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Old 04-13-2015, 06:05 PM   #11
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Black Maxx is worth $1500 to $2000 these days
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:21 PM   #12
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I guess I just don't understand, if the big diesels are so great, why do people spend so much souping them up to get more torque, hp, etc. You still can't or shouldn't pull any faster than the 65mph on ST tires and you sure aren't going to out drag anyone while you're towing.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:52 PM   #13
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Coot, a lot has to do with the mileage gains when the EPA stuff is removed and, if anything, waking up a potent diesel motor that's been choked down due to Gov't restrictions. Less skinny pedal effort to get a heavy trailer rolling equals better fuel economy. At least that's the way I see it right, wrong or indifferent. Modern 6.4L diesel's are not the coal burners of old as you know. They burn ultra clean diesel and actually need cetane booster with lubricants to keep from scoring vital components. Gone are the days when you'd see a semi belching out black smoke when hauling a load. You and I come from a simpler era when 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. It's not broke, just choked. Cheers!
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Coot, a lot has to do with the mileage gains when the EPA stuff is removed and, if anything, waking up a potent diesel motor that's been choked down due to Gov't restrictions. Less skinny pedal effort to get a heavy trailer rolling equals better fuel economy. At least that's the way I see it right, wrong or indifferent. Modern 6.4L diesel's are not the coal burners of old as you know. They burn ultra clean diesel and actually need cetane booster with lubricants to keep from scoring vital components. Gone are the days when you'd see a semi belching out black smoke when hauling a load. You and I come from a simpler era when 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. It's not broke, just choked. Cheers!
And how long will it take to recoup the $2,000-$4,000 spent at a rate of 2 -3 mpg while towing? That's like trying to recoup $10,000 extra for a diesel to gain 8 mpg paying $0.50-$1.00 extra per gal. Have to drive those suckers many, many miles to get it back. Oh, well, we had our fun back in the 50's-80's souping up cars, but we didn't try to justify it, it was just FUN!
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And FUN it was. I had a running tab at the local used tire store buying up Wide track ovals N50's and M60's every week end just to burn them up at the local strip. Hell, fuel was .30\gal and engine rebuilds were weekend rituals. Getting back to diesel's, Dad had a construction company that had several diesel Mack's and IH. If the motors were running good, they'd belch black showing they had lubrication. If they blew bluish, an injector pump went south. Much different today.
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