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Old 02-04-2018, 01:07 PM   #1
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PREBUILT - 1960 GMC Superior, Diesel pusher, Detroit 6-53

Conversion, Diesel Pusher - $4850 (SEDRO WOOLLEY)

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/r...483068949.html

Drive it away! 1960 GMC Superior, Diesel pusher, Detroit 6-53, Allison automatic. Does have air brakes, power steering, easy and fun to drive. Runs like a top! 35' LOA. Rear bedroom not finished. Comes with newer furnace, hot water heater, water pump. Older conversion but has been well cared for. Also has an onboard generator but I never did start it. May consider trades, especially a dual sport, or classic car.

This looked like such a good starter for anyone that doesn't want to do the whole build thing.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:05 AM   #2
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:25 PM   #3
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That looks like it could be a real fun, head turner. Not sure it would be anything I'd be able to maintain, but it does have that retro vibe. How is that Detroit to work on? Can't see the condition of the tires, but I bet they gotta be $1200+ to replace.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:27 PM   #4
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The 6V53's have a very good service reputation like many 2-stroke diesels.

But...be advised of that engines nickname..."The Screamer". Without a doubt the loudest motor this side of the Space Shuttle. Had one in my last BBAA and it was painful at times. They are Vee motors and they run at higher RPM's than most diesels...about three grand. They range from 216 hp to 320 depending on how they are aspirated. Some are normal, some are turbo and some (most it seems) were supercharged (mine was). They were very popular as marine engines for many decades which is a good indicator of the reputation for reliability.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:33 PM   #5
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The 6V53's have a very good service reputation like many 2-stroke diesels.

But...be advised of that engines nickname..."The Screamer". Without a doubt the loudest motor this side of the Space Shuttle. Had one in my last BBAA and it was painful at times. They are Vee motors and they run at higher RPM's than most diesels...about three grand. They range from 216 hp to 320 depending on how they are aspirated. Some are normal, some are turbo and some (most it seems) were supercharged (mine was). They were very popular as marine engines for many decades which is a good indicator of the reputation for reliability.
I may or may not know where a supercharger NOS is for that motor. I don't even own the motor, but wanted that pretty blower.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:46 PM   #6
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FWIW...the blower was probably half the noise.
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Old 02-08-2018, 02:35 PM   #7
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As much as I like the retro look, it is more bus than we need. Add the fact that is a little longer of a "test drive" trip than I would want to undertake. (specially with a screaming engine....even if it is a pusher ) I'll let someone closer to it, have it.
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:56 PM   #8
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I'd buy that in a heartbeat if it was 1000 miles closer. Way cool!

53's are alright reliability wise. They are screamers for sure. Being a 2 stroke the noise they make resembles a normal v6 at 6 grand . I'd love one in a bus though because the sound is unmistakable. I've just never seen one close to me that was for sale at a decent price.

As far as blowers and stuff go. The only 2 cycle detroits that didn't have a blower were the 51 series, and I've never seen one. All the other 53 and larger engines have to be blown in order to push in the intake air. They really aren't there to create boost or anything like that. When a turbo is added, most will have a bypass blower to allow the more efficient turbo to supply the air when it is spooled up.

If you're looking for a good sound video of a 6v53, Here is my favorite.
https://youtu.be/7NpCexF3zH8
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:09 PM   #9
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Sweet sound. It would sure cover up the little lady's yapping all the way from Washington (far North Washington) to Texas. Oh wait it's a pusher........wait, I don't think the wife would want to sit in the back, all that way.

Just kidding, I love my wife.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:15 PM   #10
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I was just noticing the right side mirror. It doesn't look like it would be visible from the driver's seat. It's mounted on the forward door post.
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