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Torontocity 10-12-2009 09:03 PM

Toronto Greetings (1994 Suburban w/ Mercedes diesel swap)
Hey all...I'm a family man...Seven kids...need a big 4x4 truck, y'know Toronto and snow...Well i got a 94 Suburban but tired of going gas station to gas i'm Pulling out the gas engine and installing a mercedes benz 5 Cyl. Diesel. I'll say not enough power...But i'm adding a 700r4 Transmission and i promise not to go wall climbing.
I am in the prosess...engine and tranny is out and Diesel engine is in Machine shop making an adaptor plate...Now i am less that a novice and i'm gonner need all the help i can get...Mostly with wiring.
Will keep y'all up to date...

Johnny Mullet 10-12-2009 09:25 PM

The newer Mercedes 5 cylinder diesel installed in the Dodge Sprinter van is a surprisingly powerful engine. Is that the engine we are using?

Torontocity 10-12-2009 10:14 PM

I Wish!!! This is a 1984 W126 diesel...pretty good on the Car...We'll see how she performs on the Truck...

MetroMPG 11-01-2009 08:34 PM

Belated welcome, Torontocity.

And... sounds like a really interesting project. You won't find me accusing anyone of having an underpowered engine! I'm of the opinion that my 49ish horsepower is excessive. :) I'd gladly trade some of it for more efficiency.

I hope you'll keep us updated. Please start a dedicated thread and we'll put it in the Project Library.

PS - I spent my first 15 years in Scarberia. :)

Torontocity 11-19-2009 09:01 PM

UPDATE !!! The truck is up and running... Copy and paste this...

MetroMPG 11-20-2009 09:10 AM

Congratulations, Torontocity - is that the engine you had planned to use in your intro post?

Looking forward to your driving impressions & fuel economy reports.

Torontocity 11-20-2009 06:32 PM

Well...i had the choice between the Turbo 300SD and non Turbo 300D...I went with the Turbo...It Pulls Good...........

moTthediesel 11-20-2009 10:50 PM


I used to have an old LandCruiser FJ60. I pulled out the straight six gasser and put in a Canadian market Toyo 3B four cylinder diesel. I added a turbo that I got on fleaBay and it ran great. If anything it accelerated faster with the new engine, and it improved my FE from 14 mpg to 25 mpg --Great Success!

Good luck with your project -- and it sounds great -- like a real truck!

MetroMPG 11-21-2009 01:27 PM

Should really have tried to keep one thread going on this topic...

Anyway, here's the other thread discussing this project:

max_frontal_area 11-24-2009 03:59 AM


Originally Posted by Torontocity (Post 140610)
Well...i had the choice between the Turbo 300SD and non Turbo 300D...I went with the Turbo...It Pulls Good...........

the OM617, the one with turbo makes 150hp @ nearly 5k! kkk makes a k26 turbo which is next size larger direct bolt on with integrated wastegate. the factory turbo was a bit too small therefore the high rpms required to make any power.
if you ever do any work on it port the head and look for an intake manifold off
another benz i can look up if you are interested.
intercool and consider water injection to manage your egts now that you are dragging around another 2-4k Lbs with 2x the CD to boot.

once you get it tuned you can expect some interesting MPG!

the 700t is it 4 or 5 speed, you made the adapter from scratch?
what did you do for a flywheel/clutch? do you have any pictures?

i have been wanting to do this to a early 70's f-350....

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