I've taken my first step down the Diesel Swap path.
I have been talking about it for quite some time, but now, I own a Diesel Donor.
turned me onto this:
1993 GMC Vandura 3500 Utility VAN 6.2L Diesel 1 ton
(I hope this link works)
It is a 1993 GMC Vandura 3500 Utility VAN powered by a 6.2L Diesel and backed by a 4L80 tranny.
1993 was the last year for the 6.2L Diesel and should have all the refinements/updates/upgrades for a factory 6.2.
Such as, modern real main seal, serpentine belt system, updated DB2 injector pump, etc..
VAN Diesels are different than Truck/Blazer/'burb motors as they have different exhaust manifolds, water pump inlets, other smaller items
4L80 has a stand alone computer and are easy to rebuild! (thanx JeepInPete
Suppose to run 'great' (we'll see, I hope it does)
The Mirrors, large fuel tank(?) and 16" load range E tires will go on my J20.
As the 14 bolt rearend is too wide for my Wag, I might could sell it to recoup some of my cost.
It was cheap!
It's 340 miles from me. (time)
It has 197,753 miles on the clock, but I've been told that if a 6.2l has been taken care of, that should be okay with this many miles.
Being that is a cargo van, I am hoping these are highway miles.
It's 4L80 slips bad, but can lot drive (tranny rebuild $$$)
I need to trailer it or flat tow it home (gas $$$)
Any suggestions as to which would be better?
I need to find a place to park it while I pull the drivetrain out (I need to be good neighbor) (space)
My goal is to make my '86 Grand Wagoneer a DD to replace my ailing '99 Grand Cherokee (WJ).
My WJ gets approx 18 on the highway (I may have gotten 20 once)
and about 15-16 in town.
I would love to get as good if not better MPG with a larger vehicle while using cheaper fuel.
Besides, my Waggie is way kewler than my WJ would ever be!
This is a long term project that I will work on a little at a time.
My budget is very limited for such hobbies.
I will most certainly will be asking many more questions and post pics as I go along.
If my WJ get any worse, which I am sure it will, I may accelerate this project.
It really depends on which is cheaper to fix at the time.
Today, it's a wash, about the same amount of investment of time and $$$ to either repair the WJ or swap a Diesel into the Wag.
Which should be an indicator of how bad the WJ is.
I'll make another posting with the details and pics of when I go collect it.