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The Magic of Polishing Compound


2017-04-24

After using polishing compound on chrome bumper

I had washed this bumper with soap and water multiple times over the last few months and that texture had never come off. I thought I was stuck with it or would have to get a new bumper. I tried Turtle Wax Polishing Compound and it completely removed the texture. I just used a paper shop towel and polished it by hand for a few seconds. Time to go over the rest of both bumpers now.

Painting the air intake on the 1990 Chevy Truck


2017-04-14

I used Rust-Oleum Automotive Rust Reformer Spray as a base and then sprayed over that with a cheap black spray paint. I sprayed over the rust reformer because it didn’t seem very easy to clean without damaging it, as I found out in my post about Painting Vehicle Floor Boards.

I don’t have any good before photos except this one where I had the lid flipped:

Now just to clean up the rest of the engine bay…

Ongoing Total of Rustoleum Paint Job


2017-03-17

Rustoleum paint on hood after fifth coat, before wet sanding

Rustoleum paint on hood after fifth coat, before wet sanding

I have started painting the hood of the Chevy K2500. This is an on-going report of the supplies used and how much they cost. I will update it as I paint more parts of the truck.

Total (so far) - $194.66

Chevy K2500 Maintenance


2017-03-15

1990 Chevrolet K2500 Scottsdale Extended Cab 4x4

An ongoing list of maintenance and non-fuel costs for the 1990 Chevrolet K2500.

| Date        | Miles  | Item/Work                      | Cost    |
|-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------|
| 2016-09-05  | 214550 | Bought truck                   | $500.00  |
| 2016-09-05  | 214550 | Air filter                     | $7.62    |
| 2016-09-05  | 214550 | Ground cable for battery       | $0.00    |
| 2016-09-18  | 214567 | Oil change                     | $24.13   |
| 2016-09-24  | 214607 | O2 sensor                      | $13.99   |
| 2016-09-29  | 214607 | Door hinge pins, driver side   | $4.89    |
| 2016-09-30  | 214670 | Wiper blades                   | $27.00   |
| 2016-10-03  | 214700 | Engine repair fluid/stop leak  | $9.50    |
| 2016-10-03  | 214700 | Transmission repair/stop leak  | $9.50    |
| 2016-10-25  | 215128 | Spark plugs                    | $32.88   |
| 2016-10-25  | 215128 | Spark plug wires               | $38.16   |
| 2016-10-25  | 215128 | Distributor cap                | $24.98   |
| 2016-10-25  | 215128 | Distributor rotor              | $7.46    |
| 2016-11-10  | 215195 | Serpentine Belt                | $21.27   |
| 2016-11-10  | 215195 | Painted grill                  | $6.00    |
| 2016-11-20  | 215442 | Flushed radiator               | $11.00   |
| 2016-11-20  | 215442 | Thermostat                     | $8.00    |
| 2016-11-23  | 215480 | New tires                      | $607.63  |
| 2016-12-01  | 215605 | New hood (salvage yard)        | $100.00  |
| 2016-12-01  | 215605 | New headlights (glass)         | $90.88   |
| 2016-12-01  | 215605 | Oil change                     | $16.58   |
| 2016-12-14  | 215715 | Oil change + MMO*              | $20.00   |
| 2016-12-21  | 215825 | New PCV Valve                  | $3.00    |
| 2016-12-21  | 215825 | New footwell bulbs             | $10.88   |
| 2017-02-26  | 216600 | Rebuilt brake wheel cylinder PR| $13.00   |
|-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------|

*MMO - Marvel Mystery Oil

Does your truck "bounce" at certain speeds?


2017-03-13

1990 Chevrolet K2500 Scottsdale, the day I got her.

When I bought my truck, it had been sitting in field for two years. You can read more about that here: About the Chevy K2500. Sitting for that long in one spot is not good for tires. I knew I needed to replace them but I didn't realize how they would affect the ride of the truck as it went down the road. They held air, so they should be fine for a bit, right?

With those tires (pictured above), the truck would have a pronounced bounce at 45 mph and 65 mph. It would be relatively smooth at other speeds. So I thought something might be wrong with the rear axle or something. I finally got around to getting new tires and the bounce went away completely. The ride is now buttery smooth on pavement.

So if your vehicle is bouncing at certain speeds, check your tires. It might be time for new ones. I got some like these (245/75/R16, the stock size for this truck) and they have been great.

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