Pride of Ownership...
...countinued from my other thread...
Soon I will post pics of my 83 GMC. It's been in the family exactly as long as I have, my dad ordered it new January of '83, right after I was born. It has faithfully served my father for 17 yrs, until I got it from him when I was 17. It has been up and down so many fields it is unbeleivable (400,000 mi.) It has been one venerable farm truck. The original 350 was turned asside at about 250,000 miles. During that period my dad was working for a large local farmming outfit, they kept him in engines until he found the current 400 small-block. That truck went through about 4-5 engines, cheapies the company bought that said "Hecho en Mexico" on the crates. They were something between a 305-350 I think. Absolute POS motors. Asside from the engine I recently put Warn Premium Hubs on it after the Automatic ones dried up (it was parked for 2 yrs). Get this, I still have the original spare tire and wheel in the back to this day, never used, its a 215/85/R16, one skinny tire. It's things like that that make me proud to own a GM. My dad taught me the right way to take care of a vehicle, at 2,000 miles rarely more than, it gets serviced, oil change, and lube. If you do the math that's over 200 oil changes on that pickup.
Total parts that I can think of that aren't original:
Engine & Clutch
Adapter between tranny/t-case
brakes & shocks
Carpeting, and seat's been recovered, just two yrs ago
AC Pump & Canister
Speedometer, it's on it's third
Unless there's some more little bity things long time ago, that I don't know about, that's pretty much it.
Oh yeah, and my dad had a big f**kin oops one day, it was on a beaver-tail semi trailer one day, the kind you've got to raise the tail up on to release the lock, then you can fully lower it, the phone rang and he ran to get it as he was lowering it. It was still almost all the way up when he returned, but forgot to finish lowering it and started to back it off, and bent the rear driveline as it rolled off the end of the trailer. I could hear the cussing from the next county. But everything has thus far been a Genuine GM Replacement, except for my WARN hubs.