Trucks

New Seats in the 1990 Chevy Truck

I finally got some “new” seats. These came out of a salvaged 1994 Chevy truck, but they were originally from a 1990 model. Either year would have fit. It took me about 6 months of watching and waiting to find some decent condition, blue seats for the truck. Before installing the seats, I thoroughly cleaned them with Shout Auto Dirt and Stain Remover (you can get it on Amazon here).

New Exhaust on the 1990 Chevy Truck

I finally took the plunge and got the exhaust replaced on my 1990 Chevy truck. I went with a simple one-in, one-out magnaflow muffler with a turned down outlet pipe. It sounds great, but the star of the show is the custom Y-pipe I asked my exhaust guy to make. It looks like the one pictured above. I’ll take a picture of the actual exhaust when my garage drops below 98 degrees F.

The TBI Air Flow Enhancer, a.k.a. the Salad Bowl

I just installed the TBI Air Flow Enhancer from Jegs. You can also get it at Summit Racing under the name Hypertech TBI Power Chargers 4001. And you can also make your own for much cheaper. I had read mixed reports of the effect these bowls have on performance. Some say it doesn’t do anything and some say you can definitely feel an increase in power. TBI Air Flow Enhancer, a.

The Magic of Polishing Compound

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

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

Rustoleum paint on hood after fifth coat, buffing, polishing, and waxing 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. $8.37 x 2 - Rust-Oleum 7779504 Protective Enamel Paint Stops Rust, 32-Ounce, Gloss Black $12.10 - Valspar 4625 Enamel Hardener - 8 oz.

Chevy K2500 Maintenance

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 | |-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------| | Total | | | $500.00 | |-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------| Maintenance: | Date | Miles | Item/Work | Cost | |-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------| | 2016-09-05 | 214550 | Air filter | $7.62 | | 2016-09-05 | 214550 | Ground cable for battery | $0.

Does your truck "bounce" at certain speeds?

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?

The Cab Panels Have Arrived

The new panels for the 1990 Chevy K2500 The cab panels for my 1990 Chevy K2500 have arrived! These will be used to repair the rusting common to this generation of Chevrolet trucks. The driver’s side wasn’t as rusted so I could get away with just getting the smaller/cheaper panel for it. The rusted panel on the passenger side The rusted panel on the driver side I plan on trying to use body panel adhesive to attach these.

Chevy K2500 Fuel Economy Log

This is an ongoing log of the fuel economy for my 1990 Chevrolet K2500. You can see more info about the truck here (engine, tires, etc): About the Chevy K2500. Total Miles: 6981 Total Gallons: 503.54 Average MPG: 13.9 Best MPG: 15.9 Worst MPG: 12.0 | Date | Miles | Gallons | MPG | |-------------|-------|---------|------| | Oct 06 2016 | 223.0 | 17.912 | 12.4 | | Oct 14 2016 | 145.