The thermostat housing ear broke off, so I had to use a piece of pipe across 2 sticks of Allthread coming out of the original stat housing holes to keep it on; worked great!
Distributor shaft broke, or was it the timing chain? Either was only about $25 at NAPA. Was idling at a light and then nothing...
My seats were thrashed when I got it ($200 bucks from a friend who was ready to call the junk man), but the seat buns were still there, only the material was bad.
Awesome truck, started every freakin time (even in gear when I stalled it on a railroad track once; kept it in first, hit the starter (no clutch) and the gas and it leaped right off the tracks!)
Drove it to Canada from LA twice! Up and down the passes no problem with a small shell, downshift into 4th was the only issue on the grades. One spark related hiccup, but that was it on both trips, just a little cough.
Steering was a little loose, but not dangerous. The steering wheel is the perfect ergonomic position to rest your arm out the window and keep 2 fingers on the spoke; that's all you need to cruise straight.
Mine had a 5 speed conversion that had a DEEP 5th gear. I could do about 85 @ 1800 RPM. Never really gauged the gas mileage, but it didn't seem too bad.
Developed a serious oil leak from somewhere, never found it, just kept adding oil. Soon after I worked on the rockers and bent the valves putting them back on, duh! Sold to a junk man for $75 bucks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th April, 2013