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Old 08-31-2020, 08:52 PM
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Today the gas gauge was showing 1/4 and lately hasn't been getting below that and I had gone 130 miles on this tank and I had wasted some gas cleaning out lines and stuff plus the leak so I figured I better have my wife meet me for gas. I was actually surprised when I couldn't get more than 11.5 gallons in it and that was filling it until it was literally overflowing.


Obviously my gas thief hasn't been around in the past 2 weeks because in spite of all that stuff I still got 11.3mpg We will have to see how long it takes him to figure out I am driving again. Anybody want to hazard a guess?
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Old 09-01-2020, 06:25 PM
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Well, I made it a whole week and nobody tried to kill me, or wreck the truck and the truck didn't attempt to self destruct. I even filled up the tank and there was no gas leakage so I think we may now be in the clear
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Old 09-11-2020, 10:46 PM
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A couple days after getting the fuel line and fittings I needed to fix the truck from my local speed shop I noticed they were closed on a day they should be open. I also noticed a sign that said "Thank you for 38 years" or something like that.



Yesterday I pulled up to it to see what it said and it said that they have closed for good and a NAPA will be coming soon.



That really sucks because I was planning on them rebuilding the V6 for my wife's Mercedes...although I have reluctantly agreed to sell that


I did some searching and found an auction website that is selling some of their tooling which would be awesome to have but I'm sad that they went out of business.
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:08 PM
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Well 3 weeks have now gone by with no issues on the truck. I haven't done much to it other than drive it but this morning when I left for work I picked up the mudflaps to see what I can do to them.


In case you don't remember or didn't notice in the early pages of this thread, when I got my truck it had some vintage Keep on Truckin' mudflaps in the front. Which were put on the truck very early in it's life and I thought were just cool.





Of course when I painted it I had to remove them but always intended to see if I could somehow straighten out the curl and reinstall them.


Today I decided to see what I could do about cleaning them up and uncurling them so I took them to work. Time has not been their friend, they had become pretty grungy looking and I had to cut the colts that still held them to what was left of the fender brace they had originally been bolted to. but after getting the old rusty metal off of them they looked like this.



So then I took some hot water, dish soap and a Scotch Brite pad and set to work cleaning them up.


I'm actually quite impressed by how well they cleaned up and the hot water softened the rubber up enough that after cleaning I set a weighted pan on top to flatten them out. They now look like this



Which is much flatter and I think pretty awesome looking with just enough patina. The blue and white rubber are actually the same color throughout so I could actually restore these to look brand new simply by removing a little bit of material but I kind of like them showing their age.



My plan now is to cut some strips of stainless steel, bend and clamp them onto the lower edge to keep them from curling in the future and reinstalling them on in the back and maybe getting some plain or possibly some other iconic 70's mud flaps for the front.
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:58 AM
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Those look fantastic!
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:18 AM
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classic 70's catch-phrase,.....

the metal braces are a good idea,.....VINTAGE.

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When she first saw the new Gladiator she said "I didn't know Hummer made a pickup."

Sitting at Chili Peppers Coastal Grill for lunch at Kill Devil Hills NC. My family ROARED when we read this. Bless her heart.
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