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Another Inspection

Posted: May 19, 2016 in Logs, Repairs

We are working through another inspection.  It wasn’t terrible this time:

  • Hole in driver side floor board

  • Left and Right front brake hoses – these are only a “job” because you have to remember that even though you have a 1965 truck, the brakes are off of a 1973 Chevy C10

  • Idler arm on the steering

I think that’s about it.  We’ll probably finish that up this week and take it up on Monday.


Day 14 – Inspection #3

Posted: November 2, 2013 in Logs, Repairs

I think this is the 3rd inspection I’ve had.  I always think I’ll get it inspected and then have to park it in the backyard for six months while I work on it, but so far it’s never that bad.

This time I have to:

Replace the two front tires
Replace the muffler
Replace the power steering hoses
and fix the license plate light

I knew about everything beforehand except for the muffler.  Nothing is easy, though.  I could only find the hoses online so I ordered them today and they should be here on Tuesday (thank you, Amazon!).  We went to three places until I found a comparable muffler.  The one on there was a “Cherry Bomb” so the guy before me must have been a muffler enthusiast.  I just bought a Thrush because I’m all about cheap. My son and I got it on there but there is a slight leak so I stuffed the area full of JB Weld and hopefully we’ll be good to go.

Oh, and I looked the engine up.  As far as I can tell, it is from a 1970 Chevy Camaro.  It’s a 250, at least, that is what the code on the engine suggests and so far, the power steering and muffler match that car.


Day 13 – New Gas Filter

Posted: July 20, 2013 in Repairs

Hello all!  Since I have new followers, the least I could do is post something.  Not much activity over the last x months.  I drive my truck every day to work and only recently have finally dared to take it on the interstate.  I’m lucky that my work isn’t that far away and I don’t avoid the interstate for safety reasons, mostly because I like to drive slower anyway.  You’d think I was 70.

I have this glass gas filter right near my carburetor and it was starting to get filled with trash.  It’s built up over time and I have no idea when/if the last owner changed it so I decided to get one.  I went to the auto parts store and since the truck is obviously a mixture in various ways of different years, it’s often hard to tell them exactly what I have.  I know it’s a 1965 C20, but the engine is out of something else.  I actually looked it up and I’ll document it here once I look it up again.   Anyway, he looked it up and didn’t see anything resembling what I had, so he came out and looked at it and immediately recognized that he had one – turns out, EXACTLY like mine.

Excellent – my son and I changed it and now I feel a little better about my gas flow.

We also tightened up the alternator belt and re-attached the ground wire on the left front turn signal.  I always cringed when it rained and I needed to turn on my lights and the signal light would just glow.  We found the loose ground wire and it’s all better now.

Other than that, nothing else new.  I have a few things on my list coming up:

  1. My left front spring needs replacing.  I used to think this was a cab support causing my truck to lean, but the leaning is getting worse and I am pretty sure it’s the spring.  Amazon has two new springs for about $75 – hurray.
  2. Finish working on the new hood – paint it and put it in place
  3. Grease the front end
  4. Replace the rear brakes.  I don’t look forward to this, but I’m more confident than I used to be after hearing from so many other owners who’ve already done it.

See you later!