My 88 is at 147 and the ENGINE is indestructible. I've driven it for about
20 minutes without the serp belt, used to burn rubber all the time, and
drove it at 75MPH in 2/3 gear ( manual) every oncst in a whilst. But
everything electric breaks on demand (who's demand I know not). - dun like
I'm on number 5 (4 S-10s + 1 Sonoma)... I've alwayse bought them
and beat them pretty hard. The 96 Sonoma is running great at 180K mi
(bought it with 163K).
The pre 87 (3 of them) weren't very powerful, and pulling a full load
were maxed at 35mph on the highway. My 88 w/ a 1000 lbs load pulled
80 on the toughest hills (ie: Windser NY there's a 3 mile hill) - the
fuel injection made all the differnece for the sake of power (in the
Only the 88 had a fuel pump go on it... We were 300 mi from home
returning on a Sunday (parts stores closed) w/ the Harley and Canoe on
it. It made it home at an average of 5mph - a long long trip.
The 87 that I'm working on now probably didn't need the fuel pump -
but instead seemed to fake me out - though I'm not sure. Still
chasing fuel line and electrical problems. Tomarrow I will be taking
the tank out and replacing the fuel-return line and while I'm there
soldering a ground-lead to the fuel line that's used internally for
ground. The 87 has 166K miles and I just rebuilt the engine. After
that and the rest of the bugs are out if it, I'm certain it will be a
good solid vehicle. And with Gas going to $3/gal it's a good size for
me - still a truck, but only a small 6 - and not a pathetic 4.
First I meant 152 when I said 147, whatever that is.
The 'iron horse' or 'iron four' is a nice little engine. I know that when we
had about an 800lb load in the bed with paving stones a while back, we had
no problem keeping up with traffic on the highway on I93 in the 'shire.
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