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thinking about a diesel...

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by alec78, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. alec78

    alec78 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking at parting ways with my K20 and getting a Blazer with a 6.2. I found an 83 with 170K miles for $1300. What is the life span of a diesel? What should I be looking for? I have to convince(sp) my wife this is a good idea! I don't tow or carry heavy loads. No more than camping/hunting gear. What about elevation? I live around Denver and like the mountains. I also would like to be able to drive from Denver to Kansas City.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    If you want many responses now, do a search but basically, if it's been maintained corectly with regular oil and filter changes, it should go beyond 300
     
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    I live around Denver and like the mountains. I also would like to be able to drive from Denver to Kansas City.


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    Mine has 215,000 on it and runs great, it is slow on large mountain roads. But not where your cusing up a storm. Denver to Kansas should be just like your k20 only better fuel economy.
     
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    Diesels love air, and at high altitudes, I don't know if a diesel would be the best. Other than that, a 6.2 should be able to do anything you chunk at it.

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    REAL TRUCKS DON'T HAVE SPARK PLUGS!!!!
     
  5. imiceman44

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    That is true, but there are ways around that: TURBO /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. alec78

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    The owner of that one sold it out after I said I would buy it! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif Oh well. He did mention something I have never heard of before, a fuel tank heater... Do they really exist? If so, how much and where do I get one?

    Can you tell I am kinda green when it comes to diesels, but I want one. After all how else do I learn about them!

    I found another diesel that looks great! Hope to get it this weekend!!!
     
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    ...[snip]... a fuel tank heater...

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    I don't think there is such a thing ... sounds way to impractical. Do know of combo auxiliary fuel filter/water separator with heater capability. Racor, for one, makes them. And, I think some vehicles come stock with heat capable fuel filter housings (newer VW's?).
     
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    I believe the GM "box" style filters have a heater in them. Either mine is broke, or they're not that effective. 'Got a load of non-winterized diesel a week ago and gelled up good /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif Damn it was cold that morning! I think it gelled at both the fuel sock (in tank) and at the filter. Changed the filter and went about 50 miles then gelled again. Chugged/towed my way another mile to a heated garage /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    DD: Were you running any kind of additive in the fuel?
     
  10. imiceman44

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    How cold was it?
    I just run additives in my tank, and I never have problems even when I got stuck in the snow, highcentered in snow for the whole night and at 2am it started and ran fine.
    I think the additives are essential and do their job, it even runs better with higher Cetane rating.
    And it smokes less.
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    My fuel gelled on me last winter when it was about 10 degrees F. I simply had forgotten to put any additives in the tank the last time I filled up. You're right, pouring in the proper additives keeps the fuel flowing at almost any temperature.

    Casey
     

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