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Old 09-28-2020, 09:36 PM   #126
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Re: I'm legit again, my "new" '68 LB

I never tried sway bars. Doubt if I'll be swayed from avoiding them.
On the other hand. If you can't remember the last time you replaced the shocks, you likely need new ones.
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:51 PM   #127
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I never tried sway bars. Doubt if I'll be swayed from avoiding them.
On the other hand. If you can't remember the last time you replaced the shocks, you likely need new ones.
Punny! The previous owner had plans to bag it, so nothing was done on the suspension, have replaced bushings, brake pads, etc., and it wallows over dips.

Ordered a few parts from Truck Stop Car Shop. The easiest thing to fix, ever, was adding the legal light.



The CA warning stickers crack me up, I'm gonna die of cancer or cause birth defects with these parts?


Getting the heater control box in was fun. Instead of re-using the lag screws for mounting to the dash, I got metric bolts with nylon nuts.
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Old 10-04-2020, 09:09 PM   #128
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Yeah. If you're 8 months pregnant and sliding under the truck on a creeper, and a Heater Control happens to fall off the bench and strike you in the abdomen, then yeah...It could happen. Cancer? I dunno. Might have to boil a dozen of them in a big cauldron and make soup out of it every week, to get any carcinogenious[sp?] effect.

Might be a tougher world if more moms-to-be changed their own oil.

TPD cops stopped me in the Jimmy a few years ago, allegedly for not having an illuminated license plate. Fer Christ's Sake! It's bright lemon yellow and scotchbrite reflective. Shouldn't need a light. Actually the Sgt explained it was Training Night, and he wanted a ''safe, non-threatening'' situation where his Policewoman trainee wouldn't likely be in danger, so she could have practical experience with a vehicle stop. A '71 GMC Jimmy looked easy. I think they had not been briefed on the then-new, YOM plates. I didn't get a ticket or even a verbal warning, just a briefing by the Sgt, with an apology, and a request to evaluate his student's technique.
I then tried to fix the License Plate Lamp. Wire was open. Spliced it. No joy. Bulb was out. Replaced it. Still dead. Ran a ground strap from the rear frame to the back bumper. Still no joy. I decided to forget about it. Next night, it worked fine. Go figure.

On the pickup: the rear bumper has been so scrunched up by impacts over a hard life, that when I had it straightend out, and hung a Class III hitch, there wasn't enough vertical space to fit the plate. So I pulled the Light assembly -- like it was never there. The AZ plate is mounted top-end-flush on the passenger side of the rear bumper. Cops never seem interested in it.
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Old 10-06-2020, 02:36 AM   #129
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Veddy veddy interesting.

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Old 10-06-2020, 09:03 PM   #130
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Nice.
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Old 11-11-2020, 12:17 AM   #131
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Getting annoyed by gas smell. I should get a new gas cap, the gasket is totally shot. The locking caps suck? Need to learn what 'ecc' is, and if my truck has that.

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Old 11-11-2020, 12:41 AM   #132
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I got a gas cap from GMC Paul for 8 or 9 bucks. Tight fit no leaks.
Had been buying Stant caps from O'Reilly's and Auto Zone, but the rubber dried up and cracked after a while. I then got a tip from the forum that NPD had the perfect gasket, for 67-71 Chevys and Ford Mustangs for only one dollar. Fit was perfect, but the ethanol [+ whatever else] added to AZ pump gas soon wilted this gasket too.
Happy with the GMC Paul cap.
ECC [Evaporative Closed Circuit?] is emissions compatible stuff, came in w/ MY '71 or '72.
There's a return line from the fuel pump back to the tank, and a carbon particle fume escape vent under the hood. And vent holes in the Driver Side ''B'' Pillar.
Not for '68s. Forgetaboutit.
How is the shape of the filler neck grommet? If cracked, that can also import fumes.
I used to have locking gas caps. Sloshed a lot of gas over the side in hard right turns. Also lost a lot from evaporation when parked in the Desert Sun. I finally figured I'd been paranoid, and using the 'locking'' gas cap was losing me fuel. Not many theives have the time to siphon off gasoline. Too low a score for too high a risk. Millenials hate the taste of Regular, anyway.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:33 AM   #133
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Thanks for the information! I cut out cork gasket, and that is working so far. But pressure builds up, so have to stand back when opening the cap. I had a locking cap on the '48 that I had last century, it was a PITA.
I got all new spring mounts on the back now (since one was missing, had to buy a set), an additional improvement in ride.
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:00 AM   #134
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If you get a Self Venting gas cap, you won't have to open the cap to release pressure. Excess vapor pressure in the tank can cause excess fuel pressure at the carburetor.
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