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Update: sending unit is shot, ohm readings are all over the place, nowhere near the 0-90 ohm range. Since I have the tank out I see no better time to replace it. Ran new lines just waiting for the sending unit then I can toss the tank back in and hopefully have an accurate (as can be expected) fuel gauge again!

In the meantime I've been running the truck off a can of diesel. Truck runs great, idle is smooth and no obvious leaks I can see anywhere. Thanks you guys for the help and guidance on getting the truck running. Honestly I expected more difficult time (knock on wood).


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Update: after disassembling the sending unit it looked like the small striped contacts were ok, however the small pads that swing with the float and the base had corrosion. After a few attempts of sanding and bending they are consistently going through the ohm range, although about the last 1/3 is activated the "low fuel" light. So going to assume low means about 10 gallons left lol.

After that I tossed sending unit back in and did a custom routing with 3/8 and 5/16 J30R7 fuel/vapor hose up to the engine compartment. Hooked both in and pumped the mechanical fuel pump until there was no air in the line. Bumped the starter and the truck fired right up. Few air bubbles resulted in an occasional stumble but after about 3 minutes of idling it idles smoothly again with no hiccups. During that time I was looking around and to my excitement don't spot any other leaks at the moment!

I'm excited to get working on the truck. Hoping to daily it to and from work in the near future. Thank you guys for all the advice and assistance along the way. Changed oil, fuel filter, added marine 2 stroke oil to the tank, and buttoned everything up and she's starting and running like a champ. Now to address the transmission...

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Well started working ok her and trans is beyond toast, pics below. Hoping I can remove the sludge and rebuild it but I'm certain this gunk is bad news for that valve body.

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I'd be filtering & reusing that red dyed diesel if I were you, as long as you don't have random tank tests where you're at.

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I'd be filtering & reusing that red dyed diesel if I were you, as long as you don't have random tank tests where you're at.
None, have the tank about half full right now of it. Will out the rest in once I get her moving again.

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Watching...hopefully it gets moving soon for you!

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Watching...hopefully it gets moving soon for you!
Found a great deal on a Getrag 360 with everything I needed. Put it all in with a new 4" custom rear driveshaft and she's driving again! Now it's time to get everything else fixed up! Thanks for all the input!

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