picked this up the other day. was told before flying a thousand miles to pick it up that it was solid and ready to "make it cross country".
was hoping to get in and just drive for the summer and fix up what I want over the winter....lol.....
being I was cutting it close(ended up having 15 min to spare after hitting traffic) with catching the auto train the most I had time for was making sure the body was rot free as described and that it was running decently.
on the way home: yeah humming wheel bearing and faulty radio, puffin a bit of blue smoke at stop lights. no biggie still ran like a champ and had minimal rust and almost 0 rot for a 30+ year truck.
65mph+ I would get a shake in the wheel, eh wheels are probably out of balance. I'll just slap the snowflakes on when I get home and diagnose from there. by the time I get home and get on some bumpy NY back roads I feel the steering rack slapping around. slap the snowflakes on, take a highway run, yup...steering rack. carefully drive to work te next 2 days before finally getting it on a lift and properly diagnosing.
-bottom bolts on the brand new coilovers were stripped....in there....but stripped. what chu know bout dat ever-vary hellaflush camber kit?
-steering rack is toast, still safely drivable, but toast.
-drivers side tie rod was lose enough to adjust by hand.
-wheel bearing was able to be separated by hand and the new bearing slipped over the old hub by hand....yeah let's order a new hub too.
-the radio.....THE RADIO LOL! I'll get pictures up tomorrow/saturday of everything but words can't describe what's wrong with the radio so you'll have to sit tight.
will be making another list or two regarding the interior and paint but this is my initial shakedown of the thing. didn't think id have enough work to be worth making a thread about till at least fall but seems we're getting a jump start on her whether I like it or not lol.
by the third day, after getting some oil flowing, the smoke cleared up a good amount. still burns a little oil but not as bad. a rebuild/swap is in order after the exterior gets squared away.