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Started this build with some performance

Got FTB, KOJO Tune, A Team turbo, and F-manifold swap with Vacuum pump delete.

How the engine came---stock. Only performance mod was the 3-4" exhaust
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506 Block that has had the starter bolt hole treatment. Eventually, I need to find a new engine. starter bolt holes.jpg

Lighting upgrades
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To start with, I wanted better than the 15-16 mpg to work (17-18 highway) and I need to tow the pontiac down from Chicago to Georgia so I wanted to build some performance and reliability. After the lube specialist lines were installed, I got busy.
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Rebuilt title truck has a gasser radiator in it. Swapped back in the diesel one. Look at the size difference. Must have proper mounting brackets and fan shroud
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New coolant temp sensor on water crossover
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For the oil return hose. One in the kit didnt fit my truck so made the one on the left
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EGT probe.jpg
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Previous owner had actually put the drain hose leading to the IP :nope:
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Made sure new grounds were on
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L56 vs L65 Manifold difference
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gauge pod set up.jpg

Used an end cap from Lowes for plumbing. Fit right in. 3/4" if I remember right.
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Stock GM6 vs A Team
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turbo progress.jpg
wrapped down pipe
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All Done!! She definitely rolls out better and gets 20+ highway now. new front bumper.jpg
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Took to weigh station for fun. Subtract 200 lbs cuz I was sitting in it.
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Damn looking good!!
Do the different turbo and manifold make a lot of difference power wise?
Also did you stud your heads before doing that upgrade? Or is that not needed
 

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Damn looking good!!
Do the different turbo and manifold make a lot of difference power wise?
Also did you stud your heads before doing that upgrade? Or is that not needed
Depends on what you consider "alot". I have not done before/after dyno comparisons and because I did them all at the same time, hard to say what did helped the most. Certainly they all helped. Tons of power after 2k rpm now. I've hit as high as 13psi during extended WOT. I did not install head studs. I have driven now at least 6,000 miles as above with no issues. There is an event near me on November 4th that has a dyno and I plan to run this truck 1 time on it just to get a number.

How do you find the *** down low? The build is looking great - would love that turbo!
The grunt off the line is definitely more, hard to say how much better. Not sure if its from the turbo or tune but its definitely a better towing vehicle now. If you plan to keep the a vehicle a while and its a daily or sees a good bit a miles, I would recommend the turbo. Something to consider is going to be the new turbo from Quadstar Tuning when that comes out later this year.
 

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Some more build pictures

Alternator from a 2001 Dmax. Removed vacuum pump and found a belt for a 1993 6.5 and fit great.
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Advanced auto parts computer says a 6.5 in the half tons is rare:coolnana:
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Went with a new stock-ish styled tail light
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For the dash bulbs, stock 194 bulbs and went to the LEDs. Might change from blue back to white eventually though.
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Lube specialists oil cooler line kit installed. Use thread sealer and get real snug
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lube spec oil lines.jpg

I used herculiner(lowes) for the sides of my truck. Fairly popular thing to do where I'm from in the north to help prevent rust. I had a bad section after removing the original trim trying for a clean look so I decided the best and easiest option after such a large chunk of paint came off was to bedline the sides.
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looking good.
 

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I have gained a 6.5 burb and am swapping all my new parts over and selling/scrapping this red truck. If anyone wants it, it'll be a fairly dismantled but have a good body, transmission, and 14 bolt 6 lug rear. I'll post a picture once I finish tearing it down.
 

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I have gained a 6.5 burb and am swapping all my new parts over and selling/scrapping this red truck. If anyone wants it, it'll be a fairly dismantled but have a good body, transmission, and 14 bolt 6 lug rear. I'll post a picture once I finish tearing it down.
You should post an ad in the Boneyard section of the MarketPlace

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Sold my 6.5 K1500. I stripped it down pretty good and sold it for $400. Almost all the aftermarket or new parts I put on it I removed as well as some good shape stock parts to swap onto my suburban. Here is a video I made of my truck before tearing it apart. I think only newer parts I left on it were the water pump, oil cooler lines, and tie rods.

Defintely was a cool truck but due to its needs and me wanting a little more interior space, it was time to go. Maybe eventually i'll get another.


 

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