This was my brothers last truck and a hoss of a truck. We grew up on a farm and played with heavy duty 4x4s from our teenage year on. We both had several thru the years mostly F250's and F350's.
Over the last couple of decades though we had both gone to more wimpy half tons and light 3/4's that better suited what we needed and what was better on fuel.
A few years ago he and I both had half ton 2wd trucks and went thru the worst winter that we had in years,so in the spring I went out and bought a 89 GMC light 3/4 ton 4x4 and a little late he found the truck pictured here. He knew it didn't really suit his needs and he was a very sensible guy but couldn't pass it up so he bought it. I think it reminded him of his 85 F350 4x4 460 4 speed truck that serious pulling family had bought new to pull with that he bought from them when they were done with it. That 85 was one wild truck. It looked stock and pulled in stock but believe me that truck would have eaten any stock truck.lol
Anyway my brother only had this truck about a year before he suddenly passed away. My brother and I were close and I'm a sentimental guy so I wanted the truck but knew his 15 year son wanted it so I left it alone.
Before my brother passed away the water pump started to drip a little and he decided to change it. He broke a bolt and before he got around to finishing it he passed. So While Jeremiah (my nephew) was at school a shady family member towed it to his house and "worked" on it. Before he was done he cut the motor mounts,removed the trans cross member,pulled the oil pan,and stripped the engine clear to the timing chain. Then the truck sat that way for a year.
Jeremiah started calling and messaging me about a week ago trying to get me to buy the truck. I told him I would love to have it but I couldn't afford it. But he kept on. I told him if he was going to sell it honestly I could sell it for him for more than double what I could give. Nope what I would give would be fine. In the end,him,his sisters and his mom didn't want the truck to go to anyone but me. So This truck has some family history.
It is a hoss as I said earlier. Dana 60 solid front axle,Sterling 10.25 rear axle,4:10 gears with rear limited slip,351W,C6,9,000 pound GVW. The truck sits like the F250 High Boy Fords of old,it really is a cool old rig.
So looks like this is my next big project. Its time to get the old truck back together. Maybe with a few mild mods like swapping to a overdrive trans,maybe go carb,maybe a good RV cam,headers,but I want to retain the bare bones,base truck,no frills,all business big hoss look.