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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2019, 04:56:51 AM »

     All wheels/tires have been replaced on the truck, and that includes the spare.  However, it still does a front "shimmy" when I brake.  I took it to Hewitt Alignment for an inspection, and they say that the front brakes will have to be redone.  At the end of the month, I plan to take the truck into Pep Boys for that.
     Moisture has gotten into the gas tank.  How do I know?  Well, when I was running the truck low on fuel, that bad gas was being scraped off the bottom of the tank and made for rough idling and a smelly exhaust.  Fresh gasoline would just sit on top of the bad gas (water being heavier than gasoline).  I haven't decided whether I should try and keep running the truck over time, hoping the bad gas is all used up, or whether I should have the gas tank dropped and the bad gas drained out.  The truck will definitely need a new gas cap to prevent moisture from getting in.
     From LMCTruck.com, I order a couple of wheel caps, an owner's manual, a fender brace, and a glovebox screw.  $65!  That should arrive next week.  From Autozone, I ordered a pair of Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers, and those should come in on Saturday.

          Little by little,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2019, 01:01:44 AM »

From LMCTruck.com, I order a couple of wheel caps, an owner's manual, a fender brace, and a glovebox screw.  $65!  That should arrive next week.  From Autozone, I ordered a pair of Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers...
     Wheel caps and rear shock absorbers installed.  The caps were relatively easy, but installation of the shock absorbers was out of my league... too many rust-frozen nuts and bolts on the old mounts of the old shocks.  I brought it to the nearby tire shop where they doused the nuts/bolts with rust penetrant and got an impact wrench on them.  With the new rear shocks on, the truck doesn't have the forward-and-backward pitching anymore.  I'm so encouraged by the improved ride (and seemingly improved braking) that I will gather more points at Autozone so I can get a $20 discount for a pair of front shock absorbers.

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          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2019, 07:10:07 AM »

I'm so encouraged by the improved ride (and seemingly improved braking) that I will gather more points at Autozone so I can get a $20 discount for a pair of front shock absorbers.
     I couldn't wait to gather points, so I went to Amazon.com, found the same shock absorbers (for a slightly cheaper price than the Autozone discounted ones), and ordered the shocks.  They should arrive by the 15th, and then I'll have them installed.

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          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2019, 09:38:42 AM »

     Until the broken fuel sending unit or gauge is replaced, it is a guesstimate of how much gas there is really in the truck.  Well, I always try to have $20 of gas in the tank.  The other weekend on a trip to the local dump, the truck ran out of gas!  How can that be?  Ah, somebody must have siphoned out the gas in the middle of the night.  Sad  So, my brother rescued me with a can of gas, and as soon as I got back, I put in another $10 worth.  I also put a locking gas cap on the filler pipe.  Thinking all was well, I parked the car and went back to Visalia.
     I returned to Stockton a few days ago and thought that I should run the truck and put in another $10.  Now the truck won't start!  It cranks, but it seems that no gas is getting to the carburetor.  The only reason I can think of is that when the truck ran dry, it sucked up all the crud at the bottom of the gas tank, and the crud clogged the fuel filter.  (Sigh)
     The weather is turning rainy now, and I can't work on the truck out in the open in the rain.  I'm leaving Stockton, and replacing the gas filter will have to wait until I return.

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          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2019, 09:48:40 PM »

I took it to Hewitt Alignment for an inspection, and they say that the front brakes will have to be redone.  At the end of the month, I plan to take the truck into Pep Boys for that.
     The brakes will have to wait.  I just spent several hundred dollars getting the truck to pass the smog check!  A month ago I brought it in, and it failed.  Hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides were too high, and the evaporative emissions system was leaking.  Advice from the smog test shop - replace the 40-year old rubber hoses on the evap. system and get a tune-up.  O.K., I removed the old spark plugs, and whoever put them in before me didn't do a good job.  The old plugs had a gap ranging from .035 to .043, with most of them around .035.  Factory spec should be .045.  I changed the spark plugs for Autolite Platinums, making sure they were at .045.  Then I brought the truck to Stockton AutoCare where they replaced the evap. emission hose at the gas tank and installed a new distributor cap, distributor rotor, and coil for me (I couldn't do that last part, because Chevy 350 V-8's have their distributor way in the back of the block.  A big pain, literally, to change!).  With the new parts, I brought the truck back to the test station, and it passed the test with flying colors!
     Whew!  Stockton AutoCare thought that catalytic converters would have to be installed to lower the emissions (the truck did not originally have them).  That would have been an extra $500!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
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