So a month ago I bought this 1998 Chevy K1500 pickup truck from an old man lives near me. Truck has 190,000 miles but the good ole 350 Chevy motor still has lots of life left. She wasn't running very good and leaked a quart of power steering fluid a week. The front seal on pump was bad as well as a leaking pressure line. Quite the mess under the hood. The motor was running smooth up to 3,000rpms and then it was like it hit a governor too. So I replaced the power steering system, new pulley, new belt tensioner and belt, plugs, wires, oil change, coolant flush and found a vacuum leak that requires a new hose. All said and done, she is running strong and clean, not a drip!
The old man was pretty rough on the interior too, it smelled like 100 old cigarettes. So I ripped out the interior, carpet and all. Rhino lined the floor, scrubbed everything with degreaser and then painted the interior! Lol!
Being a Chevy truck, it had some nice rust too. The drivers side can literally had a 10" hole. So I cut out all the rust, grinded it down real good and then riveted a piece of sheet metal in place (don't have a welder). Grinded down the rivets and feathered with Bondo. Of course now I had to paint, so of course, redneck engineering prevailed! It's fun having a beater project vehicle, the possibilities are endless and nothing has to be perfect! I'm not sure how much money or time I'll put into it, the undercarriage is rusted pretty bad and it needs a whole new suspension. Guy hit a deer and the front bumper is bent and fender dented. I may just put a 6" suspension lift, 35" tires with new wheels, replace the front fender and bumper too. I don't know..it's hard to decided whether the truck is worth the investment.