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Old 04-05-2016, 07:36 PM   #11
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8V71 Detriot is also known as a 318 Detroit as that was the most common HP rating and the majority of them do not have turbo's, the "supercharger" is called the scavenging blower on a Detroit and does very little supercharging, if treated right and not overheated, they are damm near indestructable
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:43 PM   #12
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That sounds nice if you can afford the fuel to travel in it. I don't understand why you think this would be unreliable. It's had an in frame rebuild and the front end worked on.
That is kind of old though if you're looking for reliability. Things just go wrong with ALL rigs so you'd better be able to tinker.
I fixed that one
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:42 PM   #13
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Thanks CB. Very true. But if you're getting a '64 you'd better enjoy restoring.
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Fair enough.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:28 AM   #15
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Few things:

1) Be sure you find a knowledgeable 2 stroke mechanic before you buy it. If you know nothing about 2 strokes, or diesels, I would suggest passing.

2) Be sure you can find a good supply of the correct 40w oil for this engine.

3) Parts are getting scarce, and expensive.
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Two stroke diesels are still being use in the logging industry. They're not gone.
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and in fire trucks, although the newer ones are going to derated cummins n14's
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I'm with opus.

Although they might not be extinct. They are rare, with the last ones being installed 20 years ago. The only ones that are in use around here are on gensets and the oddball truck.

I'm not so sure about the 500k mile engine statement. Although I'm sure some have hit that mark, most that I've seen are substantially less then that. They are pretty unique in the way they operate, and I've always found them to be somewhat finicky.

So unless you're pretty well mechanically inclined, or know somebody that is knowledgeable about them, I'd avoid them.

There is a very knowledgeable community regarding the two strokes over on 4bt forums that can help you out if you still desire the undertaking.
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Two stroke diesels are still being use in the logging industry. They're not gone.
I deal with people and 2 strokes almost daily. Parts [older road use] are getting hard to find, and actually 2 stroke mechanics are even harder to find.
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I'm with Opus...they were great in their day...but their day is just about over.
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