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Truck talk

Chevy S-10 gas tank close up.

Thank you Eric and Roland for the helpful comments on our sad truck.

Yes....I agree that it's getting time to consider a newer truck and yes I also agree that a replacement tank might be the best solution to fix it up for now.

It was patched a couple years back and maybe having it towed recently damaged that patch.

I've heard good things about the Toyota Tacoma.

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three hours should get you a tank at an auto salvage yard, and an afternoon to put it in, floor jack helps, empty tank is a necessity. Phillip

Comment by wewally Sat Mar 4 15:46:05 2017

That tank looks pretty beat-up. It probably caught and scraped on something, given the dents and what appears to be bare metal. And to be honest, the months your truck spent in the swamp last year probably haven't improved its condition. The frame beam on the right of the picture also looks quite rusty.

The fuel tank is in an odd place for a vehicle that pretends to have off-road capability. It's pretty vulnerable down there.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Mar 4 16:12:44 2017

Unless there are tons of other issues with the truck currently, or you are on a roll at talking Anna in to large purchases and just want to replace the truck (he he he!) you can get an aftermarket tank for 89 bucks on, and I would replace the fuel pump while you are in there. This is a case of the labor to drop the tank is not worth putting another used tank in when a new is so relatively inexpensive.

Comment by Eric Sun Mar 5 10:41:45 2017
Good advice by Eric to replace the fuel pump.I bought a used Toyota, have put 50000 miles on it, only changed oil and tires, very dependable.If you are planning to pull anything, get the v-6. I love my 4 banger but it cannot handle pulling anything at interstate speeds.
Comment by wewally Sun Mar 5 18:20:34 2017

Toyota cars have had an excellent reputation w.r.t. reliability for decades. Not sure if that also extends to the pickup trucks, though. But given the amount of Landcruisers and Hilux in use as “technicals” in the middle east and africa, they can probably take quite a beating.

Parking them in a swamp is probably not intended use, though. :-P

Given the “road” conditions on your property, mounting a winch is probably a good idea.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Mar 6 15:08:33 2017

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