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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2000, 06:19 PM
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Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

My dad's `82 Chevy 1-ton 4x4 crew-cab long-bed just blew a piston in it's 6.2L diesel after only 140,000 miles and he is thinking about either swapping in a 350 or just selling the truck for parts. Has anybody done a diesel-to-gas swap? The truck is a Scotsdale with a few dings and the usual rust around the bottom of the doors. The TH400 is fairly new. He already bought a replacement truck and needs at least $3000 for the old Chevy. He talked to the local dealership and they told him it would be about $9000 for a replacement motor. Would he be better off installing a 350, or would it be better just to sell the truck as-is and cut his losses?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2000, 06:50 PM
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Re: Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

Where's pops located at? There's a guy on here, Ruben Zamora, not sure of the spelling, who is looking for one in the Texas area. Your dad could drop in a big block for less than the diesel they are quoting, and not much more than the 350.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2000, 07:09 PM
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Re: Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

My dad is located in Moscow, Idaho. Too far for a truck with a blown motor.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2000, 07:42 PM
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Re: Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

How bad is the piston? Normally they just crack right in the center. We change the one piston and send the customer on his way happy as can be. No sense scrapping a whole motor over a cracked piston.
A rebuilt 6.2 should be around 2500.

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Re: Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

The dealer told my dad that they couldn't get parts for a 6.2L and that they just replace the 6.2 with a 6.5 instead of rebuilding the obsolete 6.2. The dealer was supposed to tear down the motor today and see exactly how bad the damage is. But, my dad has already bought a 1-ton 4x4 Ford Crewcab with the 7.3L and just wants to get rid of the Chevy.

post #6 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2000, 08:14 AM
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Re: Crew-cab needs diesel replacement

If you guys decide you want to just change one piston just enough to make the truck drivable again. And want a used piston let me know. We have an engine just for that purpose. New parts are available aftermarket. You may want to check out that 6.2 page that is posted here alot. I don't have the address but others do.

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