Originally Posted by Rchampagne
just picked up a 1981 exsella 280 with isuzu diesel odometer reads 80,000 #2 piston went through the side of the block.over all condition of rv is all good in search of 6bd1T block. What are these moho's worth thx
Your motor is a 6BD1A with a BAE low pressure aftermarket turbo kit. The last time someone blew a 6BD1A motor, it took them three years to get a new motor and up and running again.
While I strongly suspect there is very little external difference between a 6BD1a and a 6BD1T, regarding where ancillary stuff is attached, I don't know for sure. Also keep your motor for swapping over fuel delivery systems if you buy an industrial version of the 6BD1, A or T, as fuel systems for industrial motors are not variable as automotive ones are.
What I do know for sure, is if and when my 6BD1A goes BOOM, (which I pray it doesn't), I have a Cummins P-Pump 12 valve motor with an Allison transmission ready to replace it with. You'd have better luck going that route, especially down the road as far as searching for parts for the motor is concerned.
If you decide to go the Cummins route, please contact me to sell engine parts off your 6BD1.
PS What is an 81 280 worth? Not as much as later 310's, which have the more desirable center bathroom and rear panowindows. A good working Excella diesel in unrestored or unrenovated condition is worth 15 to 20K; but it could cost you 15+k to get and replace the motor.