We purchased this vehicle new to go with our new travel trailer and for our trips from AZ to MT. This does not pull as well with a manual transmission as it would have had we found one with an automatic tranny. With less than 2500 miles the transmission went out and since there were no rebuilds yet the mechanic had to do all the work himself. Caused by owner not tightening transmission fluid check thing tight enough! Then began the real issues. The ignition switch went out four times prior to our installing a manual starter button. This vehicle has has numerous body issues, little things like the bed becoming dis connected from the truck. We used this truck until 2005 for hauling wood and farm work after we felt it was not a good road vehicle any more. Then we gave it to my brother who had to put yet another transmission into it as well as rebuilding the front and rear ends. We did provide this vehicle with good maintenance and repairs as needed it just did not hold up well with having to use 4x4 on most days to get us back up the mountain. AND it does horrid in the snow!
If you are mechanically inclined, it's a great work truck or even a low cost restoration project vehicle. Aging trucks need attention but DIY repairs are relatively cheap compared to new trucks and easy to work on. Not a lot of technical diagnostics needed. On the other hand, higher tech vehicles now have may safety enhanced features not found on older vehicles. But no emissions testing allows for upgrades and modifications without the worry of setting off the check engine light. Finally, the Antique status, rarity and classic look evokes many a nostalgic memories. It feels good to drive something that others wish they had without spending an obscene amount of money.
25 year old truck, starts instantly. Still strong and has a long bed. Everything still works inside, had to trade out seats with a donor f150. Bench seats are the best! Fine patina of rust, I'll fix the bad spots and clear coat it. Replaced bearings in back hubs, heater fan relay. Just a bunch of piddling stuff.