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My grandfather has a 1988 3500 GMC TRUCK and about a month and a half ago it started to act weird. when he went to go start it, it would start and then it would act like it was flooding itself out, but it has a throttle-body.(NO CARB) So we checked everything possible and changed it. and it still is trying to do the same thing but not quite as bad. the only thing we haven't changed or checked is the governor. Someone told us that it might possibly have a vacuum leak. and now its starting to act crazy whenever it shifts. If anyone has any pointers PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell us what you think! We have asked 3 master licensed mechanics and had one work on it and NONE of them could figure it out! it blows out black smoke when you start it up when it acts like its flooded and the exhaust smells extremely RICH!!!

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