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To be on the safe side, I would have a fire extinguisher nearby. And I’d wear a good pair of sneakers in case you need to run for your life.

If your truck is newer than that — say, 1980s vintage — then you will have some electronic equipment. In that case, you’ll need to unplug and/or remove anything with a printed circuit board before you send all that electricity through the vehicle.

All of that stuff is plugand play, so you should be able to just disconnect it and then reconnect it when you’re done. That stuff would include the electronic ignition components, the computer, if you have one, the radio, and maybe even the instrument cluster if it’s got a circuit board.

But other than that, get the right eye protection, and try not to set your car, your house or your hair on fire, and you should be fine, Ray. Best of luck.

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