Big ol’ nasty diesel truck.

Two weeks ago I purchased a 1993 Chevrolet C2500 (3/4 ton) 6.5 liter Turbo Diesel. The truck has the longer offered 8 foot bed and extended cab (child rear seats pretty much), making it the second longest truck offered by Chevrolet at almost 22 feet long. The truck also has the second largest engine available. A 6.5 liter V8 turbo diesel mated to a 5 speed transmission. This truck was designed to tow a lot of weight; 19,000 lbs actually. It is overkill for my application of being a support vehicle for the bike at track days; a bike which weight about 430 lbs. But it is very comfortable to drive, furthered by the recently serviced A/C system. I’ve already turned a wrench on him, the wastegate actuator was actually being held at a fixed distance with some bailing wire. The stock wastegate actuator was disconnected because the rod broke. I, with the help of a neighbor spent a Saturday fabricating a replacement.

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How about that ranch hand front bumper welded to the frame? For the first week I owned it I wanted to total out a Kia or something but then it was pointed out to me the bumper is welded to the frame…as in there isn’t really anything going to absorb the impact. So I rethought the redneck urge.

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According to my mechanic friend, this is a clean engine bay for a diesel.

Also worth mentioning is the fuel. It has a 34 gallon fuel tank. At today’s diesel price it would cost $73.78 to fill up from an empty tank. With that $73.78 I can go 620 miles without stopping, which could get me to Ohio, four states away.

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