update? Yeah I think its time.
So what all has happened since then? Well after the last post, I drove the truck to Louisiana and back with 0 issues. I think I racked up 3,200 miles or something and averaged 10 mpg with my best being 11 and worst of 9. I believe I went exactly 200 miles give or take on each tank. So with that said, you can get an idea of how many times I stopped lol. I had a log of all the miles, where I stopped and how much fuel, but I cant seem to find it. I wish I could. the trip took me 22 hours driving. I stopped and slept for about an hour and a half. I left in about 2 in the morning an arrived at 2am the next day.
Anyways, heres some random pictures. No official pics of the truck out there but yeah..
Crossing over one of the Basin bridges heading to Lafayette.
same bridge but it was when I was heading out.
yes I slept in the truck lol. Was actually kinda cozy.
On the way back into Tennessee there was a long straight, down hill stretch and decided to see if I could max the speedo. welp... I did
but then just after that picture, I noticed my oil pressure began to tank. (bottom left gauge). There was no more high speed runs after that lol
random gas station stop window shot
So yeah truck handled it great! Untill the day after I got back...
Went to go to the store with the truck. Came back out to start it and heard the infamous starter grind. Well at least it happened 2 miles from home. Called up my dad and had him pull me home.
Took off the starter and saw this piece wedge in between the bell housing dust cover and the flywheel.
bought a new starter, put that in (fuckers are heavy) and all was well.
after that, not much has happened with the truck. Just sat and looked pretty
occasionally hauling some stuff
So through out the summer, Ive done occasional maintenance stuff such as belt change, break lines replaced, new disks and pads as well as rebuilt the drums. kk Cool story. But next was the true test of the truck's abilities.
The date is January 22nd and I had planed a trip to Tennessee. Unfortunately, mother nature wanted to make that trip be as slow as possible. I departed ohio around 1pm and set south. Server snow was moving in and the worst was to hit in kentucky. About 65 miles from Lexington and the I71 / I75 interchange, the snow began to fall, and it fell hard. Ever mile progressively got worse. Eventualy I was going about 40 on the freeway avoiding snow patches while doing my best to stay in the narrow tracks where pavement could still be seen. I eventually pulled off to get fuel before I knew the worse would come. While filling up, I was interviewed by the local TV station as to why I was out. I literally told them because I was stupid, but wasnt going to let it stop me. No idea if I actually aired on TV or not but hey.
So I set back out and by now I have driven 20 miles in solid snow. There was no freeway. You made your own lane avoiding any massive snow drifts and clumps from vehicles. Several times the ass end would start to fish tail from no weight. I drove about 20 mph for about 2.5 hours before traffic started to stop around mile marker 65 on I75. I think I moved about 2 miles in that hour there. But I knew that as soon as that traffic stopped, I wasnt going anywhere for a while.
The whole time I was listening to the CB and found out that they had shut down the freeway due to many accidents. It was official that I was spending the night on the freeway. Good thing I got fuel!
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it was about 4pm when we stopped, and they did not get us moving till about 2am.
when 2am rolled around, they decided to take us down some back country road to bypass the freeway.
but go figure, that didnt last long. we made it 7 miles before a semi overturned, blocking the freeway. So there I sat from 3am till morning.
11am rolls around and finally I got word over the CB that the freeway had opened up back where they took us off. So I pulled a U turn and left all the truckers, to whom I made decent friends with at the time. I turned around and followed the roads in which we came in from. this is what I saw.
got to a gas station to fill up, and got on the freeway and continued south. All was smooth from there. The freeway was open and surprisingly empty.
so in that event, I left the truck running for heat for aprox 19 hours and burnt a half of tank of fuel. That day 22 inches of snow fell in about 5 hours with another 4 or 5 inches throughout the night. I was right in the worst of it.
At this point, I owe my truck a lot for what we've been through. So recently I started freshing her up some more. This actually goes back to original problems I had back when I first got the truck.
I finally got a new gauge cluster that looks a million times better than the old. Plus it had a working odometer! The guy I bought it from refurbished the gauges and could set the mileage to what ever I wanted. I bought the truck 2 years ago at 91K miles. So I figured I had around 104K now and had it set to that. Along side of getting a new gauge cluster, I replaced the HVAC control unit to something that works. I now know what the display says as the old one didnt work.
First lets admire the beautiful wiring job the previous owner left me again.
so now.. the new cluster next to the new one! Night and day difference!
So yay! New stuff!
Current plans. New vortec heads, Holly TBI, Cam, Intake. That is confirmed to happen this year. in the meantime... yay truck!