Originally Posted by PkTaco
Good luck. I wouldn't pay more then 2 grand shop time included.
I paid well over that including the shop bill, but it is still a steal. The truck runs great, using the eggshell mod gets me better mpg than the sticker says out on the highway. The bearings and clutch are tight, I did some suspension upgrades (timbrens, new shocks) and put on a good set of LT235-75-15s.
It is ready to rock and roll. It does not stumble or sputter. The bearings are in great shape judging by the way it will roll away on a slight grade if you do not set the brake or leave it in gear.
You may turn out to be right, but I have put 3,000 mi. on it in 6 weeks and taken a couple 500 mile round trips in it. I have hauled firewood and towed a boat. It is right, if my 40 years of driving/tinkering experience means anything. On the hiway it will creep up to 75 if I do not watch it. Still getting used to no cruise control for hiway driving.
The slime came off with a couple car washes, but I still have a kind of cloudy stuff on the hood I will buff out when the weather gets better. Headlights are yellowed badly but still serviceable.
In other words, it runs well and it needs some stuff fixed up. Just what I expected.
Another poster asked to see pics, but alas I never took any, and I am sorry. It was nasty looking and would make a great conversation piece. It had pretty good Bridgestone p225s on it when I bought it, that since it was in the shade were not cracked, but they cracked pretty quick once I started running it, so I replaced them.
I fully expect to get at least 100k out of this truck for just over 5k original cost including the shop work and upgrades.