The 93 currently has a broken driveshaft and it has been broken for a few thousand miles now, A/C does not work(I can roll windows down), fixed a split bypass hose, and the tires are more like racing slicks, my father got it for $1,000 for my birthday. We already have everything to fix it except tires and other small things. It does have a manual, I personally hate automatics. I will always go stick. It actually did a good job moving a couple of 1ish ton loads of wood in the front yard to the back in the granny gear, however, the rear axle and frame were getting too friendly. Any more power and I would fry what's left of its tires that are showing bands. I am debating if I should put 30-inch offroad tires on and cut the fenders back a little and put a roll bar, bucket seats, and 5 point harness in.It is a good truck that is easy to work on.
The 2.6 is a good engine. Not a powerhouse but will move you down the road.
Parts are fairly cheap and most of the engine work can be done with the engine in the truck.
If it has a stick(I would not run a auto) and a good frame drive it until the frame goes or you hit something. The thing drives like a truck and if you treat it like a 1/4 ton just keep up service then it will last you a long time.
If I found a high mileage one right now. I would do a headgasket, timing chain, exhaust gaskets (inspecting the manifold/fixing) and inspect the front suspension arms for rust. Then just do a refresh with new coils, plugs, and clean all the sensors/throttlebody.
All the above should be able to be done with the engine installed for less then $350, a bit of tech watching videos, and renting/borrowing tools.
Sounds good, thank you.Well then fix the driveshaft run a street tire with deep tread. Winter tires are a good option if you don't do alot of miles.
Lets say $80 a tire and they are often a soft compound meant for cleaning out fast. Both good on rocks, woods, and in the mud. Drop a few psi and they can be good in the sand.
A roll bar is always a good idea. But the buckets and 5 point can wait.
I would get some safe rubber and a good driveshaft under the truck before doing anything else.