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Re: 1996 Chevy 6.5

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08-06-2013 22:54:18

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I'm a Chevy guy and own/have owned quite a few 6.2's and 6.5's, but a rat-eaten 6.5 would NOT be a good backup unit for your mech-injected Cummins-powered Dodge.

Unless you are familiar with the Stanadyne DS-2 fuel system they used, or want to take a LOT of time to learn, you CANNOT afford to own one, ESPECIALLY with chewed wiring 'cuz having a "pro" fumble with it will BREAK you!!!

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Walter Buller

08-07-2013 05:53:38

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 Re: 1996 Chevy 6.5 in reply to Bob, 08-06-2013 22:54:18  
Thanks Bob. I do have a couple of excellent mechanic friends who would help me real cheap. But even so, what do you think about my idea of putting a 5.9 Cummins into this Chevy? I know nothing about the Stanadyne DS-2 fuel system. What is so complicated about it?

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08-08-2013 15:09:47

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 Re: 1996 Chevy 6.5 in reply to Walter Buller, 08-07-2013 05:53:38  
There's no such thing as a "DS2" injection pump (as far as I know). Someone is getting numbers and letters confused. 6.2s and mechanically injected 6.5s use DB2 pumps. Civilian 6.5s from 1994 and up use electronic DS4 injection pumps. The new military 6.5s are still mechanically injected.

It took Stanadyne and GM many years to work the "failure" bugs out of the DS4 electronic system. Thus the bad rep. It finally became fairly reliable but expensive. I"ll take a mechanical pump anytime.

I do not believe that 6.5 got 14 MPG pulling that camper. I"ve had several 6.5s and over twenty 6.2s. Just pulling a 21 foot camper I tended to get around 13 MPG. My Ford 7.3s about the same and my 5.9 Cummins 2-4 MPG better.

I know of several Cummins 3.9s and 5.9s that got attached to GM 4L80E tranmissions. Took some work and I'm not sure it was worth the bother - but it certainly can be done.

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08-30-2013 23:31:23

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 Re: 1996 Chevy 6.5 in reply to jdemaris, 08-08-2013 15:09:47  
You are CORRECT, JD, (of course, as ALWAYS), I got the model designation WRONG, which is UNIMPORTANT in this scenario, 'cuz I told him the EXACT truth, in that there's a WHOLE LOT of $$$$ and heartbreak ahead for him if he buys it and has to pay someone else to make it "run".

Which is the WHOLE point of this thread.

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Walter Buller

08-09-2013 06:03:55

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 Re: 1996 Chevy 6.5 in reply to jdemaris, 08-08-2013 15:09:47  
Thanks jdemaris.

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