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Here we go...diesel engine choices. Need some help.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigOrange90Jimmy, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. BigOrange90Jimmy

    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    There's only a few requirements that have to be met with my search. It has to be adaptable to a Chevy bellhousing, and it HAS to be a diesel. I would prefer something light and powerful. I'm almost deciding against the 6.2L because of it's size and weight. Anything with comparable power, or even more for that matter, that's smaller than the 6.2L would be great.

    I was thinking of a Cummins engine. I know there's a 6bt that comes in the 3500's and all that great stuff, but I also thought that there was a smaller version.

    Whatever it is, it needs to be able to pull 40" tires down the highway with the 465 tranny and all of that great 1 ton axle stuff.

    It's also going in a Toyota, so keep that in mind.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
     
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    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    The Cummins 4-cyl 3.9BT was used in some GM P-vans... with the SM465.

    I have also seen the Cummins 3.4AT with a GM bellhousing adapter on it. Don't have a clue what it came in though.
    3.4L Cummins

    These guys have both:
    http://www.enginecom.com/cum.htm
     
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    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    Why not find a D-Max w/ a salvage title to the truck? My friend just picked up a rolled D-max that got t-boned by a cement truck The onlything salvagable was the engine and tranny...Picked it up cheap...
    Probably be easier to do a swap with a 4BT cummins that has a mech. fuel system...

    Chris
     
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    bigblock454 Clack Clack Clack Premium Member

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    I have been researching the same thing for my 86 Burb. The cummins seems to be the easiest choise. Cummins has an ISB 300, it is 300 hp at 660 ft lbs. I can't seem to find any pricing.
     
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    Batmanjr is doing or has done the Cummins swap. You should PM him and see what he says. From what I understand, he's expecting somewhere around 500-700 HP and a buttload of torque...that oughta do ya up right. You'd be able to go straight up a wall with that kind of power.
     
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    CTD! CTD! CTD!
     
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    The CTD seems to be the SBC of the aftermarket Diesel world as far as adapters and power enhancements. You can EASILY make enough power to twist your frame rails out if wack.
    Any are a good choice but the older 12 valve 5.9 w/ the P7100 inline injection pump seem to be the easiest and most powerful and most adaptable.
    Good Luck , Tom
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Can anyone supply some actual numbers, whether it be price, horsepower, torque.....anything compared to the 6.2? That'd help me establish a basis of comparison.

    ttt
     
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    I agree with the 4bta idea. You can make or buy some motor mounts for a Chevy into a Toyota, use an SM465 and 205 and call it done. Should fit right in there and with the turn of a screw, some new injectors, and good exhaust, you should have easily 350 ft lbs of torque at a very low rpm.
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    now where can i find this elusive 4BTA engine? i've looked on eBay, but came up short. no one around here knows what i'm talking about either. and how would i go about mating it to the chevy bellhousing?
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    OH! HA! I'm a dork. Thanks for the repost bud. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    why not a '78-'81, "5.7L", 350 diesel? Can buy them for low prices, I even had one just given to me before.

    LooksBack
     
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    Think about isuzus. There bell housings should be a direct match up whitht he duaramax, i dont know about thier v-6 diesls. The v-6 isuzu diesle makes almost 200hp and close to 380lbs'. And in thier little flat bed trucks gets 30mpg. One thing about isuzu motors in general, they dont seem to have alot of power but they will last for forever and a day and are real work horse motors.
     
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    Isn't the D'max part of the GM-Isuzu joint venture?
     
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    Yes, Isuzu and Gm formed the Duramax Co. I think GM owns Isuzu actually.
     
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    Most of the I6 Isuzu's have a SAE#3 or #2 bellhousing. They don't make an V6s do they?
     
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    www.turbodieselregister.com

    You can read for free, but to post you have to pay. I'm a member over there and can ask questions for you if you want. They have a great conversions board.
     

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