1986 K30 - Rapid Learning

  • Well, nearly all of the background information behind my acquisition of this truck can be found in this thread:

    Big thanks to @Bowtiek10 for posting the truck. I wouldn't have it if it weren't for him. Big thanks to the rest of CK5 for pushing me toward buying it. :D

    I already have a K5, so why did I choose to buy this K30?

    There are a few reasons:
    1. I bought my K5 for snowboarding trips and to learn more about wrenching on vehicles... it works fine for snowboarding but it never needed anything major done to it. It's plenty capable and reliable as is. This K30 has real problems that must be addressed, so I'm excited to tackle those and grow my skills.
    2. The K30 can carry a large camper, which goes back to snowboarding. Once it is solid I should be able to drive up to the mountain after work on a Friday and sleep in the truck. Miss all that Denver Saturday-morning mountain traffic.
    3. This transaction more or less forces me to sell my first car, a Mitsubishi 3000GT. I have known that I should let that thing go for a while now, but I have been clinging to it because of sentimental value. It will be hard, but I think selling it will force me to grow a little bit as a person.
    4. This K30 is just so cool to me. I kept thinking about it and checking to see if it was sold about once a week. It was still up for sale, week after week. I eventually decided to just go for it.
    The truck is stock. The config is 454 / SM465 / NP205 / D60 / 14B FF. I can't believe I own a truck like this - a stupid grin comes up on my face just thinking about it.

    It has a whole laundry list of issues. Below are rough notes I compiled from talking with the seller. My plan is just to address every issue one at a time. Cross your fingers for me.

    needs new tires
    should do wheel bearings
    squeal in front brakes
    -nothing urgent there
    -probably should bleed
    -replaced hydroboost recently​
    front axle kingpins may need work
    has new front shocks
    has new front steering stabilizer
    tie rod ends seem to be good, but haven't been changed or greased
    axle/diff fluid changed recently
    drive shaft u-joints are new
    transfer case is good. difficult to get into / out of 4wd sometimes.
    transmission should be good other than popping out of second consistently
    -new bearings are in it
    -new clutch is in it​
    rear main seal starting to leak
    carb is new, hasn't been tuned
    needs air pump for emissions
    needs cats for emissions
    steering box is good
    steering column is non-factory
    water pump and hoses and radiator and fan clutch replaced recently
    watch the heater core, may have a leak. fixed itself?
    seat is worn out, cover is good
    buy a new dash pad for it - no dash pad right now
    floor pan hole driver's side
    driver's window needs replaced
    passenger window won't roll up or down
    passenger door panel is in the truck bed
    gas gauge doesn't work
    vents just blow air everywhere, there is no air flow control
    lights are okay, headlights are okay
    -front passenger marker light doesn't work - not the bulb it's the socket
    -rear lights are good
    -blinkers work sometimes but other times just stay on​
    tailgate is not factory - it is pre1980
    -one of the tailgate arms broken​
    bed not rusted out, decent shape
    starter is new-ish, but sometimes it will grind when starting the engine
    -he got starter shims for it, but there is damage to flywheel
    -f***ed up the ring gear
    -sometimes it won't start, gotta pull back and start it again
    -another shim may help? maybe not​
    driver's side tank has a hole in it
    engine oil is pretty fresh
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    D60 / 14B FF
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