Got it running on Monday. The timing belt had skipped on one of the cam gears. And the fuel lines had been installed backwards by the previous owner when they were trying to fix it. Unfortunately, when the timing belt skipped on the cam gear it bent the valves on one of the cylinders. So I am pulling the motor now in order to rebuild the head. Much better than having to buy a new motor though!
Got the truck running friday night. Then Saturday, I put tires on some wheels that i like, put them on the car, pulled the seats out, vacuumed out 30 years of gnarlyness, finagled the throttle pedal and throttle cable back together which was surprisingly difficult, got the broken tailgate to open and removed it, put my seat in it, stole my subaru’s battery to get it running again, and finally drove it to the car wash to spruce it up a touch. While driving to the car wash, a mere three blocks away, I discovered: the brakes are scarry to drive worthless, there is a LARGE oil leak, the alternator is not charging the battery, the passenger door doesn’t open from the outside, the steering wheel is gross, the rearview mirror fell off, and there are some serious suspension issues. I really like this truck.
A customer brought a rabbit truck into the shop, after looking into the car we gave them an estimate for repairs. Problem is the estimate was big, it needs a lot. So, I offered to buy the truck off of them. They accepted. This truck is sweet because it has a title! And a diesel motor which, when i get it in good running condition, should be good for 50mpg.
Salta Motorsports gave me a job offer - HOLY SHIT!