I'm literally losing my touch. Years past this job was within my skill set. Dropping things and less sensitivity means I could (would) create more problems. Best to suck it up and pay for expertise.
For the same reasons, the carb is off to a rebuild specialist.
Upon return I will probably use the same mechanic to install it.
Why spend $800 or so on a 1986 truck with 171K? No way the truck is worth much on the open market. I'm doing it because (1) I can (2) I like the truck and (3) it has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.
The truck won't pass emissions. Years of ethanol added gasoline has finally eaten the rubber guts. I can scofflaw register it at a country address outside the emissions area and save the expense. Penny wise and pound foolish, IMO. Leaves me open to the "authorities", which, given my big mouth, is always a consideration.
Our extended family has a private cemetery on an old family homestead in Northwest (Moffat County) Colorado. My sister expects me to precede her in death, and plans to bury me in "Maxine".
This is my third Mighty Max, and my sister has named each of them with a name starting with "M".