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Old 03-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #15
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Photos of engine surgery posted

Apparently Eric didn't take his camera very often, but there is one set of photos he sent, which I have cropped and posted in the gallery under "why you don't want to run it out of water" #1 and #2 were worst, but three of the others were pretty bad too. But, the engine still ran, in fact made 60 mph on the highway from Tacoma to Gig Harbor (with about 2 pounds of turbo boost due to leaks, and 1050 degrees on the pyro). All fixed now
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:56 PM   #16
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:52 PM   #17
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Hi Guys I have an 82 280 turbo deisel that runs well however my boost gauge does not work and It crawls up hills... I am wondering if my turbo is gone and need some direction here...

Also anyone who has those missing manuals I.E.. cross reference to other Isuzu parts I would greatly appreciate...

On another note I put a gear vendors in along with a a new tranny and I cruise at 75 with out blinking till i hit a hill.......

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:06 PM   #18
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till i hit a hill.......
Get the boost gage replaced, you should be showing 5-10 psi when climbing. The diesel should have had a Allison transmission, 40 mph is the norm. When you blow the turbo, you'll smoke like mad! Watch the tach, 75 seems a little much since 3200 rpm is max for the diesel. We've got a o.d. also and 65 is our crusing speed.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:05 AM   #19
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Just what Mike said, get that boost gage replaced. But, one other thing to check before assuming that the turbo is blown, check the whole air system around the turbo. Normally you'll hear if the hot side of the turbo has a leak, but you can just as easily have major leaks in the cool(er) side, especially if you have an intercooler. At least some, if not all, of these were installed aftermarket and the ducting to them can be quite flaky. We had many inch-long slits in the flex tubing connecting the intercooler to the induction system, so while the turbo was producing boost, it wasn't doing the engine any good.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:55 PM   #20
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I will be home this week and inspecting it.. as for the Gear vendors I am running 75 at under 2500 rpm.. the 82 came with a turbo 400 ... Not the Allison also the turbo 400 was of special make with flat cut gears... quite a pain.....

I had it replaced with a shift kit and Allison converter cost close to 2k ... The only thing I don't like about the GV overdrive is that you have to change fluids every 5000 miles...

Now on the turbo... how is that boost gauge connected? Is it vacuum or solenoid??

What else should I be looking at?

Honestly If I need to replace that gauge I have a few others that fit the bill...( for replacement that is...)

Also where do I find replacement hose for that turbo..?

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Old 05-03-2009, 01:45 PM   #21
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I have a U.S. Gear od with a hot-rod turbo 400 w/Allison converter. I can't believe you're getting that kind of speed! Mine is a 310, a tad heavier, but I cruise at 65 at 3100 rpm. I wonder if someone changed the rear end to a higher ratio, which would account for the slug-like performance on hills? The boost gauge is simply manifold pressure, you should have a factory-installed pyro, also. I changed-out my gauges to: ISS: The source for vehicle instrumentation, climate control and electronics solutions since 1949
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:04 AM   #22
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Quick question for you guys... Anyone know how to replace the windshield wipers?

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Old 05-21-2009, 08:40 AM   #23
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Quick question for you guys... Anyone know how to replace the windshield wipers?

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There are a couple of screws that remove the blades, be carefull, it's tricky.
Finding blades is the hard part; suggest you take the blade to NAPA or such so they can match it.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:07 AM   #24
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Hi diesel guys ,Had good service from air flow systems inc.They sell tubing ,elbows,clamps ect. Have fun PHIL
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[quote=jjhypnotist;700013]Quick question for you guys... Anyone know how to replace the windshield wipers?

The only two parts I ever had trouble finding were the dashboard switch for the heater blower fan and then the windshield wipers. I eventually replaced the arms and assembly with a model which blades were easily found.
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Check out Mill Supply for wiper parts. Lot's of P30 chassis stuff for less $$.
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Check out Mill Supply for wiper parts. Lot's of P30 chassis stuff for less $$.
Where is that located? Do they have a link? I just found it, thanks.http://millsupply.com
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Where is that located? Do they have a link? I just found it, thanks.Mill Supply Index
Or go direct to the Step Van Catalog at Stepvan Catalog
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