I had been looking for an older truck for about 6 months now but really didn't get serious till last month. The 5 window was a favorite. This one showed up on Cragslist. I didn't want a total project this time but one I could enjoy a bit.
This one fit most of the bill. It was rust free, meticulously maintained, with a restoration in 2005 that had been done fairly well. New brakes,exhaust, interior decent, and the paint was okay from about 40 feet. It wouldn't run and the bed wood was missing.
So day one after getting it home, checking the timing, valves, carb, etc, I found an intake manifold gasket leak. This led me to your forums/site.
Today I replaced the intake manifold gasket with 2 gaskets from Napa after loosening the heat riser bolts per this forum's past threads. Now it's running like a top!
I wanted some music and enjoy listening to audio books or podcasts but truck is all original so no modifications allowed. I saw the custom radio offered but the 28 week wait and 800+ price made me come up with an interim plan of adding a cheap radio in the glove box and a couple of Pyle marine speakers in the lower cab rear corners.
I have to say the old "Hank williams Sr" and Patsy Cline crooning from the bluetooth connection to the phone sure sounded good.
Thanks for the information you guys share.
Lenny Dickson in Southern Vermont
PS, I wanted to post pictures but it appears I can't.