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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    Honestly, mostly superstition. I take this truck way out into the backcountry alone, and I can't run the risk of it breaking. I bought it in 2018 so it has 32 years of operational history I don't know anything about, and I think head gasket materials have come a long way since the 1980s...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    Hey AFGVET, Congrats on getting your 1009 on the road. You should 100% do the A/C, it's definitely worth it if you live anywhere or ever go anywhere that's hot. I do still have a complete turbo setup off a 6.5 gathering dust in my garage. It'll go on someday, but I just don't have the time...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    4l80 is a good trans for a CUCV. The splits in an the nv4500 with the super low first are similar to an sm465, and I agree they are poorly suited to a low RPM diesel. I have a truck with a 5.7 gas motor and a sm465 (no overdrive) and it's great, but that engine makes power out past 5000...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    What overdrive do you have? I have an SM465 I swapped in along with an Advanced Adapters Ranger overdrive unit. It's a 2 speed manual transmission that goes in front of the sm465 4 speed and allows splitting each gear. The "8 speed manual" is a blast to drive, and cruising 80 on the highway...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    My pulley info is here. I used a full set off a HMMWV (crank, water pump, power steering) to get the 4th groove. That thread has a link to a write up with pulley part numbers and such, but let me know if you have any other questions. The AC swap is definitely worth the effort and cost...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    If anyone is interested, this is how I ended up building the setup. I put the compressor on the driver side with a custom bracket off the alternator. This retains the factory 24 volt system, avoids my electric air compressors already installed on the driver side, and leave the entire passenger...
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    Nostalgic Air Brackets and Turbo

    Hi, Has anyone installed the Nostalgic Air A/C compressor brackets along with a 6.5 turbo swap? I have parts from a 6.5 TD in storage to install in the future, but they are out of state so I can't measure anything. I am in the middle of an A/C swap and am trying to decide between the...
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