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Old 07-29-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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I Just got a 2002 Chevy 3500 Bus!

Recently retired from school service, just found it, think I got a decent deal.

It's got a 6.5 v8 Diesel, though. Everyone seems really, really hesitant on these and says they need a lot of work to be viable.

I've even seen some lists saying they require a TON of aftermarket mods to make it viable.

What should I do, immediately, to make this thing viable long term?

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Old 07-29-2019, 10:03 AM   #2
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Recently retired from school service, just found it, think I got a decent deal.

It's got a 6.5 v8 Diesel, though. Everyone seems really, really hesitant on these and says they need a lot of work to be viable.

I've even seen some lists saying they require a TON of aftermarket mods to make it viable.

What should I do, immediately, to make this thing viable long term?

TYIA!
They're decent enough. Under powered would probably be the main complaint folks have about them. Relocate the engine's computer as the factory location cooks it.
Could do a lot worse, imo.
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:07 AM   #3
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Actually, power isn't my concern. It's for long hauls.

I'll have to look into this computer relocation. Heat is a concern, especially with it's first trip already on the books!
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:11 AM   #4
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Actually, power isn't my concern. It's for long hauls.

I'll have to look into this computer relocation. Heat is a concern, especially with it's first trip already on the books!
Lot of info on the web on that. Doesn't seem to be too bad a job.
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:13 AM   #5
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Is this the fuel pump driver? Or is this something else? I want to get this done ASAP if that's the case. Any further information would be great. As you can tell, I'm totally new. Don't even have the bus in possession yet.
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:18 AM   #6
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Is this the fuel pump driver? Or is this something else? I want to get this done ASAP if that's the case. Any further information would be great. As you can tell, I'm totally new. Don't even have the bus in possession yet.
YEah that's it the PMD relocation.
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:37 AM   #7
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Thanks! This is super useful!

I will get right on this!
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Old 07-29-2019, 11:48 AM   #8
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Thanks! This is super useful!

I will get right on this!
according to GM mechanics, one of the common problems with the 6.5 is getting the case that holds the air intake filter sealed properly - the slightest leak lets dust in that is directed to piston #8 - only takes a few miles of driving after that happens and you're blowing black smoke and diesel fuel every where
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Old 07-29-2019, 11:59 AM   #9
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THIS! HOLY ****.

I'm literally taking this to the dustiest place in the world on it's first trip. So....any thoughts on this?
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:07 PM   #10
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They're decent enough. Under powered would probably be the main complaint folks have about them. Relocate the engine's computer as the factory location cooks it.
Could do a lot worse, imo.
Is that on the left fender like my 07?
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