Advice or Opinion..
Let me set up the story. Way back in 1984 I got my first vehicle, a 1978 F150 4x4. Over the years, I put many miles on the truck, and it's shape went downhill slowly. Raising a family came before keeping up the look on my truck. To describe it, the truck has some rust on the hood, roof, and some bad spots behind the rear tires, and the back of the cab. I spoke with a body shop today, and they think it could run approx $3000 to get the body back to new, and some fresh paint. The engine is good, but could probably use a little work. The AC worked up until about two years ago when I had a local mechanic change the exhaust manifold gaskets. A couple of broken bolts, and a lot of down time and I got my truck back with the AC disconnected, and the compressor in the bed. I was pissed to say the least. Anyway, the heater core is also leaking, so that's bypassed right now. It could probably use some seals on the front drive train, and things like new shocks, tires, and rims to complete the package. I think by now, I am getting the idea across. Here's my dilemma though. It's a good truck as far as sturdiness goes. God knows I have put it through some ****.
Would you fix the truck, or just sell it, and go buy something a little more closer to this century? While I don't have a pile of money laying around, I think I could qualify for a new(er) truck after I purchase my house, or I could hold out a while and get my 2005 Mustang. It's a dilemma I have been avoiding for years now, and is almost a little upsetting to have to make a decision on, since I am quite attached to my truck. I've got a lot of memories wrapped up in that truck, but I think it might take too much money to fix back up, and frankly question whether I could ever really get it back in top condition. What would you do? If pictures would make a difference in your answer, maybe I can post some tomorrow after work.
It's really hit home since I managed to wreck our minivan this week (pardon the pun). I ended up slamming into the back of someone as traffic came to an abrupt stop and I didn't. Realizing that 1. it's just a vehicle, and 2. a wreck is just a blink away, really makes me wonder if I am putting too much attachment to a hunk of metal. I also wonder if I should keep the old truck, since a new one is virtually impossible for a shadetree mechanic to work on. I just keep bouncing back and forth with reasons...