Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by 76zimmer, Jan 7, 2020.
Lot truck. Just dealer order with no owner. No biggie.
Looks like it’s loaded up pretty good...3LT package, which looks like it was the top trim level for 06.
Dave did the truck come with a winter front? Probably not if it came from Florida. Just curious?
How do you like it so far?
No winter front...originally a Texas truck so no need?
I Drove it the other day when the roads were clear, 35*F...fired right up, no smoke, drove it continuoisly for 35 miles, the engine was up to full operating temp when i got home but it was still chilly interior...lol
Really drives nice, slightly better than my 99 maybe because no front drive and extended wheelbase, its similar to the 76 CC.
So I'm starting a list of items to bring it up to my comfort level, and so i know whats what as far as condition and maintenance needs are. I also want to paint the hood, and fix the rear bed cave in, probably put a box corner on it. Change fluids filters etc.
blast a set of the PYO wheels and have Kert powder them in chrome, which looks like polished aluminum to me...perfect. I still have a good set of Duratrax 265,s ill put on it.
What suggestions for maintenance and durability do you suggest for this, my first Duramax?
It`s not a 4x4? Guess you don`t have the pump rub in the T/C to worry about.
Maintenance I just followed the scheduled chart in the book. Change the dexcool if you dont know how old it is? I always used dex 6 in the trans. Everyone will tell you to use Transid synthetic, probably a good idea, but I just stuck to factory for mine and Colbys. Make sure you dont chuck out the magnet on the spin on filter for the trans.
Clean,blow out or wash the rad stack. That will help a ton to keep it cool and the air conditioning nice and cold. Can`t think of anything else special to do.
Check the PYO`s when you have the tires off for wear on the lip...they can get thin. I got 8 of them that I dont want to use on because they are thin.
Yup use transynd. Delco fuel filters and delco air filter. Both can be had on amazon for cheap. Suggest doing a double change. Drive it for 100 miles drain and change. Use only Allison spin on filters, once again can be had on amazon for cheaper than dealer.
Good advice Jess! I forgot to say GM Filters, and allison filters for the trans.
Although I have used Baldwin at times for everything.
I Got a basic printout of service done at GM dealerships...other services unknown.
16k...reprogram glow plug controller...emission control recall...warranty
28k...replace front suspension crossmember...warranty
42k...engine mechanical...no info
79k...fuel filter change
86k...fuel filter change
88k...steering suspension...no info
95k...cooling system misc
171k...oil change, brakes serviced, fuel system serviced
201k...oil change, SES, driveability...#4 glow plug failure/replaced
207k...oil change, brakes checked; 45% front pads, 40% rear pads, SES, driveability, #8 glow plug failure/replaced
231k...oil change, fuel system serviced, SES, driveability, several glow plugs failed, replaced all 8
232k...SES, driveability, no power, fuel primer assy bad, replaced primer assy.
ALL ABOVE SERVICES PERFORMED AT HOLIDAY CHEVROLET, WHITESBORO, TX
247k...vehicle auction in Lake Villa, IL
Yeah Dean no 4x4, but really I don't recall the last time I used it on my 99 either...no winter driving so it hasn't been a concern and don't feel it will be on this tow vehicle either. It does have the G80, so that will help in marginal situations.
Ive been reading the Allison lubrication engineer thread on DP.... great read, and yeah I'm convinced to use the TranSynd fluid and a double change, he said that will extend service up to 150k then.
Ill probably add a lift pump kit, and do an exhaust system. Otherwise, a good thorough bumper to bumper check, replacing fluids filters, necessary items and the idlers, serp belt, water pump, thermo, and radiator/cooling system flush per Lukes procedure he recommended for you Dean. This water pump looks to be original so i think ill skip the cooling system filter upgrade unless it looks bad.
Any good fixes for a broken electrical panel mounting on the door panel?
Here you can see the hood chips, and a few door dings, the interior is pretty good.
Really appreciate the direction guys!
DP is great! Spent a ton of time over there!
Good plan you got. Lift pump!
Fix on the door panel would be a different one sadly.
Merchant auto and Kennedy is where i’d be looking for upgraded parts and such,they have quality parts and good prices. IMO
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