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Small Diesel Pickup Trucks....

Post in 'The Green Room' started by webbie, Jun 6, 2006.

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  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Are there any small or mid-size pickups on the market with decent diesel engines and good mileage. I'm talking a small diesel, not the ones that tow 8,000 lbs. Something that I might be able to convert to Bio or Grease.

    I know I can't get one new in Ma., but perhaps I can find a relatively new one somewhere nearby.

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  2. bruce56bb

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  3. elkimmeg

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    In the 80's There were small diesel pk trucks, most sported Isuzu 4 cly diesel engins, be it dodge or chevy. Ebay had one last week Isuzu Mid 80's only 94k on the motor capable of going 250k. It neeeded body work $1,800 in RI. The major manufactures make them but not sold here South America, Europe, and Asia .

    What I am looking into is retro fitting a even rebuilding one of those 4 cly engins from the 80's and install it in my 1998 Isuzu. I have the free vegie oil supply already lined up. Found another engine $2400


    We had a good discussion in a couple threads down about septic and well water from ChrisN/
  4. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Craig,

    Not a pickup, but I understand that Jeep is selling a 4 cylinder diesel of the jeep liberty. see www.jeep.com and go to liberty vehicle. If you want a pickup, go to lowes and buy a small trailer to tow behind it. 295 ft/lbs of torque will out tow any small pickup.

    It's a common rail diesel, so I'd look into if it will handle bio or SVO.
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  6. saichele

    saichele Minister of Fire

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    We just got a couple of those sprinter vans with the Mercedes 5 cyl diesels, and they rock. And they're RWD, so swapping it to a conventional pickup might be feasible. Probaby have to use their slushbox transmission though. Or get a custom backplate, shaft, and bellhousing.

    Steve
  7. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    i have a friend that has a couple of those sprinters. he loves them so far no repairs. he is a plumber that has everything on board so it's very heavy and he still gets 22 to 23 a gallon with all that weight. those 5 cyl merc/benz engines are very reliable and are work horses.
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    backpack09 Minister of Fire

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    Mexico?
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    Corie Minister of Fire

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    I really do wish they made one. On Top Gear, they're always talking about the Toyota Hilux with the diesel engine and they absolutely adore the little truck. If only I could get one here. I could swap a diesel into my truck now, but its a LOT of work, and I don't have the time or the place to do it right now.
  11. IowaBrian

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    I know there was talk of a smaller truck from Chevy and or Ford but no news of late that I have seen maybe the GOV put a stop to it. If they made a small S10 type they would sell a ton of them. I should say if they were allowed to sell a small truck in the USA they would sell a ton of them. Just too much red tape. I have a Dodge gas and wish I had small dieseel like the ones they sell everywhere else. I would have it converted to grease since I have all of the parts in the garage just been looking for a good truck to convert!!!!!!!!!!
  12. velvetfoot

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    How about a Freightliner van?
  13. IowaBrian

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    Could find a old short school bus!!!!
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    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    same as the dodge sprinter.
    update
    my friend just got rid of all of them
    they had about 50,000 miles one blew a transmission $6,000 to repair.
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    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    but who wants to ride on the short bus :lol:
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    As a current driver of a 2006 Dodge Sprinter van, I can tell you that it's no good. This one replaced the 2002 Freightliner Van that the engine blew apart in 2006, after a long life of 130,000 miles (!). They tell me to drive it, so I drive it, but the 2006 just got out of the shop after waiting 3 weeks for a part to come in from Germany. After 35,000 miles on the 2006, the ECM decided it didn't want work. Never again!!! When it runs, it runs great, but 3 weeks in the shop for a relatively new truck.... not a chance!!
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    That's too bad.
    So much for Mercedes.
    Maybe the association with Chrysler rubbed off on them.
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    I always wanted a Sprinter/frieghtliner. So every time I would see one at a gas station or other place I would ask the driver what they thought about them. Most fleet drivers (ups,fedex,etc) gave negative comments. Slight lack of power but most of all traction. My electrician has one and says for the money he regrets buying it. He had a few failures and the fuel economy was not worth the large investment. I think I would still get one if I found a sweet deal though. I currently drive a cab and a half full bed Silverado 2500HD diesel and get 20mpg real world highway and about 16 back roads. The truck weighs 7K. I have driven it with home made BD with no troubles. I would not however try strait veg oil. First off too expensive to repair if something goes wrong. The Bosch injectors are notorious for failing with dirty fuel.

    James
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    I wonder if a lot of the issues are caused by abuse? Ever watched those fx drivers in action?

    I have been researching these vans and they seem fairly tuff.

    They seem to be more of a light wieght hauler unless they have duals on them.

    I am looking for a weekender type of van for traveling the U.S. over the next 5 or so years.
    Anyone know of anything in the pipe due out over the next year or so that may fill my need?



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    http://blog.cardomain.com/blog/2008/02/mahindra-hybrid.html

    Looks like one is coming. It is going to be built in an undisclosed location in Ohio.

    Looks a lot like a Jeep to me. Could end up being build in the Jeep plants.

    Looking forward to seeing this.

    They are also going to build a hybred diesel.
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    Hybrid diesel would be the way to go. With the new CAFE standards coming out, I'd wait a few years to see what turns up. GM, for example, has already announced a new hybrid system that will get better MPG than the current system. Amazing how they came out with it less than a month after the new CAFE regs went into effect they had the system ready to go. Also, they have announced that they are looking at a new 4.7L V8 for the Corvette, with 150HP less than the current Corvette has. The kicker here is, the new C8 Vette will have the same power to weight ratio as the existing Vettes, so it'll get better mileage, handle better, yet be just as fast. They plan to cut some 400lbs off the Vette to keep the power/weight ratio the same. They are going to have to work on the other ones as well.

    What I'm waiting for is the new 4.5L V8 diesel that GM is supposed to be coming out with soon. It is the same physical size as a small block V8, but unlike GM's 70s attempt this is built as a diesel from the ground up. Once it comes out, I'll be scrounging the salvage yards looking for a complete takeout which will find its way into my S10 pickup. I figure it'll get 200HP and 400TQ, and I'm hoping that with some tweaking will get some 40-50MPG, maybe better. Should be able to run a 2.92 or 2.56 rear ratio with a diesel and still have pretty good acceleration.
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