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    Sam, did you check fuel pressure? I've had Chevy pumps with worn impellers scream like a banshee and not put out any pressure. A pump with a good impeller may sound slower.

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    Sam, did you check fuel pressure? I've had Chevy pumps with worn impellers scream like a banshee and not put out any pressure. A pump with a good impeller may sound slower.
    I think I'm good now.

    I took the thing back to Oreilly, and we tested it side by side with another one off the shelf. The pump has a nice super high pitched sound, but very quiet. It matches the other one in the back tank sound wise, so I'm golden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sucks that out of 2 brand new pumps, one was defective. BUT THEY WERE VERY NICE ABOUT EXCHANGING IT. We had almost the same problem with a starter for K'kins car..........it took 2 to get a good one.

    Fuel pressure is running 35 at idle (also key on engine off), and upwards of 45 at snap. The biggest change has been the idle after snapping the throttle.

    Before replacing the pump, the engine would sputter, and lose rpm after a throttle snap........then regain rpm. Now, there's no hesitation at snap, and no stumble at idle after the snap.

    I've only put fuel in the front tank. I'm waiting for Monday to call the dealer, and try to get ahold of the fuel vapor valve seal before I put any gas in the back tank. They have 2 different valves on these...............one is a single line valve, and this truck has the 2 line valves. The seals are different for each type of valve. I've seen the correct seals on Ebay, but they're days a way. I'm hoping the dealer has them in stock.

    After startup, I cleared the fuel in the rail by releasing pressure from the fuel pressure tester. I got a bit of yellow gas, but only a bit. It's running a nice bluish color now. I'm thinking that the yellow stuff was already in the rail before I replaced the pumps. This truck has had a bad history of water in the gas.

    To be safe, I also cleaned the front tank best as I could without removing it. It wouldn't have made any difference anyway...........it's a long tank,, and I can't reach all the way to the ends through the fuel pump hole, so it couldn't have been manually scrubbed any better off the truck.

    The gas that came out of the tank when it was siphoned was yellowish tinted. The walls of the tank, when scrubbed, also had yellowish crap on them. This is probably residue from the many times the tank has been waterlogged. While scrubbing, I did find some pretty bad rust on the low spot in the tank (front tank is metal, not plastic like rear tank). I checked, and these tanks are still widely available, so I'm not too worried. Probably get one, and put it up for when this one starts to pinhole.

    When it died the second time, after replacing the filter, I replaced the filter with what they had at Oreilly. I believe it's a Wix, or some other brand. Anyways...this was when I figured I needed a new pump......the filter wasn't clogged.

    I had a Fram in it before I replaced it. Brand new one. When I pulled it off, it was actually easier to blow through than the new Oreilly filter. I plan on picking up a few Fram filters, and pulling the Oreilly filter immediately. Then change filters a few times till I'm sure all the loose stuff is out of the tanks. I know there has to be some stuff left in them, if only lint from the rags. Sometimes the aftermarket filters are too tight micron wise. They brag on how fine the elements are. IMHO, all this does is place load on the pump. Fram is about as close to OEM as you can get. BTW.........they do the same with furnace filters for the house. The fine media Heppa filters make your blower work like a mule. I refuse to use them. I go with a standard fiberglass filter when I can find them. They're getting rare though.

    Until the back tank is fully flushed, I'm gonna keep spare filters, disconnect tools, and a pressure gauge(to relieve rail pressure, inertia switch is almost impossible to get to), in the truck. I'm sure there's some sludge I missed. Be a fool not to plan on maybe having to replace a filter somewhere on the road.

    Hopefully start on the bed tomorrow. Shim modifications, and dealing with the water in the gas problem. The stupid thing has trapdoor filler pockets on top of the stinkin' bed. Stupid.......they fill up with water because the drain's too small, and hay/dirt gets in there and plugs them up. Never fails.......I usually clean then out,, but the one time it rains hard is the time I forget to clean them. Gonna get rid of that problem first thing.

