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Old 08-29-2014, 10:56 PM
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For future reference, anyone replacing the temperature sending unit should be sure to drain the radiator below the level of the top of the intake manifold. Unless you enjoy making coolant geysers under the hood of your truck. They ARE a pretty green color.
Aw Just do it on a cool morning/day and do not remove the radiator cap tho as this gives it air to pour out like a fountain as you found out.

The trick is to have your new one already to install and close at hand as you remove the old one pop the new one in with very little coolant lost..
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Cap was on, but the engine was warm. And I was too surprised at first to do a quick swap. Would have been hard to do anyway, as the distributor is very much in the way. It was hard just to SEE what I was doing, much less get my big ole mitts back in there.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:49 AM
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Cap was on, but the engine was warm. And I was too surprised at first to do a quick swap. Would have been hard to do anyway, as the distributor is very much in the way. It was hard just to SEE what I was doing, much less get my big ole mitts back in there.
I have to use one of those plastic box crates to stand on to do any work on my engine, as it's a 4wd and I'm 6.1" with a bad back. So have to take my pain pills before doing any type of work on it leaning over..

But hey, I am still a live is all that counts!

And, I'm now old enough to know where dirt came from...

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That's a very nice truck orich.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:18 AM
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That's a very nice truck orich.
Thanks it' my ol money pit since 1978, the only things that have not been replaced is the hood & cab/frame. But my son will end up with it some day.
So don't care how much I put into as it gives me something to do.

And old farts need to keep busy or they'll die.

The paint is now 19 yrs old and now doing a little rust bubbles repair in the door jam areas.

Also going to replace the side trim with the 1.1\2" one and get it repainted as the hood is starting to peel clear coat..

Thanks again come back kid!
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I have to use one of those plastic box crates to stand on to do any work on my engine, as it's a 4wd and I'm 6.1" with a bad back. So have to take my pain pills before doing any type of work on it leaning over..

But hey, I am still a live is all that counts!

And, I'm now old enough to know where dirt came from...
Sweet truck! I really like the way the highboys look.

I am 6'3" with a fair back, and it's a 2WD, but what with my ignorance, using a trouble-light in the dark, and the distributor being in the way, I was unprepared and unable to stem the green tide!
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Testing gauges

You may have this fixed already but if you take the wire off the sending unit and put a 12 volt test light between the wire and ground the gauge should give a reading this will work for any of the gauges. If you get a reading it is the sender If you don't. There is a voltage regulator on the back of the gauge cluster if this is the problem all the gauges except the Amp meter. This regulator cuts the voltage from 12 volts to 5.
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You may have this fixed already but if you take the wire off the sending unit and put a 12 volt test light between the wire and ground the gauge should give a reading this will work for any of the gauges. If you get a reading it is the sender If you don't. There is a voltage regulator on the back of the gauge cluster if this is the problem all the gauges except the Amp meter. This regulator cuts the voltage from 12 volts to 5.
Ya don't need to hunt up a test light to get a reading just touch the sender wire to ground. bingo
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^ Made that mistake before, haha
Raises hand. I wasn't gonna admit it on the intertubes, tho!!
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Test light

Yah you can do it that way but it is a little rough on the gauge and if some reason it is grounded to long it can burn up the gauge.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:16 AM
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In 55 yrs have not burn out one gauge yet by grounding the sender wire.
May be you did not think of grounding the wire, then turn on ignition switch and watch the gauge for movement.. Then turn ign. off
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In 55 yrs have not burn out one gauge yet by grounding the sender wire. May be you did not think of grounding the wire, then turn on ignition switch and watch the gauge for movement.. Then turn ign. off Orich
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