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Old 11-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1955 Buick Special sedan - diesel conversion

So I am starting my thread on the 6.2 install on the 55 buick. I will run biodiesel when done....


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Old 11-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ambitious project - I'm impressed.

The last pic is your "new" engine that will go in the Buick? What was the donor vehicle before it was stripped to the frame? Cust curious.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks! i like ambitious! the engine donor is an 84 Chevy 1500 :-)
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was going to say it looks like that frame, cross member, double wish bone and motor to frame mount looks just like whats on my suburban.

Oh that block is likely cracked.
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I second what Oil Pan 4 said about the block. Remove the pan and look closely at the webs around the outer bolt holes. Also look closely around the cylinder bottoms. I have one of these blocks that has a small crack at the cylinder bottom due to core shift when the casting was made. This is/was a known problem with these motors. The best blocks are the ones from 82 83 as they have a high Nickle content.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've had an 87 and 84 6.2 and never had a problem. I've already had the oil pan off.... looks good. Ran good when I pulled it too.
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Hmmm did a little more research on this and seems that I may in fact have an 82. The block numbers are def 6.2 but I'm told the red painted engine block is 82 only.... any truth. I never had the body or title, i bought the rolling frame with the intent of setting a 52 International truck on, at the time i was told it was an 84. and now wanting to move the motor to the buick.... hhhmmm
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To Determine if you got really lucky. Check the date code on the back of the block, driver side, behind the head, there should be a casting date like this.

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Thank you. Even if not, I'll run this one til it drops, then swap for a better one... a 6.5 will mount on the same mounts too....

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