My wife bought me this truck as a Father's Day gift. "You need a project," she said. Since then my son and I have been working on it and we've had a lot of fun.
We tinted the windows and gutted the interior. We are fabricating new door panels and a headliner. The cassette deck got tossed infavor of a CD/MP3 receiver and 6 new speakers. The floor was rotted, so we cut out the bad stuff and replaced the sheet metal. We are chucking the original bench seat and installing buckets from a Hyundai Tiburon. Sound absorbing material lines the interior and we are installing carpet (which it never had.)
We'll be adding 3" drop blocks to the back and cutting a coil off the front. This has to be a daily driver, so we can't go too low. New shocks will be installed at that time too.
We'll be fabbing a custom, Thrush based, dual exhaust and going over the engine completely from a maintenance standpoint. At this time, engine mods will be restricted to dress-up only.
We have already acquired a replacement truck bed as the old one was dented and rusted out in places. We need to do a little more rust repair, then we will paint it yellow and add green flames. That's the plan anyway.
This entire project has to be done as inexpensively as possible. That's why we are doing everything we can by ourselves. The truck cost my wife $570 and I have maybe $500 into it. If I spend another $200, it will be a lot.
My son and I are dedicating this build to all other parents and kids out there who enjoy working on stuff together. You can't put a price on that. When we are done, it'll be his when he gets his license. In the mean time, we hope to take it to events to demonstrate that you don't need to spend a lot to have a great ride and have a pile of fun.