Motor swap options for an 88 chevy k2500

Asked by Sep 27, 2015 at 09:51 PM about the 1988 Chevrolet C/K 2500

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 1988 chevy k2500 with the 6.2
Detroit diesel, and optional 4x4, the motor
just turned into a v6(I think, won't go above
70 mph and shakes like a mother when
stopped), I've got a lot of money into body
and interior, and I wanna slap a turbo diesel
in there, can I just buy a 6.5l turbodiesel,
and slap it right in, or are there any
modifications, and if so what are they? Or is
there another motor I can drop right in with
that drive train?

2 Answers


Welcome to the wonderful world of GM diesels- is this the first time you've heard about this? You have entered a world that thousands before you have suffered in- save yourself the trouble, junk it and buy one with a gas engine-


It's easier to put a gasser in it than a 6.5. Personally, I wouldn't spend any effort putting a 6.5 in anything. But no, it doesn't just slap in there

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