Well my problem with the battery in the truck not charging has been fixed now. After having the alternator checked, the wiring all tracked and checked, it turns out the problem was the regulator. As luck would have it, when I bought this rig it came with a box of 'stuff' which looked like a lot of junk. In there was another regulator and when the guys tried it, it worked. So with the new regulator in place, I took her for a run and she did well, charging the battery. But after about 5 klm she began lugging, starving for gas. So home we went and looked at the gas filter...it was filthy, clogged up with rusty gas. On goes a new gas filter and the next step now is to have the tank cleaned out and at the same time the gas gage (which doesn't work) replaced.
Since I have about a $100.00 worth of gas in the tank, it was suggested I just keep running her till she's empty. They say it shouldn't hurt the motor, which everyone keeps telling me is extremely reliable. One person told me there was likely water in the tank and to use this additive...but we got interrupted so I didn't get the name of it yet. I'll be going down today to finish our chat and see what he had suggested.
All in all I still feel so lucky that the issues seem to be small things...so far...lol.
Hey any suggestions or ideas are very welcomed.