UPDATE: Wednesday, 8:10 AM
Due to the rain today, I won't be working on the truck just yet. I'm hoping it will be okay to do some work when the rain stops this evening. Otherwise, I'll try again tomorrow.
At the suggestion of a member on another forum, I did go and buy a fuel pressure and vacuum gauge tester from Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ter-93547.html
Having never done a vacuum reading before, I did some research and found this article: http://www.aa1car.com/library/vacleak.htm
Since I didn't see an emissions label under the hood, I am using the following two vacuum diagrams from Chilton's for reference: CA emissions
and Non - CA emissions
So now, based on all the advice given and everything I've read, here is a checklist of what I'll be doing:
- Re-gap the spark plugs to 0.045".
- Make sure no wires are arching. Replace and reroute if needed.
- Siphon out as much of the dirty fuel as possible before resorting to dropping the tank and dumping it out. Replace with clean gas.
- Replace fuel filters.
- Test the canister on the carburetor to see if it the choke is working as Cyclops suggested.
- Do a vacuum reading.
- Post all results.