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    I Just Had To See

    Remember how you were when you were a kid. Just had to poke around in something to see how it worked. Had to tear it apart. (Fixing came later, ruining was easier)

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    I think I now know why the back tank never worked since I bought the truckName:  mutley.gif
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Size:  9.3 KB The fuel system, with the way the flatbed is designed, is about the most vulnerable thing on this truck, and probably always has been, since the bed was mounted a quarter century ago. Bed's been on that truck longer than some folks have been alive

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    That's the inner kid in us that takes stuff apart to see how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    That's the inner kid in us that takes stuff apart to see how it works.
    Or in some cases certain groups do that to entire nation.

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    Got my seals in today, so the rear tank is ready for fuel...........sorta.

    I still need to repair the filler hose.

    I called a guy I do business with regularly, and he has two grades of filler hose. One stiff grade, and another more flexible grade. The flexible grade runs around $9/foot. I didn't ask what the stiffer grade runs.........but it's probably like the tank truck hose I buy from him for the swather. It's about twice that price.

    Total out the door price for the hose, union, and t-bolt clamps, is around $30. That is GREAT!!!!!! To buy the same crap through Oreilly would be about 3x that price.

    AND I GET TO STOP AND GET TAKEOUT FROM CARL'S JUNIOR

    We ate our first takeout in a year this week. Both our vaccines are in full effect now. It was a pleasure to bring home a bucket of chicken from KFC. Funny thing we both looked at each other, and said "Well that's enough KFC for the next 6 months". You might miss stuff, but when you get back to it, you realize how greasy it is, or salty, or..................................... Life is funny that way.

    BUT NOT CARL'S JUNIOR, OR ARBY'S REUBEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Aircraft fuel tank sealant is glorious and every mechanic should try a kit. When the Air Force threw away "expired" tubes they never made it to the dumpster but now I'm retired I buy kits to keep handy in my fridge.

    https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...al09-04612.php

    It's what seals basically all the aircraft fuel tanks, countless cockpit transparencies, panels as faying sealant, and more. I sealed GM diesel timing chests at Incirlik when the local motor pool went on strike and it worked a treat. It's not like RTVs or caulks and cares nothing for fuels, hydraulic fluids etc.

    I cut an access hole in my Chevy bed for future fuel pump access and every truck I have will grow one if it needs a fuel pump. I slather bed bolts with industrial anti-seize before reinstalling them on every truck I get and of course all the fuel tank threaded hardware.

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    I was about to lower the bed onto the truck today, then it hit me.

    I wasn't absolutely sure that the lock ring on the rear tank is fully seated I was only able to hand tighten it, then hit it with a drift to turn it tighter. Broke off one of the ears on the thing, and decided I'd best leave it alone. So, I'm not confident it's as tight as it should be. I don't need any leaks.

    This puts the stinkin' brakes on the whole thing

    The factory manual calls out the torque at 40-50ft/lbs on the ring. They also suggest using a strap wrench to tighten the piece of crap. I don't have a strap wrench big enough to go around the ring, and furthermore.......I think strap wrenches can break plastic stuff when they cam over to tighten the strap. The plastic ring is 27yrs old, and it's brittle.

    Now I gotta make a stinkin' tool for the job.

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    I just want to see this damn thing out of the shop. I'm sick of looking at it. And I'm having to use the pickup to haul hay in from almost 65 miles away ONE F'N BALE AT A TIME. Weather is supposed to warm up soon,,,,,,,,,,,,,God I hope so. But we're supposed to have rain Fri thru Sun. I gotta get this thing put together tomorrow. It doesn't have working windshield wipers, so it can't be driven when it's raining. I have another motor for the wipers, but it has to be pulled from the parts truck.

    Still gotta get to Tulsa to pick up the filler hose stuff.

