Gogogirl has done it.Has anyone on here performed a 6.2L diesel to a 350 engine swap on a K5 Blazer? Trying to figure out potential problems I may encounter. Thanks for the help.
Previous owner did mine, M1009 converted to 12VDC and carbed 350. Gearing is stock.
If it was my choice, I'd have gone with an LS1 instead and a higher gear ratio. Then again there's a certain elegance to the simplicity of my old-school SBC. It just can really suck when starting and warming up in cold weather.
I sometimes look at my 76 with it's 400 small block and think about that.. 383 that is.I forgot to mention that the 6.2 is apart and neglected. I've had a 383 in my garage , asking me to put it in something
6.2l throttle cable is way too long. You'll need a different radiator or something because the lower coolant hose is 1.75 at the radiator and gas motors are 1.5. Had alot of trouble lately with hoses and found that out . That radiator needs the corresponding brackets and shroud.Has anyone on here performed a 6.2L diesel to a 350 engine swap on a K5 Blazer? Trying to figure out potential problems I may encounter. Thanks for the help.
I don't know if mileage is a consideration.
My 84 with a 350 cu in, 33's and 3.73's and a 700r4 got 13mpg.
My 76 with a 400 cu in, 31's and 3.08's and turbo 350 gets 9 mpg.
Both with Quadrajet carbs and rv cam shafts.
The m1009 and 6.2 with 33's and 3.73's turbo 400 gets 18mpg.
I sometimes look at my 76 with it's 400 small block and think about that.. 383 that is.
It would be so easy to eviserate that old rusty crate and build a 383 for my baby, the m1009.
But i can't murder that old beast.
It's greasy, rusty, and just waiting to crack the frame a third time.
But it can pass anything on the road except a gas station.
Those secondaries pop open and that 400 opens up with God knows how much torque..
Everything my 6.2 isn't.
The stately, loud, slowly smoking burble.
The complete lack of acceleration on even the slightest incline.
The 400 small block is a brutal gas pig that accelerates up the 10% grade at 70 mph at 1/2 throttle, the only limiting factor to it's performance being whether there will be enough gas left in the tank for the return journey.
It is terrifying and beautiful and probably responsible for lives of many mice that foolishly chose to build their nest in it's air cleaner housing.
Bones stripped clean by the hellish suction of the gaping maw of death.
Then i think.. nah.
I'm tempted to put a gas V8 in place of my 6.2 if and when it ever dies,provided the rest of the truck is worth the effort still..the biggest hassle I see,is the hydroboost brakes,I'm not sure if the diesel's P/S pump will fit and work with the brackets that came factory on a non hydroboost gas V8 or not,and if not,finding the right brackets will prove difficult..or expensive at least..
Yeah, the military ordered m1009 Blazers with 10 bolt axles, 3.08's and a gov loc rear carrier.Milage isn't really a concern. 3.08s? yuck! If I have those I may upgrade to a 3.73 for highway and gives me more power to play in the mud with, should I choose to.