I drove today - it was fun!. Summer heat has just begun to let up; it was 60° this morning. I had to buy the stuff to repair the bathroom floor. The battery was at 12.3 V (it’s 12.6 charged). The tires were only 1-2 psi low; all the liquids were okay. I pumped the gas 3 times (I hadn’t driven since 2019 February 15, for the emissions test), pushed in the clutch pedal, turned the ignition key, the dash lights blinked, I heard 1 click, then nothing. It wouldn’t even click a second time. I put it in neutral, released the emergency brake, took out the key, pushed it about 6 feet back, now it cranked and started in less than a minute. What made the difference? I’ve had this experience before.
For the first few minutes I stalled out at every stop, as though the idle were too low, but after that it worked properly. What made the difference? I set the idle at book, 700.
'87 Toyota pickup, 5-speed manual, carbureted, Xtra-cab delux long-bed, camper shell, green power crystals and GL-7. 151,300 miles.
I last bought gas on 2017 November 18.
I bought some plywood for the floor underlayment. It’s 8 feet long, my pickup bed only 7, so I propped it against the gate. I put the vinyl tiles underneath, all the other supplies in the cab. When I got home the gate had fallen - 4 of the tiles had fallen out. I retraced the route on bicycle (a long stretch was on a 1-way road.) I found 1 a mile away, the other 3 5 miles away (the store was 6.) Despite having been driven over, they were all still good!