A Little Info
This pickup has been in my family for quite a few years as my fathers work pickup. In June of 2010, my father lost his battle with cancer and passed away. This was one pickup that he loved and you could tell that because it was his work pickup(he was a mechanic) and he would use it for service calls in the middle of fields, yet he kept it looking like new. He always had covers on the seats so they didn't get greasy, he just had a great respect for any vehicle and could fix just about anything. My step mom was going to trade this off on a brand new car and i could just not see it go, so i purchased it from her.
Once I bought it i wasn't sure what i was going to do with it, but i just had to keep it from being traded in. The chassis has a little over 200,000 miles but the engine and transmission both were replaced within the last 20,000 miles or so. The first thing that i did was get my hand controls that were previously in my old ford ranger, and put them in this pickup. The mounting was a little bit different on those hand controls from what i needed because they were for a ford steering column, so i had some extra brackets welded to the controls and they now fit just fine. Once that was said and done, i was able to drive it arround and realized how much nicer it was to have a fullsize pickup vs an s10. I decided that i was going to use this as my daily driver, so to make it easier for me to get in and out i added an extra grab handle above the drivers door, in the same position that the passenger side handle is. I knew that a stock handle would not hold my weight, so the handle i used was from the hood of a semi that was used to pull the hood open. It has been about 6 months since i installed the handle and so far it has held up to daily use.
After driving it for about a week i realized that the stock stereo system was not going to cut it. I ordered myself a Clarion CZ-500 CD/MP3/Bluetooth/Ipod deck, 4 Infinity speakers, 850W Soundstorm Amp, 10" underseat sub enclosure and a wiring kit. I had a 10" Sony xplod subwoofer that i used so i did not need to purchase that. I installed the entire stereo system myself, all 4 speakers, cd deck, subs, amp, everything. It took me a whole weekend to replace everything as it was a bit difficult to get my big ass to the backseat, but i was determined to do it myself and i did it! It was a big accomplishment to be able to do it all on my own, and my hard work paid off because the system sounds great for the money that i have into it. Another modification that i made, this time visual, was to take the toolbox's off of the bed. They were perfect for my dad being a mechanic, but i just did not like the way that they looked. Other than removing the toolbox's, the pickup looks exactly like it does in the picture.