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As the sun fell and I mounted the rig for my first test drive some 7.5 miles to a buddy's house, so did my hopes of making it to Colorado with the junkyard engine. The fuel filter quickly filled with rusty scale and the level of smoke from the tailpipes was simply comical. About three miles from home on the return trip it started bucking, backfiring, and stalling. I limped it back home, but the engine burned 1.5 quarts of oil in its 15 miles of driving, the carburetor is a throwaway, the fuel tank needs to be rinsed, and the front-left brake really needs some attention. The Evil Truck wins this round, but I'll be back with more horsepower and a total disregard for its well-being.

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