Re: Diesel Power Discussion
My older brother had a '93 GMC K2500 with the 6.5 turbo and the NV4500,that year was the only one that had a lower first gear ratio than the rest..it was a good truck,plowed like a bulldozer,got decent fuel mileage,and he liked it a lot--sold it to a friend after having it several years,when it got quite rusty all over..
He bought a used 2002 GMC 3/4 ton HD with a Duramax and Alison transmission to replace it..he loved that truck a lot,the engine had some real torque even in bone stock form...the only issues he had with it was the transfer case had an oil pump made into it,that developed a problem,I guess it was common for them to hog out the case and actually cut a groove in the housing,and leak ATF all over the undersides of the truck..he ended up buying a new tailshaft housing for it..then learned later Kennedy Diesel sells a repair kit for about 60 bucks to fix that,but he thought the housing was too far gone for it to work..housing was a bit over 200 bucks from GM dealer...
That truck he ended up selling after 5 or so years--like the other one,it too suffered from rust on the frame,backing plates,etc...he needle scaled the entire frame and brush painted it,replaced all the rusted brake lines and other metal lines,backing plates,and decided to sell it before it rusted again--he also had some issues with red silt in the fuel system,probably from some lousy fuel he picked up somewhere--knowing the early Duramax's had injector troubles and were a bear to replace,he decided it was time to let it go.....he regretted selling it a lot ,but he did get nearly what he gave for it when he bought it..
I would probably never buy a newer diesel...I like the old mechanical injected "simple" ones,that'll run on a lot more than just diesel fuel..I know guys who run used ATF,motor oil and fryolator oil in their old diesels,I haven't been that brave to try it in my trucks..but would if there was an emergency and fuel was unavailable..