I'm looking to buy my first Samurai but would rather have an automatic transmission with solid highway capabilities. (70+) I recently lost my '89 Toyota Land Cruiser J60 to a hail storm and want to replace it with a similar style tin top Samurai.
I sadly know very little about car machanics and have a few questions about the automatic conversion kit sold by Trail Tough. Automatic Transmission Conversion Kit
Assuming my Samuri has a 1.6 engine, is it as simple as taking the conversion kit and a sidekick or tracker auto transmission to my mechanic, and he then has all the necessary parts to perform the conversion?
Second, if I purchased this Samurai 1987 Suzuki Samurai JX
that has a '95 1.6 Sidekick engine installed, would The same TT conversion kit work?
Lastly, if I want a Samurai that is more geared towards highway and city life than off-road, what engine and transmission set up is most desirable?
I'm comfortable spending a total of $10-$12k on the car and upgrades.
Thanks for any help and advice you can give me,