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The simplest way to sample a tank is to add a pound or so af air pressure to the tank with the fuel line disconnected at the fuel filter. If the color is not dark and there is no water it may run. I try to light a small sample, if it burns without a wick it should run. If it takes a wick to start a fire the old diesel can be used at 5-10% rather than paying to get rid of it.
As a matter of value - call a scrap buyer to see what the local rate is, last I sold was $4.15 per 100#.
If you have the skill to service everything it's good but the cost of a retail brake job with hydraulics might not make it a bargain. The results on a fuel sample can mean a couple of bills for cleaning the tank.
The fuel leaks should be easy to find, just apply fuel pressure to the fuel line at the tank with an electric fuel pump sold for old gas engines.
New battery, engine coolant, brakes, filters, rubber parts -belts, fuel lines, gaskets, hoses, vacuum lines...........everytime the servicelist says inspect/replace, replace.
Uses up a couple of weekends. But the 'reliable' factor is as good as a late model used car.
93 Dodge /CTD, IC, 518, club cab LE, BHAF, KDP fixed, kelderman air ride
81 Isuzu /C223na, 5spd