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.
I already have a K5, so why did I choose to buy this K30?
There are a few reasons:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 therefront axle kingpins may need work
-probably should bleed
-replaced hydroboost recently
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 itrear main seal starting to leak
-new clutch is in it
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 sockettailgate is not factory - it is pre1980
-rear lights are good
-blinkers work sometimes but other times just stay on
-one of the tailgate arms brokenbed 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 flywheeldriver's side tank has a hole in it
-f***ed up the ring gear
-sometimes it won't start, gotta pull back and start it again
-another shim may help? maybe not
engine oil is pretty fresh