My buddy has a 87 4 door chevy 1 ton red interior gun metal gray outside utility topper for sale I think it is $1200 rust just starting to come through.I tell you what I'd like to find is a 73 to 87 Chevy 1 ton 4x4, crew cab, 4 speed, 454. Those are great trucks. I'd probably put an 86 front clip on it if it was pre-86. That was a good looking front end. Heck I'd drop that thing off at a body shop for a frame off make over. White paint, red vinyl interior, black rubber floor, Rhino line the bed, TBI on the engine. They're tough to find though. Usually rusty beyond saving. Or the rock crawler crowd raided the axles and transfercase.
X2, this is why i bought 2 diesels "Duramax's". I can pull anything i put behind them, nice ride quality, good fuel milage, more longevity and they will retain better value.But 3 big things to remember :
#1 that V10 will never come close to the life span that diesel will.
#2 that V10 will not get the gas mileage the diesel will
#3 you'll get about 1/2 of that $6000 back eventually when you sell it or trade it. The diesel will always be worth more than the V10, so just keep that in mind that it's not really costing you $6000 more when you'll get about 1/2 of that back someday in the price difference of the vehicle on selling or trading it.
Just some stuff to think about.