ezernut9mm wrote:so, i have to ask, how cost efficient is it to do one of these conversions?
averagef250 wrote:Thanks for the kind words gentleman.ezernut9mm wrote:so, i have to ask, how cost efficient is it to do one of these conversions?
If a small budget is a factor there are situations where the 4BT can still be a cost efficient choice. For instance, you drive 40K yearly, need a fullsize truck/SUV and 4 wheel drive. The fuel savings will pay for the conversion in 1-5 years dependant on the extravagance of the swap.
The fuel savings alone don't typically justify the expense. A conversion is a great option for someone in the market for a new vehicle and A) Has a cosmetically good shape older vehicle that suits thier needs well OR B) Can't find a new vehicle that suits thier unique needs. To add to reason "B" a correctly executed, thought out 4BT conversion of a popular vehicle is a better investment than buying a brand new vehicle. However, there are limitations to this train of thought:
The above FJ60 is a very nice vehicle, very practical, fully optioned. It's even a desireable color. 4BT converted cruisers have shown a good resale over the past decade, this FJ60 is one of, if not the nicest example in the country. Profitts 4BT cruisers sell in the $15,000 to $25,000 range, these are NOT in the same league as the above FJ60. The opposite side of the spectrum is a conversion done to an undesireable vehicle. You will not see a resale value return on your investment if you start with a unpopular vehicle or go about the conversion in an unpopular way. I suggest to my potential customers that if resale value of the final product is a concern what they can do to gauge it's value is run a mock craigslist ad for the vehicle describing it with Cummins power and upgrades for a premium price. If there is serious interest to buy the vehicle it's likely to have a fair resale value.
Fordman, 4B Cummins engines typically come from breadvans, though they weren't usually factory installed in them. There are thousands of applications for these engines though. They are very common in all manners of offroad equipment from Snow Cats and dozers to excavators, tractors and skidsteers. They are a very popular marine engine with proven reliability, universal parts availability and weighing under 900 pounds wet they are available in power ratings direct from Cummins through 450 horsepower. These engines are popular in generators, pumps and stationary equipment of all kinds as well.