1985 GMC Sierra 1500
It was a total rustbucket when I got it. My dad bought it to haul well water back in '96 or so and a few years later it began stumbling and dying as you drove it. We attempted to give it a tune-up (spark plugs, wires, air filter, fuel filter, etc...) but the fuel line had a kink in it and when replacing the fuel filter we must have split the metal fuel line up by the carburetor inlet. When we ran it after the tune-up it ran fine for about 15 seconds before the underhood burst into flames from the gasoline spilling onto the exhaust manifolds. Grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and there it sat for about 2 years. In 2000 I called up a shop in Sunnyland and had them tow it and re-wire the underhood and surprisingly it ran
However, it still had the stumbling and dying issue. I finally figured out it was the fuel pump that had gone bad so I bought a new one for it, installed it, and it ran great after that.
After my '94 Oldsmobile Achieva took a huge crap on me (2.3 Quad-four POS had a cracked head and eventually blew a rod at 54,000 miles) I cut my wrenching teeth on that old beater truck, fixing it, tuning the carburetor, installing a new cam, lifters, crankshaft, clutch, installed a Holley 390(?) 4 barrel carburetor, you name it. I also removed most of the emissions crap. There were vacuum lines galore always splitting, falling off, not sealing correctly, etc... It had a 4.3 V6 backed by a 4 speed manual transmission with a "granny" low gear. Ran great when I sold it for $600 to a guy I worked with at the time *sigh* It looked mostly like this:
Except it was just midnight blue, not two tone. With all of the work done to it and the Holley carburetor it was surprisingly quick, too. Beat a few ricers with it and buried the 85 mph speedometer a few times
Not bad for a beat up rustbucket truck.