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rebuild 350V8 or convert to diesel?

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I have a 1993 K1500 Suburban with a high mileage (220,000) 350V8. The old truck is in great condition for itsage, but I realistically expect to swap or rebuild this engine in a few years;nothing lasts forever, but with the 13mpg mileage I get now with the gas engine,I was considering installing/converting to a diesel engine instead. I know this will be more work and moreexpense to convert over, but was wondering if improved fuel economy would beworth the trouble? Any suggestions as towhat engine (and or transmission) I need to be on the look-out for to make theswap as pain free as possible when the time comes? Or should I just trade for a good used dieselpickup or SUV?
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Mitch, find a used 6.5 turbo diesel after 96 and you be fine !!!! easy swap and lots of power + way better gas milage !
I assume you mean the diesel 6.5 that came from these generation Burbs, and not the newer motors? LBZ, etc. I can't remember the engine codes off the top of my head. I imagine the gas mileage of the newer Duramax trucks are a lot better.

My motor is fine, but I kind of had the same idea. It sounds like too much of a headache to swap over though.
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