1987 Spacecab turbo diesel rehab

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1987 Spacecab turbo diesel rehab

Postby cocheeze » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 pm

Hey all,

I am excited to say that last weekend I picked up a 1987 Spacecab Turbo Diesel, which I intend to convert into an adventure mobile over the next year or so. For those who peruse the whole vehicles for sale section, it is Oil Can Harry's old rig. I am familiar with the C223 because of the other p'ups that I have owned of the years, but this is the first "later model" p'up diesel that I have owned (later meaning after 1981-82) and this is my first turbo diesel.

It has been sitting since at least 2015, so I am basically looking to put together a checklist of things that I should do before I fire her up for the first time.

I am thinking that it would be a good idea to replace the timing belt, because the previous owner can attest to personally putting 50k+ miles on the current one, and an unknown history before that. Also, it can't be good for a timing belt to sit in the same position for 3 years and then be started again...

What else should I check/replace/do before I bring her back to life?

Thanks!

Casey
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