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Old 04-19-2021, 07:58 PM   #1
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need advice on 1994 chevy short bud diesel

Iím new to this but i am having trouble finding any information on what motor is in a 1994 chevy short bud. All i have been told is itís diesel and they are not sure what else. i have no manual or information plate anywhere to be seen on it.
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:24 PM   #2
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That is the world famous 6.2 diesel. If turbo it is the equally famous 6.5 diesel. When you look up parts to repair the speedometer they refer you to a small stick on calendar
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:35 PM   #3
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thank you! i am ignorant especially to diesel. how can i tell if it is turbo and is it a good engine? i’m confused by your last sentence? small stick on the calendar?
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:05 PM   #4
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i have not bought this bus yet but was planning to this week. is it worth it and how hard are finding parts
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:50 PM   #5
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Well if it is a 6.2 non turbo they are not fast. So I used a calendar. Look for a label under the hood on the radiator support giving emission data. Also look in the glove box there may be a label there too. It will list the options from the factory. I had a 1985 chevy 6.2 I bought new. It was slow but steady and I never had to be towed home. A few times I could not leave home but..
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ok i went by and looked and it’s a 6.5 non turbo. took awhile cause most data papers and plates are not in it. also it has 180k but i hear they can ride much longer. thanks for helping i’m new to these types of engines.
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so i read so many mixed opinions. are these fairly reliable in your opinion and will i be able to locate parts fairly easy?
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:08 AM   #8
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The 6.5 non turbo is a re-do of the 6.2. As to the parts availability I would not be to concerned. This engine was used in military Humvee trucks for years. Both as a NA and turbo versions. As to the mileage they are good for, it is dependent on prior maintenance and operation. So that will be a crap shoot. If you have a local mechanic that is knowledgeable on those engines pay him to look at it and advise you on condition. It may be the best money you ever spent. If only we could do that before marriage...
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