This is the 400,000 mile engine, right? There's a bad cylinder, alright. You can see the "puff" of a single cylinder, and a good amount of smoke.
If you want to convince yourself of an internal problem, run another oil sample. My bet is that aluminum (piston), chromium (rings), and possibly iron (cyl walls) will be exponentially higher than they have been in previous samples.
Ywp--it's at just over 402K in fact. Sorry it didn't go much further since you've been watching my posts to see how the truck does.
This might be why it was eating oil, too. Not sure if it is now as it is still giving me fits. I let it sit overnight and started it when I got back from work today. It cranked right up and idled for about 5 seconds, then quit. Would only crank again and wouldn't start. Ordered the CPS and will install it to see if that helps.
Have been checking around for a diesel rebuild shop, and all the ones I've talked to are a good 2-3 weeks before they can even get it in to start. Will check with the local college that trains these guys--might be able to get a good deal there and they seem to always be looking for engines to work on. [email protected]
told me about a guy in Pueblo who builds these engines, but he said the guy changed his business name there and didn't know it at the time we talked.
Would it be better and or more cost effective to get this one rebuilt (will probably have to either install a sleeve or two or bore out .020), or buy one--have it shipped, and have someone swap them out? Anyone know of crate engines available in Colorado---with a good reputation?