Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Steve asks: Lost job as a school teacher . . . wouldn’t ware a Face Diaper as a PE teacher and refused to make students wear Diapers . . . outside. So going back to painting carpentry I’ve done since grad school. Love your site!
My reply: Very sorry to hear you got the boot for showing your face but applaud you for taking a stand – and the consequences. You showed those kids an example some will recognize and admire. The effect of that is incalculable.
On the trucks: The good news is there were several compact-sized trucks made during that era which you can probably find today in decent shape for $5,000 or so. They are the Nissan Frontier and its Toyota rival, the “pickup” (it had no name). Both are sturdy little trucks capable of doing truck things, such as tow and plow and carry heavy loads. They also have/offer real-deal 4×4, and with manual locking hubs, too.
The bad news is they are hard to buy – precisely because they are so desirable. People who own them are reluctant to sell them. But if you are diligent – and prepared to jump on a find when you find it – you’ll succeed. I recommend having cash on hand and being ready to buy right now. Don’t dilly dally. If you come across an ad call the guy and make arrangements to see it immediately – and bring the money. If it checks out, buy the thing!
Speaking of 1500s: You may be able to find one for $5k or so but it will probably need work. Mechanical work is one thing. Body (and frame) work is another thing. It’s generally easier to swap in a new/rebuilt engine or transmission than it is to weld – or replace – a rotted frame. But if you know how to weld, that might be less an issue than replacing a tired engine.
Either way, practice due diligence. A truck from the ’90s is now almost an antique truck and rust/age do their things to old vehicles. And vehicles that have been carefully cared for and which are free of rust and haven’t got mechanical problems tend to be expensive.
I think your money will go a lot farther toward a compact-sized truck like the ’90s Frontier or its Toyota rival.
Hope this helps!
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