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Ongoing Total of Rustoleum Paint Job


2017-03-17

Rustoleum paint on hood after third caot, before wet sanding

Rustoleum paint on hood after third caot, 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) - $113.09

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    |
|-------------|--------|--------------------------------|----------|

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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The Cab Panels Have Arrived


2017-02-24

1990 Chevy K2500 new cab panels

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.

1990 Chevy K2500 rusted cab panel on passenger side

The rusted panel on the passenger side

1990 Chevy K2500 rusted cab panel on driver side

The rusted panel on the driver side

I plan on trying to use body panel adhesive to attach these. I don't have a welding setup and the heat from welding can cause a fire in the insulation behind these panels.

I'll be getting this started in the next month or so hopefully and I'll post updates as they occur.

Chevy K2500 Fuel Economy Log


2017-02-07

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.

| Date        | Miles | Gallons | MPG  |
|-------------|-------|---------|------|
| Oct 06 2016 | 223.0 | 17.912  | 12.4 |
| Oct 14 2016 | 145.0 | 12.015  | 12.1 |
| Nov 10 2016 | 253.0 | 21.061  | 12.0 |
| Nov 21 2016 | 254.0 | 20.730  | 12.3 |
| Dec 07 2016 | 219.5 | 17.256  | 12.7 |
| Dec 24 2016 | 268.9 | 20.987  | 12.8 |
| Jan 02 2017 | 164.8 | 11.106  | 14.8 |
| Feb 08 2017 | 254.7 | 19.588  | 13.0 |
| Mar 09 2017 | 277.6 | 19.095  | 14.5 |
  • Total Miles: 2060.5
  • Total Gallons: 159.75
  • Average MPG: 12.9
  • Best MPG: 14.8
  • Worst MPG: 12.0

Driving description: 55% Highway (60-65 mph), 40% City (40-45 mph), 5% Farm (5 mph)