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It could either be the sending unit in the tank or the gauge itself that is bad.

Usually in older vehicles the sending unit gets worn and fails to deliver the signals that the tank is empty or full or just gets stuck in a certain position.

Your best bet is to get your hands on a Chilton or Haynes manual for your year truck and see how the gas tank comes apart (not an easy job) where more than likely the sending unit is. You can then remove the sending unit and replace it with a new one, probably can be had cheaply at an after-market parts store.

Or you can take apart the dash (not an easy job either) and test the leads on the gauge to see if that needs to be replaced.

Depending on how much work you are willing to do, you might want to just learn to estimate how much fuel your vehicle uses, even keep a notebook handy in your vehicle to track your miles after each fill-up and have a fuel can on hand in case you underestimate.

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