We've also got one of these kicking around:
(Except it's dark orange, not Granny Green.)
1974 D200, 225 Slant Six, 3/4 ton, 8' bed, 4 speed manual (1st gear is almost a crawler), 4.1:1 Dayna 60 in the rear, Roadmaster AM/FM stereo cassette. Two new rear tires, but it needs a lot of work, as it hasn't been on the road in almost 21 years:
- Both the driver and passenger side floors are very rotten, some really big holes
- Rear brakes haven't worked since before Clinton took office
- Wheel arches and rear portions of front fenders are rusty/patched
- Exhaust gasket needs to be replaced; you can feel exhaust beat out from around it on the back cylinder
- Miscellaneous electrical issues, mostly "clean the corrosion off, blow on it, reassemble, hope the power light doesn't blink" type fixes.
- Mice love the seat and heater box
- Weatherstripping is basically shot due to exposure
- The passenger side is pretty thrashed. Our theory is it slid into a tree at some point. There's no passenger side mirror, the whole door skin is mangled (basically the door isn't salvageable), the cab corner's bent up, and it has a 12" by 8" by 4" deep dent in the front of the bed.
- The bottom of the radiator core support is pretty much gone; there's a disturbing amount of big, rusted-off chunks of it sitting in the crossmember.
But despite all that it starts and runs like new every time, and we just used it to pull a couple trees down a couple weeks ago. 88k miles. I *really* want to do something with it, but money's an issue. (More specifically, a lack thereof.) So for now I try to maintain the status quo and do cheap fixes. (For example, sanding surface rust and hitting it with heavy rust primer, fixing electrical contacts, and experimenting with different secondhand light bulbs until I find a combination that completely works. (The glove box is full of random marker and tail lights that may or may not work.)