This is the best truck I could have ever bought, my 2nd truck ever, and I wish it was my first.
I brought it off an older guy for $125 because it wasn't running and burning oil. The doors would not close properly, the seat was ripped, brakes were shot, interior was filled with garbage and looked like someone just poured pop or coffee all over the gray dash and let it dry. The stock am radio didn't have an antenna, so that didn't work.
So what do you do when you have a truck like that, work on it on your free time.. 3 months passed and I hadn't touched it, finally my underpowered 89' Mazda B2200 blew the head gasket, I could finally get rid of it and work on my Chevy, took me about a week to fix it up, figured out the firing order was wrong and it started right up. I was told it was sitting for 3 years before that, tossed in new doorpins so easy the doors finally closed properly (one door pin was left in each door before I changed them and the bushings were gone, still kinda of closed tho)
Then figured out that the burning oil was really just a leaking valve cover gasket onto the exhaust manifold, so I replaced those and cleaned them up. Still ran pretty rough at idle tho so I cleaned and re-oiled the K&N air filter that was on there and it helped, but still needed a bit more so I changed the spark plug wires, plug and cap and rotor. Started it up and it was perfect, so changed the oil and filter.
Then the interior, sprayed it down with spray nine and armour-all and tossed on a seat cover and air freshener, and it was good as new. Tossed in a new deck, antenna, amp and sub with the new speakers, and it was really looking good.
I'll tell you what, I spent about $600 in those first 2 weeks on it because I did all the work myself, and I don't regret it for a second. It is all about the maintenance, if you grease the front end, keep checking of your levels (oil, rad, trans), you do your oil changes, and keep your air filter clean, this truck will last forever.
The 4.3 engine is great on gas and has enough power to get where you need to go pretty fast. The truck is just amazingly solid, lots of room to work under the hood, paint is amazing still after all the years it has on it, just keep waxing it.
After all this tho, I am still going to sell it, but only to drive my 92' GMC c1500 with a 4.3 L and auto trans, wish it had a Chevy bowtie on the front, but they are still twins.. Next project 1971 Chevy C10.