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Old 11-26-2019, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When to call it quits

If you caught my last post, you will remember I am having engine problems with my 95. https://www.dieselplace.com/forum/63...ough-idle.html When the dust settled I started wondering how much I really want to invest in a 25 year old truck. I started looking at newer ones online and they pretty much want stupid money for anything worth bringing home. Plus sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't. I like the 95 and think I have fixed most of the other things wrong with it. Is it stupid to sink more $ into it? Thoughts????

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Old 11-26-2019, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why do you need two trucks?

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BWD OPS 1/14 Heath PMD kit 3/14 Airtex boost solenoid 6/14 Lube Specialist cooler lines and cooler, rad support mounts, Pro Comp ES9000 Shocks, rear brakes 7/14 Interstate Batts, Cooper AT3 tires, Hummer H3 rims, stepper motor 4x4, coolant flush 11/14 Stabilizer bar links, soot trap gasket 9/15 Dorman tank, sending unit/sock delete, filler neck, filler neck, hose, Leroy's Tank Barbs, SAE30R9 lines, WIX filter head and prefilter with brackets by paleyjim, intake manifold gaskets 3/16 Used transmission, dipstick tube, fluid flush, drain plug pan by paleyjim, power steering fluid flush, transfer case seals and fluid 9/16 Duraterms 11/16 Ball Joints and wheel bearing drivers side. Powerstop pads, lubed sliders 4/17 AD244, Leroy's Flight Systems PMD 9/17
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Ashland Muffler 2.5 X-over 12/13 FTB FFM by paleyjim, ported upper egr delete S-code, lower F-code, ported IP fitting, FASS DRP-02 lift pump 3/16 Transgo Shift Kit by paleyjim, Energy Susp. engine+trans mounts 9/16 Ported GM8, Diamond Eye, Quadstar tune 11/16 K47 Box, Glowshift 3-1 1/17 Leroy's Billet Crank pulley, Fluidampr. 9/17
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I own 2, clean, low mileage 20+ year old, daily driver trucks. I like trucks. I could sell either one for as much or more than I paid for them. They both get better fuel mileage than newer diesels with lower operating costs.
I would rather put money into a 20 year old truck than buy new. The price of new Trucks is just not worth it to me. I have no need of a new truck and all the high tech, overpriced crap that comes on them.
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"Why do you need two trucks?" You sound like my wife!



When I sell cattle I will load up both stock trailers and my wife hauls a load. Just works better. I have also found that when you run older vehicles/equipment it does hurt to have a backup.
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Optimizer engine
Heath Max e tork program Turbo-Master
PMD relocated
Heath HO water pump
21" 9 Blade Fan
Heath HD Fan Clutch
Heath Diesel Hurricane 7
Diamond Eye 4" exhaust w/2 1/2" crossover
95 Chevy c3500 auto dually
Optimizer engine, Heath Max-e-tork tune
PMD relocated, turbomaster, Duramax fan with HD clutch
Diamond Eye 4" exhaust w/2 1/2" crossover
Leroy Diesel oil cooler lines
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Missouri,

I’d go ahead and repair it.I’ve been down this road myself a few times.I have three of those trucks here.I put quite a bit of money into each one but it’s more of a hobby for me than anything else.Its not stupid at all to repair it.I like your idea to continue with it
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1996 Chevy K1500 Z71.....with '99 6.5 506 goodwrench van engine,88-93 6.2 diesel Napa y-pipe,'87 700R4,acdelco TP630F/Racor 20S fuel filters,Bosch non-turbo injectors,stanadyne blue tag 5088

1993 Chevy K1500 Z71...with 97' 6.5 TD 506 block,82' 6.2 rocker arms,stanadyne 37818 injectors,stanadyne blue tag 4911,DSG girdle,reman 700R4,Banks boost/pyrometer gauges,acdelco TP1069/TP943 fuel filter system,4 diamond eye exhaust/2 piece crossover

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Old 11-26-2019, 07:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As long as its not rusty I would fix it. Like you said they get a lot to stupid money for newer stuff.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The cost of a new equivalent vehicle is $50,000+. The injectors for the new Duramax run $500 to $800 EACH. Not only are the new vehicles far more expensive--they are less dependable and absurdly expensive to repair. Not to mention having to buy the Diesel Urea stuff constantly. Here in Illinois--the diesel fuel quality is horrible as we have a biodiesel mandate. At least with older "precup" engines--it still works. Not so much with common fuel rail, direct injection etc. As long as you're ok with a vehicle that looks "dated"--and only care about functionality--I say buy a used one and just spend what you need to make it dependable. Essentially...I just did that...and so far so good...
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Go price a new truck with equivalent capability and you will feel much better. As others have indicated this assumes the chassis and body are solid.
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