I think as long as any part of him wants to keep trying, you have to respect that. But you can also gently let him know that you all are okay if he's ready to go, and that you don't want to see him suffer.
@zaphod-s-heart-of-gold Wow this gave me flashbacks to working on the Scout. So much had been swapped, relocated, "upgraded," and made to work you'd spend days just trying to figure out how to fix it. Also sort of my problem with the American car scene. So much of it seems to be about not what the vehicle came with, but what can you put in it.
But like... at what cost? Counterpoint, I suppose, a lot of these older American vehicles would be pretty much undrivable now if not for upgrades like this so... heh.
There is a surprising amount of parts available for these trucks, but you do not see many with stock drivetrains. At this point keeping an old Y-block or I6 running is more than a trivial job but is doable. I think the biggest thing against them is the hotrodding culture that took over when these were old enough to have little value but too new to be considered classics. I believe this swap was done in the early to mid 2000s when the donor cars were likely junk (as most malaise cars are). On one hand the drivetrain is a technical upgrade over the original running gear while being more serviceable due to age, but so many changes without documentation mean someone down the line has to figure out what they're working with which is not easy when the parts came from a relatively unknown car with little support at this point.
@pos_camaro I had to go universal. Only option I needed that I didn't have was electric fuel pump but I bought a relay kit that came with everything I needed. This truck is a hodgepodge of parts, enough to warrant a whole post of its own probably just for the lulz
@zaphod-s-heart-of-gold This is the best part of my Monday yet! Great work!! Please post more pictures of Project Redtruck! It looks like a stunner!!
Unfortunately I don't have many pictures of it before I tore it down. It was a long process to get it from the mountains to my house a few hundred miles away and I was much more focused on traversing the state with a trailer in tow (first time really driving a trailer, especially one that loaded for that distance), and when I finally got it into the garage there wasn't much space to take pics. Then I took about 400 pictures of everything as I did it, partly to document the progress and partly to have a record of what was going on so I could reference it later
That's about it really. I wrote a couple posts on old oppo that I need to bring over, they have been archived but it would be nice to link them here for later viewing