went in to grab some stuff to do the easy partsof my yearly maintenaince on the truck...
--- nobody carries champion truck plugs anymore... have to order them offline with a 7 day wait before they show up... so i got the dog **** worth bosch platinum's for 2 bucks each ... they'll knock within a week or two, and i'll have bosch buy themback as per their guarantee, long enough to get my champions in the mail.
... plugs i pulled out are BLACK as sin. looks a bit scary.
--- figured out what's filling my throttle body with junk... bad air cleaner design. it's sucking air from an area between two fender panels of which are packed with rustproofing now (rust = bad, so i kill it before it is born), and the whole assembly was loose and sucking air in from where the mounts to the TB... so i ripped it out... bought a 30 dollar round air cleaner old school style, and then i MADE that sucker fit. had to bend up some threaded rod to get a pin in the middle but it worked.
--- found out nobody makes a rear end gasket for my truck either, so rtv silicone here i come.
--- had a 10 minute "no, i'm right" conversation with the counter moron at PB.
--- realized how absolutely filthy the engine compartment is, thus i am vowed to get a steam clean or something asap.
... k i'm done whining...