Reuse and Recycle – A “new” truck for under $500

WOW.  I have the greatest husband in the world!  He built me a new (new to me) truck.  We bought a pretty 1992 Chevy C-1500 2 wheel drive pickup which needed an engine and transmission.  The cab interior is pristine and the body is clean with very few marks or dents (there is a small dent in one door which can easily be fixed).  Then he bought a 4 wheel drive which wasn’t in such great shape, but had an engine and transmission.  He took the engine and transmission out of the other and swapped the beds (the original was a long bed, but I wanted the 4 wheel drive so we had to go with the short bed).  He also stripped both trucks as he was swapping and sold the extra parts.  It was a lot of work, but the end result is a true “diamond in the rough.”  The truck is very quiet, purrs like a kitten, and drives like a dream.  All it needs is a paint job (I have chosen midnight blue metallic with blue pearl ghost flames), a cap for the back (the dogs are going to love their new ride!), and a new grill kit (because once it’s painted that old grill just won’t cut it).  We have a practically brand new cap, which is just a hair too big and are hoping to trade with someone who needs a larger one and has the smaller one we need.  In the end, by swapping and reusing parts and selling parts not needed, the truck has paid for itself.  We may end up spending a few hundred dollars when all is said and done, as we can buy a new grill kit with headlights and parking lights cheaper than we can buy used parts to put the grill back together and make it look pretty.  That will be the only part we purchased new, and if that costs $200, then I have a perfect running, BEAUTIFUL pickup truck for $200.  It doesn’t get better than that!  It’s gonna be soooooooooo SWEET!  Later down the road I want to add a chrome brush guard and a winch so my pretty little truck can pull you out of the ditch!  It is wonderful to have a perfect running vehicle and NO CAR PAYMENTS!  I’ll have the sweetest ride in town and it’ll be paid for mostly in my husbands blood, sweat and a lot of swearing!  He has paid a price for it.  He tore up his elbow pretty good and although he doesn’t complain, I can see him wince when he tries to pick up something.  Hopefully now that it is together and running, his elbow will get a much needed break and heal.  I’ll post some pictures soon and then will post again after she is painted and pretty!  I’m so proud of my husband.  He can make so much out of what others consider junk.  He took two pickups that were not running, which most would have considered to be junk and made them into something incredible.  When was the last time you bought a perfectly running pickup truck for under $500?  It will actually be under $300 when all is said and done.  AMAZING!

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