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Rusty, I had a 1984 Mercedes 300D with the 5cyl. turbo diesel engine, and I put 327,000 miles on it before I traded it in on an S420 with a gas engine. The diesel was great and the gas engine S420 was on the back of a tow truck 4 times in the 6 years that I owned it.The Isuzus diesel engine is one of the best if not "the" best car diesel out there (Mercedes is still probably number one) . My good buddy who is also a Master Mechanic and 3 others at the transit dept who work with me, also own the Isuzus diesels in trucks. They all swear by them and most have over 200,000 miles on them ! One guy has gone through 2 bodies but the engine is still running great.
thanks for your quick response! not positive where i'll be working on it yet but in any case i'll be using ratchet straps off a solid fixed point of some sort. i don't have my own shop and want to do this indoors so i will have to use one of my friends spaces. it will be a couple weeks before i dive into it, just trying to get my game plan sorted out right now. in the meantime i will check out your easter m1008 thread. i will get back in touch once i get started and keep you posted. i'm happy to know i'll have you as a resource as i haven't done anything this extensive before and it seems like you really know your stuff. thanks again!I can help you with this. Do you have a cherry picker for removing engines? Or a building to connect ratchet straps to? Check out my Easter find M1008 thread. Lots of tips. First thing is to get the penetrating oil working on the 4 cab bolts. Get it sprayed up in the weld nut holes really good. Do it several times. A couple cans. I do NOT like broken cab nuts. So far so good. Report back. Ask away. I will help. But get the oil started a while.
Rick, How bout Mr. crinkled for the build.I done a lot outside. Myself. I removed a cab and remounted it from a tree limb. I have had several cab's and tubs from CUCV M1009-M1010. I have an M1009 that I will be re-framing coming to a build near you. That is due January 2018. Completion summer 2018. It will probably be in the garage before then soaking the cab mounts. It has been sitting wrecked since 2008. I will start a new thread on that project. Thinking of a name for that build at the moment. But what you want to do is completely doable.
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