the cobra with 147.

The good news is the remaining part of the rad is actaully the right size for mounting in the grill of the truck. If my tig welding turns out good on the manifold parts I will just modify the remaining rad chunk it to make the heat exchanger. It might or might not be worth the effort. There is lots of import air to water intercoolers available for less then $100. Time will tell.


I've also finished the work needed to design the mounting plates for the manifold and supercharger. I used some dye on the parts and some cardboard to produce some really accurate templates. The material used is gasket material as these could also be used as gaskets in the long run. I find it much easier to take these into the house for measurements when working on the computer cad program then the actual parts and everything is on the same plane. I was also able to scan them and make jpeg images which I loaded to the cam program to allow a trace over process to get the port shape exact as well as ensure the plate for the supercharger has the exact same angles on the tabs (the edges line up all the way around)! I might share the resulting files if there is interest.

Once the rad shows up and I am able to finalize the dimentions its off the "Water Jet Place" to have it all cut out!!

Here is the templates. The numbers are my rough co-ordinates for the ports. Did one the long way and then the rest by trace once the picture was properly scaled on the CAD program. Both are upside down in the images. The notched corner is to clear the water bridge.

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I will share the 3d Model once I have the intercooler specs finalized (the parts in between)

I also found a chunk of insulator material so I will incorperate a 1/2" layer in manifold stack at the very bottom to reduce the heat soak into the intercooler and charger above. It will sit directly on the plate shown on the right above.
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Finished my cad drawings of the manifold today. May add a few rounded edges and clean up the port opening a little but the majority is done. The yellow layer is a composite spacer. I might make it thicker and replace the alumium second layer. I designed the manifold to work with or without the interooler spacer which is the second layer from the top.

Any advice anyone has please share!

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Started on the engine wiring today. Thanks to Kelvin's video's I have the wiring well in hand!!

I basically got all the extra wires identified and pulled from the factory harness (loom!) I left the extra wires in the main bundle so I can re-purpose them for new items or things I need to rework. It's good wire and it saves having the thread the rubber boot at the engine with new wires as I add them. That rubber boot will be maintained to protect the wiring were it transitions to the firewall from the motor (Engine!)

Priority other than stripping out the traction control and transmission wiring looms is to modify the injector wiring to make it sequential. Its currently banked with only two trigger wires and a 12v power feed. I will need to split the trigger wires into eight separate wires and will re-purpose many of the transmission wires as well as the original ignitor wires for this new function.

I also need to add wiring and plugs for the "coil on plug" ignition. For this I salvaged the wiring and plugs complete from two Celica wiring harnesses I had in my pile of left over wiring here in my shop. I just cut the entire wiring out of the Celica harnesses and will add it to the 1UZ harness when I get a chance to lay it on the motor. No splices needed!

Since my new intake manifold will hang over the top of the rear water bridge I will also lose most of the plastic wire loom pieces on the rear of the engine. With some luck I can replace most of this with braid before I put all the new terminals and plugs on.

Also removed the wiring for the hydraulic fan and igniters and will relocate the stepper motor/idle air control and the TPS wires to the new location of the Ford throttle body/plenum on the passenger side above the rocker cover . I will change the MAF wiring to suit the bigger ford sensor. I plan to leave the canister purge on the motor at this point so I am leaving it basically in the stock location but on the opposite side from the Lexus as my canister is on the passenger side.

EGR electrical wiring will mostly be removed other than two wires to run the switching valve for the liquid cooled Ford EGR in the back of the supercharger. Its operated by ported vacuum with an interrupting valve that runs on a duty cycle. Where I live here in Canada the "MOE" or "Ministry of Environment" does not require a formal inspection for vehicles this old but does perform road side spot checks. The EGR needs to be present and reasonably operational if I get stopped which is likely to happen. I plan to hijack the water injection table in the MS3 to provide a duty cycle map for the EGR. This is optional but making it work properly might aid with engine combustion temps and minor improvement in cuise fuel mileage. The table is controled by MAP and TPS sensors and allows a specific duty cycle in each cell so it should allow for some tuning once the truck is operational.

I will leave the stock O2 sensor wires and will add a separate set for the wide band sensors. Once its tuned I would like to recover my wideband controller as I use it to tune other stuff and it has a built in data logger which I will not need with the MS3X computer I am using.

When I bought the new standalone computer I also purchased some really nice bulkhead connectors so all the factory engine side can be simply cut off and wired to the plug on the passenger side firewall. The computer will get the same treatment with a pig tail to the inside of the bulkhead connector. This should make things extremely neat and very easy to build and service.

Also adding two additional MAT sensors. One before and one after the intercooler so I can keep an eye on how efficiant it is. Will also add fuel and oil pressure sensor and a fan control ground so I can shut the fan down as needed.

The last project got a variable speed fan control which I will also implement on this truck. I hate the on and off loud electric fans. Its just so much better when they start up at slow (quiet) speed and ramp up as needed. This curcuit is built using a cheap Ebay motor fan control and a little custom wiring with a seperate engine temp or rad temp sensor. The ECU will simply control the ground so I can turn the fan off at WOT.

I would add some pictures but its not much to look at at this point other then a mess of wires on the bench!!
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