Restore the 50 year old truck, sell it for top dollar on bringatrailer.com, then buy an existing truck.
You will be years and thousand$ ahead.
Here's a couple interesting "budget" truck builds.
We report, you decide.
My D-I-Y Class 8 Chevy
New Doherty Motorsports class 8
Note the time spanned in those threads.
BTW, what's your budget?
The trucks too far gone to be a restored truck and I’m not selling this thing as I’ve had it since I was 14.
Thanks for the input and from the sounds of it that truck just won’t work so I might just start restoring the old thing, or do something else with it.Are you going to race it? If you are, start with something more practical. Long bed is not great for wheelbase needs, Straight axle up front really sucks for wheel travel. And reality is, it will never be competitive in any class that allows 2wd. If your desire is to build something that works better in the dirt and can go kind of fast, you are OK. But as a racer, this will be a bottomless pit of never ending hell.
Haven’t really looked at a budget yet was thinking just in cage work I’d be around $3200 or moreAuction it anyway. Along with the cab, or separately, it's a popular era model (67-72).
You don't want a garage queen.
Again, what's your budget?
BTW, 11 years is but a moment to an old like me. I have socks older than that. I can't help but think of the 5-year-old interviewed on TV: "I've never seen anything like it IN MY WHOLE LIFE!"
ya too bad I’ve got a tow rig maybe ls swap and 2wd convert it?Restore or resto-mod the thing. A late model drive train (read l.s. or 8.1) nice axles and some off road design springs with decent shocks would make a really nice driver that you can enjoy year round and still do some moderate wheeling and make a badass tow rig for the toys.