Hey all! My grandfather purchased a new, D-150 back in 1986 from a dealer. Growing up he said it would be mine when he passed away. Well, unfortunately it is now mine and im finally starting to get to making her run again. It has been sitting for about 10 years. He had done a little work to it here and there but its not in best shape…definetly a project.
So to start- ive got it running a bit but my biggest issues now are alternator belt and transmission.
Alternator is making loud screeching and eating the belts off quick. I replaced alternator but still same issues. Not sure if he had it set up factory or not. New alternator has 2 pulley grooves and the one I replaced had one. Its charging well, but the new belts will start making noise after a few miles and eventually break within a day of test driving.
Transmission is terrible. Making a huge clunk from park into drive, and lesser from park into reverse at low rpm. Going into gears driving hard shifts badly. Used some lucas trans but it didnt seem to help. Sometimes it will kindof go back and forth from 1-2 on a change. If rpms are high it wi slip and do anything from not shift to a hard shift. Lower rpms will seem to get stuck betwen gears. Sometimes it makes a terrible clunk grind clunk for 3 or 4 seconds from park to drive. Aounds like theres sockets in a metal drum rolling around loudly.
Ill get pics and update as I go if I get some feesback. Hope I came to a good place for help. Its a weekend project truck for sure. But more than the dollar value its sentimental value is high. I want to make her nice and solid eventuallly. Gonna be my sons truck one day as well. Thanks beforehand.