After getting the truck when I was 16 from my dad, I drove it like any 16-year-old would, like I stole it! But since it was mine, I put in a gas tank, fuel pump, axle bearing, axle shaft, a couple sets of spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, and rotor (basic tune-up), transmission shift-fork due to power-shifting, engine oil pan, shocks, u-joints, ball joints, and a thermostat.
The body, being exposed to northern Indiana weather, has rusted through in several spots. The interior is faded, but is in good overall repair.
This truck has been so abused by me and my father. I have taken it off-road several times, raced too many times, and have generally pushed the maintenance intervals. My father had the clutch smoking several times backing up wagons and trailers into our barn, but it hasn't burnt out yet. I can't keep a set of tires on it more than 20,000 miles because I just love hearing a tire beg for mercy and just press on the gas even harder. I've pulled a steel, two-horse trailer several thousand miles locally and it has done it without a problem.
I think the only thing that would make this truck perfect in my eye is if it were only 4 wheel drive.