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    Mr Tin Man’s broken heart

    Ok I figured it’s time for a long over do build thread


    I have a 2001 Kaiser Silver VX that’s in need of a new heart. I’m kinda new to forums and I will do my best to document everything as I go along.


    My Goal is a full diesel conversion while maintaining the Vx’s original form and function

    The plan was to drop a 4bt that is sitting in my garage, but that prove futile due to the weight and size restrictions of the front end. I ended up choosing a mechanical 4jg2 with an Aisin-Warner 3-40le auto with my existing TOD transfer case. Plus I wanted to maintain the Isuzu name throughout the whole build. I am a novice and by no means a professional. I welcome your questions or ideas as I embark on this possible pointless journey.

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    1st Day home

    [IMG]https://doc-0c-30-docs.googleusercontent.com/docs/securesc/ha0ro937gcuc7l7deffksulhg5h7mbp1/agsm23oqcqfb96fc8mmmkhceenool8to/1512957600000/15871805273479339623/*/1IXa6a9d100FytmZ0DPuduLglsKcVDH2o[/IMG]


    [IMG]https://doc-10-30-docs.googleusercontent.com/docs/securesc/ha0ro937gcuc7l7deffksulhg5h7mbp1/j5ofi9spgnlnfqmcot2fv0tgalqjfjmf/1512957600000/15871805273479339623/*/1WB-CuNlajQcfbOoibExibqc_1tnPSUAo[/IMG]

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    I am not very familiar with Isuzu Diesel engines. Bat after a google search it looks like their might be an issue with cylinder #3 becoming fouled due to egr location. Any idea for a fix?
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    VX Status: Running Great! Build is coming along nicely...

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    Thelgord

    Egr delete is the best option for that problem.

    Apologies everyone trying to figure out how to post photos.

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    http://www.vehicross.info/showthread...r-forum-images

    No worries. Posting images has always proven problematic here. Above is a link on how to use DropBox.

    I am very interested in seeing how this project turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelgord View Post
    http://www.vehicross.info/showthread...r-forum-images

    No worries. Posting images has always proven problematic here. Above is a link on how to use DropBox.

    I am very interested in seeing how this project turns out.
    Thanks, you are awesome. that was driving me nuts..

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    Definitely, one of the harder engines I've had to pull out. this was no easy project



    Empty bay




    The First Failed prospect



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    Sorry still sorting out the picture orientation issues. The 4BT was from a generator with only 146hrs. Oh well, I'll save it for my next project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm0ke3T1947 View Post
    Sorry still sorting out the picture orientation issues. The 4BT was from a generator with only 146hrs. Oh well, I'll save it for my next project.
    Yeah...it's hard to appreciate w/o rotating. I'll assume this diesel was too tall?

    I downloaded and rotated the empty engine bay pic...just for my edification. Notice you have a steering stabilizer shock -- which I believe is aftermarket. (I considered buying one myself due to a COLD shimey felt in a certain roadway every morning. Since I moved, I haven't noticed it anymore. Did you drive this little beast before/after that mod? If so, any feedback?

    Boy...I tell you what; I wish I could plant a 383 SBC in mine! <grin>
    2001 Ebony VX and 1989 Custom 383 Corvette

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    Wow! That is a massive motor...

    Or seems to be anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelgord View Post
    Wow! That is a massive motor...

    Or seems to be anyway...

    Yeah Cummins 4BT are not really small engines. Almost 800lbs

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    Stabilizer was from the previous owner. That 383 is one mean engine. Definitely a great conversation piece

    Oddly enough picture orientation on mobile view is correct. I’ll have to look into that.

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    Here is my purchased 4jg2 with Aw30-40le


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    Quote Originally Posted by sm0ke3T1947 View Post
    Here is my purchased 4jg2 with Aw30-40le

    Found a short description of the engine in Wikipedia:
    The 4JG2 is a 3.1 L (3,059 cc), 95.4 mm bore x 107 mm stroke version with indirect injection. It replaced the 4JB1-T in the Isuzu Bighorn (Trooper II) and Mu/Wizard (Rodeo) in most markets.[27] This engine was upgraded from mechanical injection to electronically controlled mechanical injection. Power levels ranged between 94 and 112 PS (70 and 84 kW) depending on specifications.

    How will you integrate computer function? I wonder what the power levels are in HP/TQ terms? Why did you opt for a diesel platform? Low-end torque?

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