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Crazyfast79TA

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By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I didn't think it would ever make it this far! 240,000 miles! It's not in the greatest shape but it starts even when it's more than -20 outside and runs without a problem. The brakes are working properly (finally!) and the transmission is still shifting good even with the transfer case malfunctioning. There's still issues with the front suspension that will be taken care of this spring along with new tires. These suck bad! I may even be inspired to fix the rust and dents and repaint the stupid truck to make it last even longer. I'm not going to take too much time away from my S-10 project to work on this p.o.s. I just want this truck right for next winter!

A Week Later and I Still Hate This Truck!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I got the brakes fixed and they work good. The radiator hasn't given me any problems. The stupid truck starts every day. But the power steering is still screwed up. The tires suck and the four wheel drive doesn't work. I'm about ready to find a truck that needs an engine and part this p.o.s. out!
I just realized I'm messing up my new year resolution of trying to be positive. So I'll start over.

This truck starts every day and the brakes work good and the radiator doesn't leak. It looks like it would be a good candidate for being a parts donor to a deserving truck. I could do the same with this drivetrain as I did with my '87 S-10. Wouldn't it be great to find a 4x4 S-10 that needs an engine? I could have 2 V8 S-10's! See what being positive can do! Oh boy! Are the wheels spinning in my head! I'm going to have to check out craig's list!

It's That Time Again! The Annual "I Wanna Burn This Truck" Season

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

Seems like it happens every year about this time. We're well into snowfall season and something goes bad on this truck I guess that just because I'm the "car guy" I'm supposed to know what's going on with all the vehicles even when I don't drive them. It may be my fault for not doing a weekly check on each vehicle and make a repair list and schedule the repairs. Someday I will get everything caught up so there won't be any more lingering problems. I finally got the rear brakes fixed. I also tackled the leaking power steering lines while I had it in the garage. I checked the anti-freeze level (first time since new radiator install) good for-45. Now it seems like I'm going to have to tackle the transfer case. I hate winter!

Here's the rundown on what I've fixed on this truck since we've owned it:
Tires...always needing tires!

Front axel engagement actuator...you know, that electrical gizmo that engages the front end when you flip the 4x4 switch.

Fuel pump...Dustyn replaced in high school auto shop

Power steering hose...Dustyn replaced in high school auto shop

Wiper motor pulse board...Kevin had a stick wedged in it to "fix" it. I used the one out of my S-10 to actually fix it.

Driver's window...Came loose from lower frame. Glued back on.

Right taillight circuit board...Bulbs were good, board wasn't.

Trailer lights plug...Had 3 different pig-tails and none of them worked. I installed a new one and did away with the cluster that was there

Front brake pads...Just worn out.

Tune up...Plugs, wires, cap and rotor.

Fuel pump wiring harness...Shorted out inside tank.

Right inner tie rod end/Idler arm...Probably needs the rest replaced too

Battery...Just like tires, always needs attention.

Radiator...Somebody (not me) tried patching it with fiberglass once before.

Rear brake lines...Rust, rot, and age took their toll on entire rear part of the system.

Power steering hose...Dustyn didn't remove old "O" rings when installing new hose before, so I had to remove old "O" rings and do it right this time.

I know there's a ton more stuff to do on this truck that I don't know where the money's going to come from for repairs. I know we can't afford to find a replacement truck, so I guess I'll do what I can when I can.

I still hate winter!

P.O.S.2 Rides Again!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I had to fix the rear brakes and fix the power steering after my step-daughter slid into/over a sign in the median after she missed a turn she couldn't slow down for in the snow storm we had a couple weeks back. I guess me driving my Trans Am wasn't bad enough, she didn't want me to get my S-10 done she had to wipe out the sign. Michelle wanted me to get the P.O.S. fixed so I pulled the S-10 out and started on the P.O.S. in and started replacing the metal brake line from the front all the way back, the hose, lines going to the wheel cylinders, and the wheel cylinders and hardware. I also fixed the power steering lines that Michelle's son had replaced. He followed the instruction pretty good. He put the new "o" rings on when he installed the lines. Too bad he didn't take the old ones off first. Oh well it's all good now. Maybe I can get back to the S-10 now.

Been driving "The Workhorse" and it feels GREAT!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

It may not have rear brakes and the front tires are bald, but the four wheel drive works and I haven't gotten stuck yet! That's a big improvement over driving the van! I couldn't get up the hill going into work and just going down the highway was scary, and I'm fearless!

May Be Starting Back On This After New Years!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I was talking with my boss after work today about fixing the brakes on this truck. I was talking about limping it to the shop with no rear brakes. His look of disgust almost said "just use my truck and trailer and haul it in". It wasn't said, but certainly implied. I may come right out and ask him tomorrow. It would certainly make me feel more comfortable driving a 4x4 this winter than the big van. It sure would be nice to get it in the shop and on the hoist to work on it. I'll have to gather up the money for the brake lines, hose, and wheel cylinders to complete the job. Shouldn't be too hard after Christmas is done. We'll see!

