My dad traded in his other truck (1970 1/2 ton short box) for this one in 1999 to be his daily driver/work truck (I was about 6 years old). The short box was too small and he needed something more reliable back then. It was bone stock with the factory 6.6L 400 / TH350 and NP203.
My dad later bought a newer dodge and the K20 ended up sitting around collecting dust. I always loved the body style and I always wanted the truck. We uncorked it and went to a local mud bog and I fell in love with offroading and it was all I wanted to do. When I was about 14 I ended up tearing into it one day (without dads permission) and we made it our father/son project.. My dad gave it to me to be my fist car. BEST GIFT EVER. I didnt want any of those new trucks anyway, no charactor.
I eventually met my wife because of the truck. She thought it was badass back when I was in highschool. Went on our first date in it and its been with us ever since. I never plan on selling it or getting rid of it. Someday, I hope to pass it on to my future kids (havent had any yet) assuming they will be into old shitboxes. lol
My goal with this truck is to make it a weekend warrior/relaiable and capable truck. I strive to keep it "retro" with the most simple stuff keepig computers to a minimum. Call me old school if you want, I know fuel injection in pretty much every way. I want to make it able to tow and go just about wherever I want. Maybe do some overlanding and drive across the greatest nation in the world AMERICA.