I've sunk way too much cash into a 10 year old truck. My wife thinks I'm nuts. I paid just over $9K for the motor and another $2,200 to have it put in. It runs strong. It has the 18:1 pistons, bigger turbo, high-pop injectors, and a reworked high-flow IP. I still have a starting issue. It smokes terribly on start-up. I am working with Peninsular to get that addressed. Unfortunately, it is difficult to diagnose via long-distance. I may have to drive it up to Michigan to get it fixed right.
My original motor died a very untimely death. My daughter borrowed it and had the water pump pulley fail. It wasn't bad, except she drove it for another 20 minutes without the water pump. Cooked the motor good! It still ran, but sounded differnt (loud). About 1,000 miles later when I was driving it, it snapped the crank and dumped all the oil and coolant on the road. It didn't help that my wife was with me and I had just put my foot into the throttle (only 2/3 of the way...). It was loud and strong, then BANG, THUMP, and WHING!!!! I actually saw pieces of the engine hit the road in the rear view mirror. It was a couple chunks of the timing cover. Oh well, that's all behind me now...
That could not have been a very good feeling !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I see your from Newport News , I spent almost 2 yrs down there while in the Navy did sea trials with the good ship USS George Washington . I miss all you can eat crab legs at Harpoon Larry's . They probably dont miss me though .
Right now my 6.5 runs like a swiss watch and only has 120000 on it so I dont think I'd be doing anything soon . But it intrests me none the less . I haul a very heavy camper and could use the extra ponys and stay with the older body style . I also need to upgrade my cooling or I'll end up doing a swapout before I'd care too . Does the place you got your motors from have a web addy .
I think i averaged around 14.... but then again i have this problem with my right foot when i get in my truck, i dunno what it is but it always just gets sucked to the floor like a magnet or something... i should really get that checked out...
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