A diesel engine would indeed be amazing! I would likely lunge at one if it came around at a reasonable price, the obvious problem being that they don't often come around period let alone at a reasonable price.
Now that I've started to tow the "egg" I am at least toying with doing the upgraded cam and air intake stuff, possibly in conjunction with my current rebuild - Squatch took me in a ride in his Trooper at one of the ISUZU gatherings and I was blown away by the speed and power!!
Speaking of which, a few pictures of the "new" 2.6L project. The used engine arrived a little over a week ago:
I've had a heavy travel schedule for work, as well as other car repairs to attend to so was just able to start the process of dismantling and inspecting it yesterday. The head bolts were frozen solid so it took me forever to get them broken loose, by mid-afternoon I was able to get the head off and got my first look at the block and pistons. Aside from some damage to the head gasket itself on a couple cylinders, everything looks to be in good shape overall which is a relief:
I got the remainder of the fluids drained out and the engine mounted on the stand which is as far as I got yesterday:
Today I had hoped to dismantle the lower end, pull the pistons and pack the block up so it's ready for the machine shop but I got caught up in a bunch of other things. I'm scheduled to take another multi-day excursion like the Georgia trip this coming week (this time starting in North Carolina and tracking northeast along the Appalachian Mountains into Virginia), so I probably won't make much engine progress until I get back. More updates as I make progress though!