The very first thing I had to replace was the steering box. It broke one night while I was getting gas.
The master cylinder was bad when I bought the truck, so I replaced it when I replaced the steering box.
I have replaced the heater core and the hoses.
I replaced the fan (alternator) belt.
I replaced the alternator because the bearing was going bad.
I replaced the water pump because it was making a grinding sound.
I replaced the voltage regulator because the battery was not charging.
It turns out the charging system wiring was bad, so I had a shop re-wire it. the bad wiring destroyed my new alternator. Hope I have the receipt...
I love this truck. It is a beast! It has absolutley no options except for heat and a radio and a sunroof. Nobody can easily drive this truck except me, (This includes the wife.) and even I have trouble sometimes.
It is yellow, (the paint is in great shape for its age.) and has orange work lights on the top of it.
My dad had them on his bronco, and took them off when he got laid off. My truck got broken into, (my fault for leaving the windows down) and my dad thought that if the lights were hooked to the door, they might alert someone to the truck being tampered with.
It has no:
4X4 Capability, something that is a must for a big truck in the snow.
Power steering, hard to drive if you're not use to it.
Power brakes, the truck also has drum brakes all around and of course no anti-lock. I hope I never have to stop on dime.
A/C, roll down the windows.
Automatic transmission, three on the tree baby! Just like grandpa.
No rear defroster.
This truck is bottom of the barrel. I love it. Less to break! There are still some things I have to do to it:
I have to replace the manual choke.
I have to replace the duct-work for the window defroster. why somebody would take the time to remove it, even for a repair and not replace it is beyond me.
I have to fix the gas gauge, it does not work. Fortuantly (unless I wreck) the gas tank is behind the seat so I can hear the gas sloshing around. when I can't hear it slosh, I get more gas.
At some point, the shifter was moved to the floor. the linkage is damaged and the throw is long, making it hard to shift.
The reverse lights and license plate light don't work, but I bet if I look, I can find the source of all the electrical problems.
I don't know if the motor is original to the truck, but it burns no oil, (or so little I can't tell, and I always change it at 3 months/3000 miles, whichever comes first.) and it purrs. this is by far the BEST thing about the truck. This motor will outlast the truck, and most likely me. If it were not for the loud exhaust, you could barely hear it run.
Overall, I would never trade this truck for a new truck, or car. I have talked about selling it a few times, but can't stand to part with it. plus the wife thinks it is good to have "in case we have to haul something." I have to say, I really do appreciate my old Ford truck.