Bought me a $1000 toy tonight.
1987 V10 with a 5.7 700r4 203 and That's all I bothered to look at this point.
It is scary rusted and painted camo.
I hate camo paint but know it turns everyone away and there are deals if you can look past it and all the rust.
It has a plow with one plow light and one headlight. The passenger fuel tank was hanging down. Thing was backed into something at one point so I had no drivers rear taillight. The drivers mirror was on the seat and the hood cable was broke so I will have fun with that later. Bumpers are there but they are krumpled a bit.
So a 2 in the looks department. It is still a square body style after all with a solid front axle and tbi.
The guy was firm that it only had 99K on it and I took that with a grain of salt. Thing looks stock and has the dual batteries/dual tank option to keep that thing fed and powered.
But you know what the thing fires up and is a strong engine, it holds great oil pressure with no horrible noises or smoke. Frame is good throughout no cracks or rust through. Everything seems to work or work better then it should and besides some plow controls the interior looks stock.
The guy put new exhaust on it and going down the road it is very quiet in the cab with a bit of sound from the vent window weatherstripping around 60. The 700 shifts like butter. The thing drives straight as an arrow steering is tight. It stops great with a slight pull on the front drivers caliper. Not horrible but something to look at.
Inside the truck over my 50 mile drive back to the house I was impressed and know it is a great start to a build that has the platform I want to build from. Square body look, simple tbi, mostly untouched drive train.
Outside the truck well, lets just say I don't need to worry about it getting stolen anytime soon. Can park up front and just let the soccer moms slam there doors into the thing no problem.
Here is my list for the next 2 weeks. To make it into a driver.
Hit it with a pressure washer and get rid of the dirt. I hate dirty rigs.
Needs a new hood latch cable.
I need to do all the lights/mirrior.
The transmission looks to have a leak out of the shifter or tv seal. I will just do those and the dipstick seals.
All fluids/filters, belts, and new strap for that fuel tank.
Oh and I need to roll on some Hamerlite paint to make the thing one color.
During the summer sometime;
Needs some new tires and weatherstripping.
New front leafs, and shocks.
Cab forward bodywork
Cab boat sides/floor work.
Truck box of some sort.
Not sure what I am doing with the bed. The bedsides are shot. Not flapping in the wind shot but several several hours of work shot. Would not be my first flatbed from scratch. But would also not be my first bed swap if one falls into my lap.
That's what I worked on tonight.