with Bill Johnston
1.6ltr / 16v Conversion
Everyone knows that the stock 1.3ltr engine in a samurai is barely adequate as it comes from the factory, but when you start adding upgrades and heavy off road goodies it gets downright pathetic. The Grey Ghost project truck has had many of these upgrades and the old 1.3ltr engine (though helped along with a header and aftermarket exhaust) was ready for a replacement. Instead of just stopping at the typical 1.6/8v replacement, it was decided to just go the extra mile and replace it with a 1.6/16v model.
Placing an order with Brent at Trail Tough made lots of goodies appear at our door. A complete 1.6/16v engine, computer and wiring harness, air cleaner, an engine adaptor kit and a bunch of power steering supplies that would allow us to move the PS system that had been installed on the 1.3ltr power plant. First order of business was to get the old tired stock block out of the way. It had really served its owners well but didn't have the power the newest owner was looking for. Here you can see the header that had been installed years ago. The air heater hose bracket had been welded on to comply with emissions. The power steering unit can be seen (sort of) along with the power steering fluid reservoir.