From here that looks like a smokin deal.....
Not sure the actual towing capacity of that model, 3/4 ton will tow a decent size chipper with the diesel. Might have to upgrade the tow package, maybe even add helpers to the back.
Like I said, looks like a smoking deal....
Ya Im not saying that, that truck is a turd but Ive heard of many horror storys about the 6.5 and 6.2. But then again some people cant find a thing wrong with the one they have. So I dont know its a toss up. But a good deal toss up.
I don't mind the 6.5, but the gear ratio sucks for anything but cruising. If you can, take a picture of the rear axle's diffental cover (need to see its shape), or the wheel with the hub cap off.
I have a 93 3/4T 4wd with a 454 and the same tranny as that truck. I've never confirmed it, but it has either 4.10's or 4.56's and pulled the 6klb grinder and 2klb utility bed without trouble. Starting off in second for most gettings around. The 6.5 should be comparable or better in torque.
The motor is a turd, and can be either very problematic, or run great, it's a crap shoot.
If the clutch goes out, be ready to be down for at least three weeks while they try to figure out how to bleed it, and even then it may never work right. I have seen that SEVERAL times before. Even did a half ton of that year in the garage, never could get it right with ALL new parts?
The 3.42 gears will KILL any gain you made with the diesel! Great for a contractor just hauling lumber and hand tools. Put a skidsteer on the back and I am afraid it will be miserable experiance!!
But gears and rear ends are cheap enough, as Carl pointed out, so thats an easy fix.
I will say to stay away from it, I don't care for the motor, like I say, it's a good one, or a junk one, and you will never know until you own it. That being the first generation with the Hyd. clutch is another big issue with me. I would rather swap out six auto trannies before I do another one of those clutches!
Wise choice for all the reasons previously stated. I had my nice chevy dually with a 454 and my neighbor had the same truck with the diesel which he always loved pointing out how much better the diesel was. Until the injection pump went, and then went again 100k later. Not much was said after that.
Carl a quik way to check the ratio if the tag is gone. Is to jack up 1 rear wheel, make a mark at the bottom of the tire. Put a mark on the drive shaft and turn the tire 2 full revolutions while counting how many times the drive shaft turns. 2 turns on the wheel little over 4 turns on the drive shaft means 4.10 or 41/2 turns on the drive shaft means 4.56 ect ect.
Yeah, but I've never really cared, and that's quicker!
That is a good tip, although I'm fairly certain that you meant 1 tire revolution. The spider gears don't offer any mechanical advantage/disadvantage to the side gears or R&P. If you're driving along through some sloppyness and one wheel breaks free, it doesn't spin 2x the rpm it was originally going.