I have a shot at a '90 half ton stepside Chevy, or a '96 Dodge half ton. Both 4x4, both have smaller beds than I wanted. The Chevy is an old but fine looking truck, mileage over 100k, little annoyances like dirty window switches and nuisance things. The Dodge is newer and nice (in pictures) looking, but has 190k, and probably a blown transfer case. I talked the Dodge down yesterday to $2000 without seeing it yet. He said then it was a 2wd, and something about a grinding noise when it drives, too. I was thinking at best worn pads, worst, worn gears, but I'd see when I got there. He called me today and said it turns out it's 4 wheel drive and the grinding is the transfer case, it's shot and the truck only operates in 2wd. He said it's a $500 fix (I'm sure any tranny shop will call it a $1000 fix minimum). Anyone know anything about these xfer cases? Is it an absolute bear to swap out myself on jack stands, or any specifics I should look for that might indicate whether it's an easy fix or a full blown rebuild? Any tips in general on this truck would be appreciated, too. I would really want to fix it, finally getting back to a 4wd and not having it work is like dangling a dripping canteen in front of a guy in a desert... I was thinking at first I'd have to jump on the price, but I'm seeing these Dodge trucks in this price range more and more lately, so I'm trying to fight the idea that I have to rush out and get it before someone else does... Maybe when I see it I'll offer him $1500 cash on the spot and get it in my head to be able to walk away. I'm thinking I don't want this truck with that mileage and a headache already on it anyway. Yeah, I think I'm settled on that. The stepside is really nice looking and it looks zippier and tidy-er to drive, way less bulk than the Dodge. I will probably have to make whatever I get be my daily driver (not a big deal, I put 4000 miles on my car last year), so I want to be comfortable and able to park it at a train station with tight spots sometimes.