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    I don`t recall seeing anything about the slant six diesel. I recall the Mitsubishi diesels in the late 70`s pickup but i don`t think they sold many of them.

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    I can vaguely remember driving one of those '78 Diesel Dodge's at work back in the mid '80's. Not surprising they didn't sell many. It wasn't exactly user friendly. Can't recall the exact procedure for a cold start but it involved turning the glow plugs on, pulling a lever to open the injection pump inlet, then remember to turn the glow plugs back off after a certain amount of time, seems like there was one more operation involved yet. To shut it off you first turned the key off and then pushed the fuel shut off lever to shut the engine down.........................Driving? Not really what you would call neck snapping acceleration. I think 0-60 was measured in minutes. Classic '70's diesel, black smoke, stink BAD, so noisy you couldn't hear yourself think. They ALMOST made the Olds 350 diesel look good, lol.

    I also remember a few diesel Rangers and Escorts and we can't forget the 4 cyl diesel Lincoln MK 7. Junk, every one of them. Always got a kick out of how Ford put the battery in side panel of the cargo area on Escort wagons and didn't vent it to the outside. One year old and the carpet in that area was completely rotted away and 2 years later the battery would fall out because the floor was missing. What the hell were they thinking?????
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    Most of those diesels were designed for quick development and faster sales to compete with VW which as many remember was very popular with the VW Rabbit. Gas prices were climbing rapidly(our Middle Eastern "Friends" at work) and US automakers were desperate to have something, anything to sell. Add to the fact that late 70's cars were basically crap(ask me how I know) and there you are. I just though some here would like the story.

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    I look at the level of incompetence displayed by the Big3 and can't help thinking they were intentionally sabotaging the domestic small diesel market.
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    My pickup wears a set of those 1978 Mitsubishi powered trucks decals. He has a 12 valve Cummins thou

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    And today it seems like most of the big pickups are diesel powered so even though the 70's and 80's models were junk now I guess all is forgiven.

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