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#1447070 Tue Apr 05 2022 02:00 AM
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My 1977 C65 dump truck has the 366 in it. I have read where people are happier with the 427 (both being tall decks if my memory serves me well). With that said, I have a 1982 motor-home with a 454 and low miles (45k). The motor-home has sat for a decade. It's pretty ugly, and doesn't offer much other than the Onan 6500 generator, fridge, and some other interior parts I can sell. I thought about demolishing it after pulling some of the parts and using that 454 in my dump truck. Would that be pointless? My 366 'diesels' after running for awhile when I shut it off which makes me think valves and carbon build up. I have to put it in gear for it to quit or pull the choke. Timing is dead on. Meanwhile, the 454 shuts off right away.

Thoughts?


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BowtieJunkie #1447075 Tue Apr 05 2022 02:19 AM
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Steam clean the valves...put your thumb over the top of a water bottle and drizzle the water into the carburetor with the engine running at about 1800 rpm (fast idle). You don't want to stall the engine, but making it cough and sputter is a good thing, just take it slow and give it the full 20 ounces and see if that helps.

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BowtieJunkie #1447079 Tue Apr 05 2022 02:32 AM
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It depends on several things, how many miles on the 366, how you want to use the truck if you swap motors, are either of the engines burning oil/smoking? The dieseling can be addressed and probably has nothing to do with the valve train. The 366 is a true truck engine, low RPM torque and heavy duty castings, the 454 is a good motor but not the same animal. The 366 probably has a Holley carb on it with an anti-diesel solenoid and a governor, I can't say if the 454 has a governor but probably a Q-jet carb, both carbs can be rebuilt if they have not been tuned with a hammer. Just a gut feeling here-I would keep the 366 in it.


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BowtieJunkie #1447080 Tue Apr 05 2022 02:34 AM
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Dieseling is caused by too-high idle speed on shutdown, not timing or carbon buildup. A water dribble occasionally won't hurt anything, but I doubt that it will solve the problem. A motorhome 454 won't have the heavy duty parts in it that the tall deck engines have.
Jerry


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78buckshot #1447084 Tue Apr 05 2022 03:31 AM
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The truck has always done this 'dieseling' thing since I bought. Initially it had a Holly carb on it, and I bought a newer Holly after purchasing it years ago. While it ran better at that time, it still did the dieseling thing. The truck has sat for years until I brought it out of the yard late last year. On top of the dieseling, it would backfire out of the exhaust and ran like crap. I noticed a leak from the Holly on the intake manifold, so I replaced it with an Edlebrock as internet searches led me to that being a preferred carb. I also replaced the cap, rotor, wires, plugs, and set timing. After this point, I had taken the C65 to a truck shop where they changed out the older split rims with R22.5 wheels and tires. I asked them to look into the 'dieseling' and the shop owner came back with the possibility of valves and carbon build up as he couldn't get it to stop either. He said my timing was perfect. Idle speed is very low. I wish I could attach a video for you to hear it run. Supposedly the mileage is roughly 40k on a newer crate motor, but I can't verify that. It doesn't smoke or seem to burn oil. It's not running rich or lean, seems about right, in fact, with this Edelbrock carb, it runs better than I can member, I just have to pull the choke to stop it after I turn the key off or put it in gear.

I never heard of the 'Steam clean the valves' as Mike B suggested. I could get my wife to help me try that.

Last edited by BowtieJunkie; Tue Apr 05 2022 11:57 PM. Reason: Typos lol

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BowtieJunkie #1447138 Tue Apr 05 2022 06:40 PM
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Thanks for the information regarding the 366 vs the 454. I'll keep the 366 in there for now. Ultimately I wouldn't mind putting a Duramax or a Cummins in it some day, but I need to get the truck back on the road. I have some jobs lined up and am gonna need her.

I did the water dribble today, and it seemed perhaps a little smoother, but after I had changed everything mentioned above, it has been running really well aside from the dieseling. I played around with the idle on the truck per Hotrod's suggestion. If I turn it way down to where it will barely run, then in may cough once or twice, or not at all. I decided to slowly increase the idle until I found a spot I could tolerate and left it there for now. The idle is lower now than when I began, but it still dieseles albeit not as bad anymore. Prior to doing anything, it wouldn't shut off on its own. I had to pull the choke or put it in gear to stop it. Keep in mind this is only after the truck has warmed up. When the truck is cold or hasn't been running for very long, it never would do it.

Attached is a video of my progress today. In the beginning of the video, the idle is as low as it will go without starting to die. At about 34 seconds, I shut it off and it gives a little cough. At 46 seconds I shut it off again and nothing. I start to gradually increase the idle after each shutdown from there. I left the idle where it is at the end of this video for now. At least it will shut off. My only concern about turning it back down to where it was at the beginning of the video is that it is very low and won't stay running until it warms up.

Big Blue Dieseling [vimeo.com]

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BowtieJunkie #1447147 Tue Apr 05 2022 07:15 PM
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Here's another suggestion- - - -install an "idle stop solenoid" It's a device that is used to set the curb idle speed, connected to the ignition switch. When the ignition is turned off, the magnetism goes away and lets the throttle plates fall fully closed. No airflow- - - -no dieseling. Here's one of several dozen examples that are on Ebay today.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/403516468951?

Search "idle stop solenoid".
Jerry


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BowtieJunkie #1447156 Tue Apr 05 2022 09:27 PM
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You're awesome, Jerry! Thank you so much for the suggestion. Perfect solution to my my problem.

Cheers!


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78buckshot #1447164 Tue Apr 05 2022 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 78buckshot
It depends on several things, how many miles on the 366, how you want to use the truck if you swap motors, are either of the engines burning oil/smoking? The dieseling can be addressed and probably has nothing to do with the valve train. The 366 is a true truck engine, low RPM torque and heavy duty castings, the 454 is a good motor but not the same animal. The 366 probably has a Holley carb on it with an anti-diesel solenoid and a governor, I can't say if the 454 has a governor but probably a Q-jet carb, both carbs can be rebuilt if they have not been tuned with a hammer. Just a gut feeling here-I would keep the 366 in it.


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BowtieJunkie #1447173 Tue Apr 05 2022 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by 78buckshot
It depends on several things, how many miles on the 366, how you want to use the truck if you swap motors, are either of the engines burning oil/smoking? The dieseling can be addressed and probably has nothing to do with the valve train. The 366 is a true truck engine, low RPM torque and heavy duty castings, the 454 is a good motor but not the same animal. The 366 probably has a Holley carb on it with an anti-diesel solenoid and a governor, I can't say if the 454 has a governor but probably a Q-jet carb, both carbs can be rebuilt if they have not been tuned with a hammer. Just a gut feeling here-I would keep the 366 in it.

Yeah, you did mention the anti-diesel solenoid and governor for the holly carb, I missed that, however, it was absent from the truck when I bought it and no wires or anything to suggested it was ever there. I took the carb off and went to Auto Zone and they sold me another Holly carb similar to the one that was on it at the time with no mention of a anti-diesel solenoid. I guess the Holly that was on the truck when I bought it was not the original, and when I took it in for a replacement, they gave me something similar. In their defense, they can't even look up my truck in their system as it doesn't exist. Too old I guess. It would seem you nailed it on the solenoid too.

But now I have an Edlebrock AVS2, so I'll start purchasing idle stop solenoids from Amazon until I find one that works. As you also suggested, I'll keep the 366 in it. She runs good.

Thanks for taking your time to help me out.


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