Originally Posted by Roadrunner
Ask what kind of mileage it gets. I would guess 4 mpg.
I ran 250K miles in a converted Eagle 10 with an 8v71TA (318hp). Scale weight around 40k lbs.
I ran my diesel generator out of my main diesel tan so my mileage calcs were skewed by the fuel used while parked. Even so, I ran a consistent 7.1mpg - 7.3mpg.
There is a reason that they call them "Screamin' Eagles". The 8v71 Detroit at 2400RPM is LOUD.
I would buy another in an instant. Hugely reliable, relatively easy to service. Even I can do minor work on them. Another poster stated that it is hard to find folk to work on them. In my experience all I had to do to find good 2 stroke Detroit guys was to go to a bus shop or DD service shop and look for guys with gray hair..... Half way kidding, one of the sharpest DD 2 stroke guys I met looked about 19 and worked for Smith DD in SLC.
They still build the DD 2 stroke for limited applications today.