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Old 05-10-2011, 02:30 AM
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New Member/Long Time Lurker, and my Square Body Chevrolet K10

Joined because after being linked to jakeshoe's TH400 article, I figured I should finally join. Since for years every time I search for something on the net I get linked here. Figure I might as well cut out the middle man!

I have a 1978/81/86/91 GM K10. The state of Maryland is going to see it as a '81 though, so I will leave it at that. Here is a basic run down of what it currently will be, and a couple pictures. I am building a 6.5 diesel that is going to get top end work, and a custom header/turbo setup.

-Short Bed
-'86 Cab
-'91 Silverado Suburban Front-Clip
-'91 Silverado Suburban Doors
-350 Small Block
--Casting #3970010
--4-bolt Main Caps
--Flat Top Pistons
--#3973487 Heads
---1.94/1.5 Valves
--Weiand #7508 Intake
--Holley Manual Secondary Double Pumper
--HEI Dizzy
--2006 4.3 Accessories
-Muncie SM465
-Mechanical Clutch 12" Disc
-NP208 Transfer Case
-12-Bolt Rear (Posi - 3.42 Gears - 4" Lift)
-10-Bolt Front (WARN Hubs - 3.42 Gears - 4" Lift)
-Outlaw II Wheels (15x10)




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Old 05-10-2011, 12:31 PM
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Welcome! Sweet lookin' truck. Looks like the chopped-up Corvette from the recent Hot Rod issues. I have a '77 Chevy pickup and have always been interested in a diesel swap. How is yours coming along? Any hiccups to watch out for?
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:33 PM
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Welcome to the site.

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:26 PM
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Welcome! Sweet lookin' truck. Looks like the chopped-up Corvette from the recent Hot Rod issues. I have a '77 Chevy pickup and have always been interested in a diesel swap. How is yours coming along? Any hiccups to watch out for?
Thanks.

If your doing the swap with a 6.2, or 6.5 mechanical injection it is pretty straight forward. The biggest things to remember are if it is a automatic you need to have the matching diesel converter for the right stall, and the diesel 700 has some fancy brackets for the TV cable. I'd ask someone who knows about 700's for that though...

The lack of vacuum makes your HVAC controls a bother. Both the 6.2, and 6.5 have a available vacuum pump though. I am either going to have to get one of these pumps, or do a cable conversion on everything...

If you are doing a manual you need a specific flywheel for the engine. If you are using a 6.5 skip the dual mass million dollar flywheel and get a 6.2 fly wheel. GM even went back to the 6.2 flywheel near the end of the 6.5 life span because the dual mass wheel was junk. I plan to run a 6.2 wheel, and either my current 12" clutch, or give Centerforce a ring...

You'll most likely need a Big Block, or 6.2 radiator. I haven't tried a smaller radiator, I don't know if they can handle it. It just seems like the standard thinking on the subject.

As far as wiring goes you need to mount a second battery, and make the battery cables to chain them together. Hook up the starter, fuel shut off, high idea, and cold advance wires. The glow plug controller wires, and whatever sensors, and accessory wires there are. Not QUITE as simple as a HEI gasser, but by no means hard to do... And don't forget to route the cable for the block heater!

Make sure to get the exhaust crossover with the engine, or you will have to buy one...
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:52 PM
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Never mind, I'll just stick with 'ol 350 lol! j/k, thanks for sharing all this. It gives a very good idea of whats involved.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:24 PM
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Haha. It isn't as bad as it sounds. Not much different then, say a BB swap, or a 400SB. They all have their own special junk. What makes my conversion more complicated is I am doing a head job, custom headers, and a custom intercooled turbo setup.
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