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Old January 27th, 2019, 05:09 AM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

Glad to see your mileage improve. After a super-tune on my '66 305, I got 15 1/2 Hi-way.

Even though many like Holley's I had no problems with my original. I would always adjust it to the Highest Vacuum that I could get out of it. Also what kind of Muffler are you running? V-6's love to breathe. I always ran a Straight-Thru on mine.
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Old January 27th, 2019, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

I'm using a Flowmaster 942040.
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Old January 27th, 2019, 11:07 PM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

Mine has the stock exhaust system, 2 into one with a muffler.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 12:23 AM
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Mine has the stock exhaust system, 2 into one with a muffler.
Is the Muffler the original GMC V-6 type? There is a chance that it won't be because they have been dis-continued for many years now. I wouldn't run anything less than a Straight-Thru. A Cherry Bomb now made by Thrush is a good replacement. As mentioned earlier it's very important for these engines to breathe and to get the Mileage that they should be achieving.
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Drove and owned many, but some of the more interesting ones were:

-'60 GMC 2500 Dump, 305 V-6
-'62 GMC 4000 Flatbed, 305 V-6
-'62 GMC 6500 Flatbed Dump, 478 V-6
-'67 GMC 7500 Box, 6V-53 Detroit
-'71 GMC 9500 Flatbed Dump, 637 V-8
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Old January 28th, 2019, 05:43 AM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

It could be the original muffler. The truck had 67K on it when I got it. When I opened up the top end to check out why it didn't run, the heads and inside the valve covers were really clean. I found 3 exhaust push rods laying loose. I pulled apart the the intake to check the lifters. A friend of mine got it as a non runner about 6 years prior from a bee keeper friend.
Dual exhaust would be nice, haven't priced what that would cost. Not sure if I would like noisy exhaust though, rather have something quieter.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

For mufflers there are other straight through designs like Magnaflow, they say the longer the muffler the quieter with this design.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 02:31 PM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

Since we are talking about mileage, what are the correct plugs for a 305D motor? When I go to Rock Auto I see either 3/8" reach or 3/4" reach. My Motors manual says C44S for a plug, but it just list the E motor. I remember there was a reach change somewhere in that era, but am unsure which motor takes what reach.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 02:48 PM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

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Not sure if I would like noisy exhaust though, rather have something quieter.
These trucks were a little loud from the factory, but as long as you run the Exhaust all the way to the back with a factory type or custom Tail Pipe, it shouldn't be too noisy for you.

If you don't like noise, you would not have liked my '62 6500 with the 478 V-6. It had factory Duals, factory Straight-Thru Mufflers and they ended underneath just a little passed the cab. Especially so with a full load going uphill, lol.

We would carry 20,000 routinely.
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Drove and owned many, but some of the more interesting ones were:

-'60 GMC 2500 Dump, 305 V-6
-'62 GMC 4000 Flatbed, 305 V-6
-'62 GMC 6500 Flatbed Dump, 478 V-6
-'67 GMC 7500 Box, 6V-53 Detroit
-'71 GMC 9500 Flatbed Dump, 637 V-8
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Old January 28th, 2019, 06:37 PM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

Jagarra, I would pull a plug and see what length it is and replace accordingly.
You wouldn't want to replace a short reach plug with a long reach due to the carbon build up on the lower threads.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 11:11 PM
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Default Re: Terrible gas mileage,

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Since we are talking about mileage, what are the correct plugs for a 305D motor? When I go to Rock Auto I see either 3/8" reach or 3/4" reach. My Motors manual says C44S for a plug, but it just list the E motor. I remember there was a reach change somewhere in that era, but am unsure which motor takes what reach.
There is two styles of heads you can have. Looking at the sparkplug hole if you see threads at the top of the hole it is short reach plug. If it is down lower into the head it a long reach plug. Beware it is possible to have both style on an engine. I have an engine that has both style of heads.
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