G-body cousin S truck "Barn find"

Texas82GP

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Hmmm hadn't thought of that. There was only a couple gallons in the tank I think, it was at about 1/8 tank on the gauge. I put in near 6 gallons which brought it up closer to half a tank. So far so good driving for maybe 5-10 minuites around the neighborhood. I was thinking once it's registered to run it around town enough to run out what's in it then put in another maybe 5 or so gallons and repeat and continue to dilute and flush it out. :unsure:
You might get away with it, but I wouldn't try it. I've heard about this phenomenon more than a few times. That dark stuff is not good to run.
 
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Finally after jumping through some paperwork hoops that come with buying a car from the family of someone who's passed away, Gary the S15 is finally registered in my name. We've put near 100 miles on it in 2 days just putting around town to clean out the old gas, so far it runs great with no mechanical issues and seems to be getting around 15 mpg in town. Now that it's registered and legally mine the fun begins! 😎 I'm hoping to have everything done to it that I want to and attend the 2022 Pro Touring Truck Shootout in AZ which I believe is in April. More coming soon!

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I pick up little mascots for all my cars to put on the dash or hang from the mirror, something goofy I like to do to remind me it's ok to still think like a kid sometimes. I named this truck Gary because it'll be the slowest vehicle I own, so I bought this to hang from the mirror, lol.

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Glad to see and hear, hope it all goes smoothly
 

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Just gunna toss this out there

Glass gas filters scare the crap out of me.

I Like the ride good luck with it.
 
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I hear ya Leftlane. I only use the clear plastic filters. On this truck 2-3 feet of fuel line keeps it away from any danger, and allowed me to put it between the tank and pump. I ran out the first few gallons mixture of the old and some new gas and swapped in a new filter when I put new gas in. The first one is in my hand and the new one has already collected some crud too. I'm definitely going to clean the tank out and replace the sock filter and the rubber lines when warmer weather gets here.

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A couple of updates-

Front tires are 195-75-14s and I wanted to have a little more meat out back so I took some 215-70-15s I had from a parts car and mounted them on some 15x7 steelies. I wanted to do something with the wheel color too, black wheels are starting to lose some pizzaz for me and they blend in too much with the tires so I used Rustoleum "Sand" rattle paint to brighten them up. With the truck's paint faded the wheels look slightly darker but I buffed the fuel filler door to see if the paint will buff out and once it's shiny the body and wheel color matches fairly well. With the tan wheels it gives the truck a whole different feel, and I think once lowered the tan wheels will look pretty decent. I'm planning to drive it this way until it warms up and I can paint the lower belt line and down brown, at that point I'll bolt on the Firebird wheels.

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Despite already replacing the fuel hoses today I found a steady fuel drip on the driveway while idling. Unfortunately the fuel pump itself is leaking, best I can tell it's from where the top and bottom halves are formed together. I wonder if sitting so long some internal seal is bad or something. Looks like a fairly easy job so I'll plan to swap that this weekend. I also decided since any events I might take the truck to will involve a road trip, instead of putting much effort into cleaning out this 13 gallon tank I'm just going to buy a new 20 gallon tank and swap that in. They run about $120 shipped which I figure is reasonable, saving me some time and/or the cost to have it professionally cleaned out.

The more I drive it the more I'm itching for more torque, i.e. a small block swap, it really is pretty slow in mellow cruise mode. We live at the top of a pretty decent climb hill too and it has to work a bit to drive up. I'm really missing the give it just a slight bit of throttle and you're good to go V8 motorvation my other cars have. Maybe the future holds an upgrade sooner than I may have expected. :unsure:
 
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