I'm finally letting someone else enjoy this old beauty. When I bought it, it had manual everything and I literally had to stand on the brakes to stop, muscle the steering wheel to take corners, all while shifting gears and doing hand signals for the turns. It overheated, drank oil, and bounced around sideways when I hit a bump in the road because it didn't have independent suspension.
Twenty years later it's as reliable as any elderly person on a cool morning and runs like a proud senior who has been loved and cared for.
First, let me say, this is a work truck! It doesn't just sit and collect dirt. I use it for hauling lumber, feed, hay, etc. Having said that, it does have some exterior cosmetic damage...paint chipped off in small areas. And I would probably get new tires.
I put in a brand new motor, straight out of the crate, thus the low mileage. It is automatic, has power brakes and steering. The parts, mechanically, are not original and some body parts have been replaced. I put in wooden planks in the bed and on the running boards, plus some wooden slates along the top rails of the bed. It now has independent suspension and drives easily. It has a trailer package with allows hook-ups with an emergency stop inside the cab.
The interior has a wooden steering wheel and a new instrument panel. I added turning indicators to pass the state inspection, not knowing that a vehicle this age doesn't require an inspection. I put on a bench seat cover, carpeted the floor, insulated the headliner, put on new sun visors, and it has a new motor for the wipers. The heater works. All electrical works fine. Both doors have a lightly padded covering with wooden strips holding it in place. Nice touch!