After many months of looking I found the right truck. A 94 Dodge 2500 with 12 valve Cummins and a built auto. I found it close-ish to home and got to feel some trust for the seller. Crucial for me to be happy about a purchase.
I made plans to see the truck on a Monday back in April. He phones me on Sunday night and says "my buddy was using it to move and the new tranny blew up...". Back to the drawing board. I decided to call the seller again two weeks ago and see if he had sold it. Nope. Ok, I'll come down. Boom goes the rear-end! (At this point sellers wife is telling him to not answer my calls anymore!). I look, he fixes, I buy. But not before getting a $368 speeding ticket while delivering it to the border for me! Poor guy!
So, I now own a truck with a new $4500 billet auto trans, new transfer case, new rear end, new 35" Cepek MTs, recent paint and documented proof that it goes at least 94 mph! All this for the price of base model untouched high mileage trucks locally. I think it was worth the wait!
I'll post some pics when I dig out the camera tomorrow... There has to be a way to post from the iPhone but me iz dumm!