I was fortunate enough today to pick up a very nice (2WD) Caravelle GL, with a host of nice factory options above the GL spec like factory AC, electric mirrors, slide out step, factory mags etc. Inside it is very nice, exterior is quite worn though and some rust showing up in the usual places. Has a very nice (factory look) stainless muffler also.
Anyway, even though I plan to keep it complete and drivable, it's main purpose is to keep the Syncro on the road. Motor wise it is stock, drove 100km home on the highway perfectly, so hopefully it is a good source of parts when required. It is an auto (very nice to drive!!)
So a few questions. Firstly, am I correct in thinking the motor is a simple swap if required. The only difference is the coolant lines and thermostat? (well swapping the fly wheel as this is an auto).
Next, I can also pull critical parts to take with me when I go away on a trip. What parts are worth taking (ECU, AFM, dizzy). I assume if other things fail, like O2 sensor, temp sender, oil pressure switch, idle valve, these things might affect running, but will not leave you stranded.
Again I assume these parts will be interchangeable (I have an '89 caravelle Syncro, this is a '90 2WD)
Over the week end I will have a closer look at the bus and compare part numbers to get a better idea.