Big Blue goes to the "back burner".

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I wish I could've got this truck done before the snow started flying and the weather got too cold to work on outside. I'll work on it more when I get more accustomed to the cold. Until then, it's just going to sit beside the driveway.

Big Blue is truly an "off road" truck!!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

I know it's not very impressive, but it is progress. I don't know why it had to get colder when I decided to work on this pile! I'm not thrilled to work on this truck, and definitely NOT thrilled about doing it outside on the driveway! It's about all I can do. Anyway, I got the wheels off. It's like they were welded on. It needs the front tires replaced. The front brakes look good. The rear tires are good. The brake drums fought me hard coming off, especially the right one. The hardware in that one was falling apart so I'm just going to replace it in both sides. Then I have to figure out why the brake pedal dropped. I didn't see any leaks. It was probably an internal leak in the master cylinder, knowing my luck. Then I started checking out the front end. Oh boy! I think I'm going to replace all the tie rod ends, idler arm, and pitman arm to begin with and see what I get after that. I did find something up front that I didn't expect. There's a leak in the power steering lines. I thought my step son fixed them when he replaced the hoses in high school auto-shop.I hope it's just loose fittings. When I was getting the brake drums off the rear, I spun the axels back and forth, kind of checking the lash. Didn't feel too loose, and not too much play. No clunking or banging. I think the noise we had before was in the transfer case. That may be a bit of relief. I'd rather change that than a rear end. This is starting to remind me of the Trans Am project.. I worked on that all winter trying to get it done for summer, but ended up working on it halfway through July to get it done. Now it seems like I'll be working on this truck into winter! I need it before the snow really starts to fly!

Still Not Driving It

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

You know, batteries just aren't as good as advertised. The warranty sound good. And you'd think a local bussiness would stand up to it better than this. I bought the battery from L&M Fleet Supply in Grand Rapids in December 2010. I didn't drive the truck last winter or at all this summer. I went out to start it and the battery was dead as a rock! I put the charger on it (set at 10 amp) and charged it for 5 hours while I was working on the Escort wagon in the garage. It was still stone cold. I charged it some more the next day. Still dead! I pulled it out and headed to L&M for replacement. Was full replacement for 12 months then prorated after that. It ended up they wanted to charge me half the price of a new battery to replace this one under their warranty! I tried to tell them about my battery from Advance Auto I had in the Trans Am that sat there for 6 years and was dead as a rock. I put the charger on it overnight and it was right back to life! I asked what was wrong with their battery and warranty. They just repeated the half new price and said that was the best they could do. So sad. I'll never buy a battery from them again! I'm not sure I'd buy anything from them! Piss me off and that's what happens! I didn't go back to Sears for 9 years after I had to fight to get my air compressor fixed under warranty! That was the first time it blew up! I rebuilt it twice since then. I think it's about ready to go again. Guess where I won't buy a new one from? Neither Sears or L&M! Anyway, back to the battery story. I pulled the battery out of the Grand Am sitting beside our garage since 2009 and put the charger on it for a couple hours. It started taking a charge. Cranked over a few times but not enough to start "Old Blue". I'll throw the charger on when we leave for church and give it a try after church. I bet that battery from Car Qwest will do it!

Going To Make Big Blue Road-Ready

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

It's about time I do something to get this truck back on the road. Snowy weather is upon us! The van can handle the little bit of snow we've gotten so far, but when the real stuff comes I don't want to get caught with my pants down! I'm not sure what it's going to take to get it going again. First thing I had to deal with was a dead battery. It's not even 2 years old yet. I still can't believe the battery in the Trans Am took a charge and didn't let me down. This one might. I got it at L&M Fleet Supply Store. I thought that would be better than Wal-Mart. Evidently it's not as good as Advance Auto. The next thing I know I have to do is check the brake system. Last time I moved it something popped and the pedal dropped. Your guess is as good as mine right now. That shouldn't be too hard to figure out once I get it up on the driveway. Then I know I have to change the idler arm. The truck wandered all over the road last time I drove it. After that I'll have to check out the rear-end and transfer case. It makes a weird noise when you put in reverse sometimes and acts like it goes into neutral. I'll get it figured out. Then it's just the normal check-over; lights, fluids, tires, wiper blades and so on. Then I have to get the tags renewed and switch the insurance over from the van. I know one thing I'm NOT going to do, I'm not putting one of those loud exhaust systems on it! I think that just makes a truck sound bad. I low rumble is one thing, but a thunderous roar that shakes your teeth out is ridiculous! Say what you will about that, it's just my opinion.

Broken

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1997 Chevrolet K 2500 (Work Horse)

About a useful as a brick balloon right now.
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