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My wife and I decided I should probably have a slightly more reliable daily driver than a 63 willy's wagon. Plus we needed something to pull our horses up to Cascade, and to drag my jeep around if I ever get it back together.

So I spent some time on Craigslist and came up with this. 94 Chevy 3/4 ton, 6.5 turbo diesel, lotsa miles, everything works. It drives quite nice, and blows black smoke when I hammer down on the throttle. I know it can't touch a newer diesel, shoot it can't even touch a cummins of the same era. However I think I'm into it for the right price, and it has the features I couldn't find on other rigs for twice the price. Namely extended cab, and 4wd.

I almost bought a 94 dodge with only 130K on the ticker, but couldn't pull the trigger for three reasons. First it was used to pull a fifth wheel and all the wiring for it was in the bed, I would have had to yank and re-route the wiring. Second, it was only 2wd. Third it was a single cab. I think I would have bought it if it was an extended cab, but there is just no substitute for space.
 

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How big is your horse trailer? How often do you plan on towing with this rig?
My friend had one, and he had overheating problems pulling his camp trailer on FLAT ground. He also had an automatic trans, so maybe this helped to cause his problem. Anyway, he said he'd never recomend one of these engines in a truck/suburban if you're going to be towing wih it. He just completed a Duramax swap into his 2000-something Yukon XL.
 

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Good score!!

I was looking at that truck as well. 6.5's don't scare me, I wouldn't mind owning one at all. Definitely would look at moving your fuel controller to keep it cool though.

I like the one from SSDiesel Supply :: GM 6.5 TD Specialists, PMD failure, FSD heat sync kit.

The fuel controller had already been moved by the previous owner. Plus the engine lid has been tossed to prevent heat buildup. I think I got a solid rig.

My only other experience with the 6.5 is when I used my cousins to haul my Nissan down to Ft. Collins CO, and then haul two Wagons back. Top speed was 55mph, but that was due to the second wagon gettin jiggy at anything over that. No temp problems, comfortable to drive, I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't scared away either.
 

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Not the most powerful, but still very reliable, dependable trucks.

Nice looking truck and a good score.

It'll work out good for you.
 

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Did you see the cooling system upgrades on that site? It is basically going to the 97 up setup.
I actually spent a little bit of time on that site after I saw your link. There's some pretty cool stuff there, and some good 6.5 tech. I just have to be careful, and not spend all my money on mods for my tow rig, and have nothing left over for my other projects:rotfl:
 

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