Diesel Power - - Top Tech Questions - Bryan Rigby via email

QUES­TION: My 16-year-old son and I are about to take on a spe­cial diesel pro­ject to­gether: build­ing a diesel-pow­ered Chevro­let Camaro. The donor car is an ’02 model, and the engine is an ’06 6.6L Du­ra­max LBZ with an Al­li­son 1000 au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. We are at a bit of a loss re­gard­ing what to do about the wiring, as the har­ness and ECM that came with the engine and trans­mis­sion look a bit sus­pect. We have the me­chan­i­cal and plumb­ing as­pects of shoe­horn­ing the engine and trans­mis­sion into the Camaro cov­ered. Is there any­one out there who might be able to get us on the right wiring path be­fore we dive head­long into our sleeper?

AN­SWER: It sounds like a fun pro­ject that will def­i­nitely turn more than a few heads. We know of at least two Du­ra­max/Al­li­son wiring-so­lu­tion sources, both in Florida: DMAX Swap [(816) 866-3629] and Stand­alone Har­nesses [(321) 604-1963]. Both can pro­vide the wiring har­nesses to make in­te­grat­ing the engine and trans­mis­sion as easy as pos­si­ble or re­work your ex­ist­ing har­nesses to do the job. DMAX can also han­dle the ECM/TCM cal­i­brat­ing at the same time and maybe pro­vide some spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about the diesel swap you’re do­ing, as the crew has done at least one sim­i­lar in­stal­la­tion in a Camaro. Ken Wolkens at Stand­alone is a re­tired GM en­gi­neer who knows Du­ra­max/Al­li­son wiring logic in­side and out, and he also cus­tom builds har­nesses to fit just about any Du­ra­max swap. Be­tween the two sup­pli­ers, you and your son should be good to go.

Du­ra­max diesel-engine swaps are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar now that there are many vi­able sources through­out the U.S. for the wiring har­nesses that sim­plify the con­ver­sion process.

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