Specifically the early ones.
I've been sorta looking for a smallish truck for a slow burn, multistage project. Mostly been looking at Rangers, because that's what I know.
A co-worker has a 1990 Dakota w/ the 5.2 V8 and automatic that I could get for essentially free, but it is currently not running. Their last diagnosis was that it had fuel pressure issues, but that was a year ago, give or take.
SC truck, so it's not terribly rusty, decent interior, didn't see any signs of rodent infestation in the engine bay. The wider frame than a Ranger or S-10 would make for an easier time doing the IRS swap on down the road (not planning heavy tow loads or anything more challenging than a gravel road, don't @ me bro).
So what glaring issues am I missing? What are the underlying problems likely to make me hate this truck and seriously question my sanity for doing this?
How's the aftermarket for non-engine stuff (since the drivetrain will be coming out eventually). How hard would a manual swap be, since it's an automatic now?
I've seen mention of needing "regular front end suspension maintenance" but what does that mean? Full bushing rebuilds at 60k? 100k? 30k shock life? It's all very vague.
TCL, lend me your hive mind!