    If all goes right, the bed ought to be on tomorrow evening. K'kins has to help me to put it on. Takes two people.......one on the crane, and a ground person to keep it lined up while it's being lowered..........without hitting anything important, like the cab or gas tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    Aircraft fuel tank sealant is glorious and every mechanic should try a kit. When the Air Force threw away "expired" tubes they never made it to the dumpster but now I'm retired I buy kits to keep handy in my fridge.

    https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...al09-04612.php

    It's what seals basically all the aircraft fuel tanks, countless cockpit transparencies, panels as faying sealant, and more. I sealed GM diesel timing chests at Incirlik when the local motor pool went on strike and it worked a treat. It's not like RTVs or caulks and cares nothing for fuels, hydraulic fluids etc.

    I cut an access hole in my Chevy bed for future fuel pump access and every truck I have will grow one if it needs a fuel pump. I slather bed bolts with industrial anti-seize before reinstalling them on every truck I get and of course all the fuel tank threaded hardware.
    That looks like good stuff. I never heard of it, so it's a valuable link

    Does this stuff come off if you have to take things apart?

    Yeah, I'm religious with anti seize. It's cheap insurance for the future. I wish they'd take the time to put the stuff on manifold studs at the factory. It's almost like they WANT you to break them.

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    "I was about to lower the bed onto the truck today, then it hit me." Quote...


    Sounds painful...
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    Gotta love owning trucks... Got home today and saw a puddle under the SuperFord . Frikken water pump, at least the V10 has one that's easy to change.

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    Specialized tools take a bit of time to make.....................ALL FOR ABOUT 15 SECONDS OF USE The ring turned almost another half turn from where I thought I had it properly tightened. So, it's all goodName:  tkqe4fh-smiley-two-thumbs-up175028_285604.gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    Gotta love owning trucks... Got home today and saw a puddle under the SuperFord . Frikken water pump, at least the V10 has one that's easy to change.
    I have a split seam on the top tank on the F-150. Been a slow leaker for years, until this week. Now it's taking a gallon of water about every 100 miles, or less. Drove 120mi today, and it was pretty hot by the time I got back. Problem is...........if you have to add water on the road, you have to sit quite a while to let the water cool down so it doesn't boil out of the neck when you open it up.

    Fill it up, and it blows water out fast. Once the water level goes down, the leak slows down because the level is below the split seam. But by that time, the heat starts to rise pretty fast. PITA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    I have a split seam on the top tank on the F-150. Been a slow leaker for years, until this week. Now it's taking a gallon of water about every 100 miles, or less. Drove 120mi today, and it was pretty hot by the time I got back. Problem is...........if you have to add water on the road, you have to sit quite a while to let the water cool down so it doesn't boil out of the neck when you open it up.

    Fill it up, and it blows water out fast. Once the water level goes down, the leak slows down because the level is below the split seam. But by that time, the heat starts to rise pretty fast. PITA.
    Ouch, that can be hard on heads and blocks. Had a series 60 Detroit in the shop awhile back that overheated and junked a $3000 head casting. Plus 3 cracked pistons and scored liners. Computer tattletale said it hit 240 degrees several times.

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    This one could be an easy fix. I have a good radiator(i'm assuming) in the parts truck. But, the price of radiators is so reasonable nowdays, that it might just be as easy to get a new one. Radiator at Autozone, w/o Air Conditioning, is $149. Messing around with the parts truck just takes more time, and it's no guarantee that the radiator in that truck is any good.

    It's the hoses I dread. Aftermarket stuff sometimes has different diameter outlets/inlets than the original. It can be a real mess trying to find the right hose. I think I had this problem when replacing the top hose on this truck years ago. IIRC, a replacement water pump had a different sized outlet, and it was a mess trying to find a hose with two different diameter necks. It's been such a long time that I can't remember exactly, but I do know I had a hose issue.

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    Watch the bottom hose on that F150 too. There are two different types. One with an air pump, one without. Guess how I learned that?

    Put a new radiator in mine years ago. Pretty easy as I recall. Hell of a lot less time and bother than driving around with a couple gallons of water.

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    The Beagle Has Landed

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    Do the fuel fill stuff in the morning, and it's out the door.

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