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Old 08-09-2018, 03:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Still, I'd keep it in T/H mode, and manual shift to keep the revs in the 2000 to 2500 range as much as possible.
I'll keep it in T/H for sure. I'm actually on my way to your neighborhood. Meeting friends in Roseburg to float the river tomorrow and then go wine tasting Saturday. Just got to get through Portland first.


Love to see pics of your Nova by the way. I'm working on a ground up restoration of a '69 El Camino SS 396 4spd. It was my father in laws car. He started the restoration but passed before he was able to finish it. My wife and I bought it from his estate, we just want to see it finished.

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Old 08-09-2018, 03:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Still, I'd keep it in T/H mode, and manual shift to keep the revs in the 2000 to 2500 range as much as possible.
I definitely DO NOT recommend manual mode or trying to outsmart the truck and shifting yourself, especially in the LML. The truck knows what itís doing and when in manual mode automatic grade braking is turned off. Just turn on T/H and drive.

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I uploaded a couple low res pics of the El Camino in my photos but I'm not sure how to attach them to a thread. The quality of those pics don't do the car justice anyway though.
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I uploaded a couple low res pics of the El Camino in my photos but I'm not sure how to attach them to a thread. The quality of those pics don't do the car justice anyway though.
Here are some tips to uploading pics to the forum:
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That Camino looks pretty decent, should make a nice driver.
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That Camino looks pretty decent, should make a nice driver.
Thanks! That was the day we brought it home from storage. It was covered in dust and filth. And those are not the wheels and tires that will be staying on it. It will be showroom condition by next summer.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Truck has done great! 98 deg out, engine has stayed at 210 and the trans right around 180. The trailer is having a tougher time. Hit a BIG bump and the 100 gallon fresh water tank broke free. Limped it to the burger king in Cottage Grove. My wife took the truck to wall mart for some ratchet straps while the tank drains. Hoping Ibcan secure it well enough for the 59 or so miles we have left to go tonight.
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Got the tank secured and made it to Roseburg. My friend her has a welder so I can make a more permanent repair before I head home on Sunday. This will be a fun story at some point... right??
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Got the tank secured and made it to Roseburg. My friend her has a welder so I can make a more permanent repair before I head home on Sunday. This will be a fun story at some point... right??
The best stories typical start out with some sort disaster that later gets funny
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So the drive home was pretty uneventful. The Duramax is a monster! My old 7.3 Powerstroke never had issues other than EGT's when pulling hard up the hills. Still have a lot of love for that truck but the Dmax is a whole other world. The only indication I had that there was even a trailer back there was the fuel gauge! I definitely arrived at my destinations more relaxed, other than the water tank. I think I'm gonna like this truck!

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