Interesting info about the batteries and rust. This truck is the oldest vehicle I've owned so far, so now I'll be more observant in the future.
You're right about letting sentiments clouding my judgement. I'll continue to stick with the original plan and get the truck smoged and then keep driving it 'til it sells. The truck continues to remain useful as it is, bit I am thinking ahead about my future plans as well, which is where the diesel comes in.
Honestly, I haven't really tried the 4wd feature while driving. At first, the shifter wouldn't budge. Then when it did, it kept popping out. Finally figured out it was related to the manual locking hubs. I'll give it another try before posting it for sale.