There is a gas station about 5 miles down the road. prices are higher because I'm out in the sticks, but I should not need to fuel up too often. I expect the truck to be home based 99% of the time.
Did not consider the valve wear, but since we discontinued lead in gas I suppose it's a bit more of an issue for a lot of vehicles. The old '61 Buick Electra I had with the nailhead sure missed the lead!
I'm looking into propane costs and availability as well as an annual tax on alternative fuels.
I'm also looking into a brake issue. The brakes are said to stop the truck fine, but I noticed a potential problem.
I did not have time for a test drive when I looked at the truck but it fired up and sounded great, until I stepped on the brakes...
When the brakes are stepped on the power steering pump makes an unusual hydraulic pump noise. When I squeeze the hose with my fingers I feel pulsating instead of a normal constant flow.
Also, the Emergency brake light stays on even when the emergency brakes are released. The emergency brakes do release, but the light does not go off.
There is the backup electric motor under the master cylinder, but it remains quiet. I have not yet tried to see if it activates with the engine n to running.
Any ideas on the brake issue? I moved the truck forward and backwards some and the brakes did work, but had the pump noise.
The truck will see mostly use on the property (if purchased) and not much road use so cost of propane may not be a huge issue, but brakes are another matter.
The truck is in very good shape in most other areas looking and sounding great, but brakes and disconnected heater core were noticed. I may take it for a test drive, but had concerns about the brakes and time constraints.
I'm pretty sure this has the Lucas Girling hydraulic over hydraulic brake system which I understand might be pricey to stay on top of...
I'm not sure there is another hydraulic system for these years. The LG system is bad mouthed regularly as being expensive to work on.
We have a similar system (if not the same, not sure) on our trucks at work. With the engine off, you should hear that electric backup working to provide power for the brakes. You should not hear it with the engine running. This happens from time to time, but I'm not sure of the most common reason.
If the noise is coming from the PS/brake pump, it could be low fluid, air in the system or the pump giving up. Again, not uncommon to hear that on our trucks, but they usually get fixed by the next day when written up, so it can't be that big a deal.
Since the steering, brakes and parking brake all rely on that hydraulic system, leaks are not uncommon due to all the lines and seals involved.
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