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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)


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    I still don't have any good data for the mileage change with the new gears because I haven't driven it much. As soon as I did the gear swap, it was planting season around here and I needed to be driving my big truck all the time instead. Then, when we finished putting the crops out, I pulled the little truck into the body shop and did a quicky paint job on it. Check it out!!!







    I also reuphostered the seats in leather and had a local t-shirt shop do some embroidery in them.

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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Damn that trucks looking good. Are you going to bring it out to Slamology next weekend?
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BIGMIKE@GAUGE View Post
    Damn that trucks looking good. Are you going to bring it out to Slamology next weekend?
    Didn't make it to Slamology. I plan on going to a few shows but mostly diesel events.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    love the look of the bowtie, looks like cummins was ment to be there!!

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    god this truck is sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Awesome project, I would like to do this in a 73-87 Chevrolet/GMC Truck. Is there a 6BT or 8BT? Intercooler or after cooler. What did these come in, so I know how to search for them? I haven't read the thread yet but once I do it will probably answer some of my questions.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    updates: I'm up over 33 miles per gallon now and I have a HE341 turbo sitting on the workbench that will probably go on this winter. I think the new turbo will help me clear up some smoke and help with mileage because of that.
    Now for the real update:

    Good news! I made the cover of Diesel World Magazine!

    This is probably a once in a lifetime thing and I am so proud of it!

    The reason I, all of a sudden, painted the truck was because Diesel World contacted me. They wanted to take a few pics of the truck and put it in the magazine. I decided that I couldn't have it in the magazine with it looking like it did. I know the pics of it in blue don't look bad but up close, it was really beat up. Anyway, I painted it very quickly and met the guy for a photo shoot. The guy loved it and took a ton of picutes. Since then I've just been waiting with no idea when it would hit the magazine. Last week I got the December issue in the mail and, to my surprise, not only was it in there but on the cover!!!
    Thanks to everyone that has given suggestions to me and to others on this site becuse I have learned a lot here.

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    congrats on making the cover, thats a sweet truck ya got
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    'Nuff said...I'm buying that issue when it comes out....not only for your build but I also saw where it had a Duramax Tahoe in it. Since I can't do any of the work myself though, I highly doubt I'd be able to afford such a swap.......(sing song) "but ya never know"....lol

    Congrats on the cover. You should be very proud of yourself. LEt us know when it comes out.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Huge Congrats !!!!!!!!! Looks awesome.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Congratulations Nate! The truck looks awesome on the cover. Now when are you gonna let me drive it?

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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    BAD ASS! Congrats! And 33mpg wow... Someone should do a Fbody 4BT swap lol

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    I'm sure it's in the thread somewhere, but with the 4BT and making 30+mpg, how fast is this truck?

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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    But I bet the truck is slow as hell though. Did I see it mentioned it had like 105 hp? That would absolutely be the only downside to it. Sure it has torque but dang it would need some get-up-and-go, wouldn't it? Anyone care to through out how it would compare to a gasser performance-wise? Like a 5.3? A 6.0? A V-6?

    Still it is an awesome rig.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Quote Originally Posted by 93ChevyTBI View Post
    But I bet the truck is slow as hell though. Did I see it mentioned it had like 105 hp? That would absolutely be the only downside to it. Sure it has torque but dang it would need some get-up-and-go, wouldn't it? Anyone care to through out how it would compare to a gasser performance-wise? Like a 5.3? A 6.0? A V-6?

    Still it is an awesome rig.
    My step dad has an 01 Jetta TDI. 90 hp at the crank. That little car is quick as hell because it has SO much torque. You have to realize that most diesels will make power to ~3k, and in 99% of driving, you won't go above that RPM. I'd imagine a 105hp 4BT would feel quite strong in a RCSB truck, especially with the NV4500.
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Thanks for all the nice comments! I'm really proud of this truck.

    CodyZ71: I have seen a 4bt in an Fbody (it was a third gen firebird). The dude says it vibrates way too much for a unibody car. My engine doesn't vibrate bad at all. I think it could be made to work.


    As far as power goes....It does run good. I'm not sure I could keep up with a 5.3 or not but it does have a ton of torque. I was worried about it when I changed to such a high gear ratio but it is just fine. I know it is a truck and light in the back but I can do a hell of a burnout and even bark the tires when shifting to third gear. The gasser V6 I pulled out of this truck would not do that!
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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Quote Originally Posted by VortecZ View Post
    ...As far as power goes....It does run good. I'm not sure I could keep up with a 5.3 or not but it does have a ton of torque. I was worried about it when I changed to such a high gear ratio but it is just fine. I know it is a truck and light in the back but I can do a hell of a burnout and even bark the tires when shifting to third gear. The gasser V6 I pulled out of this truck would not do that!
    Yeah, it's really hard to compare diesel power to gas, it's so totally different in how it comes on. A diesel pushes you back pretty hard right from the get-go and stays there, but it's all over pretty fast. With a gas motor, it might feel like it's starting to come on strong around 2k and builds up to around 5k. A diesel is RIGHT there off idle and stays there until about 2500 or 3k and it's all over. You pretty much shift a diesel at the same RPM whether you are trying to drive fast or economical, it's just a change in how much foot feed you are giving it. The 04 cummins ram I drove while working on the road was like that. Not a ton of power for how heavy the truck was, but the torque was phenomenal. Starting out in 3rd gear was no problem at all, and unless there was a serious hill or the gooseneck was behind it, 1st was utterly useless.


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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    I have seen it done, but I would love to drop a 6BT into my 99 K2500 Suburban.... Still toying with the idea, would love to ditch the 454 for some mpg.... then I could justify it for a daily driver, right now, no way!

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    Re: 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel in an 05 Silverado (with pictures!)

    Just saw your article in diesel world. Congrats!!!!!! Looks sweet

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    Thats A Nice Chevy, Congrats On The Cover.. Do You Have Any Video Clips Of It?..

 

 
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