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Old February 21st, 2016, 09:54 AM
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Smoking, newbie panic, member thank you

It was warm enough yesterday for a quick jaunt in the truck. After about a mile, smoke starts billowing out of the passenger side floor. I am still learning the layout of things on this truck, but remember the gas tanks are under the passenger seats, so I unbuckle the belt (for a potential quick exit) and get to the nearest parking lot (about 500').

I text the only 2 forum members who I have cell phone numbers for to determine if it is safe to drive the truck home. My fears ... (1) I wind up as crispy bacon and (2) future forum members will pick the carcass of this ROW 90 apart for cheap parts (after the insurance settlement). I go into the local Lowes hardware to kill some time and to buy a flashlight. I run into a old friend who I've not seen in a while we catch-up ... the entire time (20 mins.), I'm wondering if the truck is ignited in the lot. I am reasonably relaxed, because of the insurance policy.

Brewie212 thanks for the call, I promise future pings only if I believe my life hangs in the balance. The truck made it home fine and what ever fluid "needed burning off" seemed to have occurred while the truck sat in the parking lot.

I've snapped a few pictures of the parts under the truck that look suspect to this noob:
(1) picture 1 - looks like a worm hanging down, some type of seal mucho dark matter spewed on the aluminum looking part nearby.
(2) picture 2 - a hose that goes to somewhere is rotted, but I don't see any fluid splattering near this hose. I have checked the transmission, oil, brake and PS and don't see measurable low levels of fluid in these systems.

Other pictures where I noticed leaks or fluid active have been uploaded. Other notable information:
-I had not driven the truck in 6-weeks
-The weather turned, so I expect some weeping per what I've seen in trolling this forum

Any ideas, help would be appreciated.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 10:16 AM
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Looks like a V8 with automatic.
When it's running you need to look underneath or get it on a lift so you can see exactly what is happening anything less is just subjective guesswork.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 10:26 AM
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Yes... And perhaps provide information such as what model vehicle, what engine, what year.... I can't find the crystal ball this morning.

Probably just one of the many leak burning off on the exhaust, but who knows.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 10:27 AM
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What did the smoke smell like? Electrics? Sweet like trans fluid?
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Old February 21st, 2016, 11:07 AM
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I started the truck after the pictures were taken and no noticeable leak (or smoke) after 5 minutes of run time. I appreciate the advice and expected that observing the pics and very little information I can provide will mean a trip to the shop is in order.

The truck is an 1985 ROW 90 that has a 3.9 V8 and VFHP22 auto transmission. I did not get a sense if the smell was sweet, but was definitely not electronics burning (from the burning smell and post issue inspection).
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Old February 21st, 2016, 11:52 AM
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The exhaust will not get hot enough to burn oil when idling. You need to drive it. The pictures show a lot of leaks.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 12:50 PM
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Will take a ride and see what transpires. Thanks for the advice.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 01:02 PM
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The exhaust will not get hot enough to burn oil when idling. You need to drive it. The pictures show a lot of leaks.
It will on a V8 if it is dripping near the downpipes or manifolds. Wind might have just blown it to one side.
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