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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:39 pm 
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waiting for pics.... 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:49 pm 
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Without further adieu...

Here are two photos I noticed on Craigslist last Saturday (truck was actually posted 9/1)...

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The description was pretty vague mentioning that it needed some electrical work, had a new 318 engine and rebuilt tranny. As soon as I saw the photos my heart nearly stopped as I thought there's no way a 1981 Macho could be this close to me (it was posted on the Northern Colorado Craigslist despite being in Laramie WY).

I had emailed the seller a couple of times last weekend but didn't hear anything back until Monday. I figured it had already sold or something had happened. When I finally heard back from the seller I asked him to send me a few more photos so I could see the condition of the interior and exterior -- also confirming (at least from the cell phone pictures) that it appeared to be a Macho.

Fast forward to last Wednesday -- I drove up to Laramie after work with my girlfriend and had a look in person. On the phone he said the truck was solid but I wanted to confirm before we agreed on a final price. To my surprise the truck was very SOLID! There's virtually no surface rust, no rot, the body is straight as is the frame. For a 30 year old truck I was floored! :shock:

We both weren't available until the weekend, but I offered a deposit which he politely refused. Needless to say I had a few sleepless nights between Wednesday and today. ;)

I picked up a trailer this morning and headed to Laramie with a good buddy of mine...


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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
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...so we get to Laramie and of course there's little parking near the University of Wyoming -- we park about 500 feet down the street and he comes out with an army of buddies -- in the end about 6 of us pushed it onto the trailer, with the seller steering, and my buddy up front directing us.

After cash and papers were exchanged we headed out (there was a football game going on so it was PACKED).

We pulled over at a gas station before hitting the road...

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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:57 pm 
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WOW that is amazing.

What a great find!!!!

More details?

Seats?

Core support tag? with paint codes?

More pics.

Is the skylight original?

WOW 2 CoooooL!!


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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:58 pm 
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We arrived home (after a few stops to check everything was tied down and to get drinks) around 4PM...the truck is tucked away in the garage now since it's not registered (somewhat strict HOA), but I did snap some more photos for y'all before hand...

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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Had to resize these to fit the 768 pixel high rule...

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The under hood tags DO confirm it is a Macho (will take photos tomorrow as it's dark now), however here are the stripe remnants...
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And the inside of the wheels are orange...
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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:19 pm 
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The kid who had the truck had no idea it was a Macho...he said he received one lowball offer without the guy actually coming to see the truck...so I see this as fate!

I'll take some photos of the under hood stickers and the core support tag tomorrow. As you can see it has power windows, does have power locks, AC, and cruise. Sadly the sunroof isn't an original (it's two panes of glass with a light between them).

*Edit* Forgot to mention it was originally a Cashmere truck (as the paint job is flaking off in places).


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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:09 pm 
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:shock: :shock: :shock:
looks good...

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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:29 am 
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Now for the nitty gritty! If anyone can fill in the blanks or make corrections please do so as some parts of the labels are extremely hard to read!

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First column:
GH4 - CAB & SWEPTLINE
CP1 - FRT AXLE 3500/4000
DS4 - HYD DL BRK BSTR
EC2 - ENG 8 CYL 318-1 4BBL
EA3 - TRANS A727 AUTO
HA9 - AIR COND COOLING
??? - AIR CONDITIONING
??? - ___ CALIF EMISS SYS
HFB - BATTERY 325 AMP CCR
HLG - ?0 GAL F/TNK LESS/GRD
LB8 - OIL PRESS & ENG TEMP GAS TRIP
LF6 - STRG WHL 15 IN SPORT
LG2 - ELECT FRT DR LOCKS
LI3 - COURTESY LAMP SWITCH
LP6001 - SPORT BAR MACHO PROGRAM
NH4 - HUBS FRT WHL LOCKING AUTO
PY6531 - CASHMERE

Second column:
AVX - R/A CHRY 9 1/4
DF1 - 10X2.5 HYD RR BRAKES
DS5 - POWER DISC BRAKES
FA1 - AUTO TRANS
FY7 - NPG 208 TRANSFER CASE
HAP - AIR PUMP
HCO - CATALYTIC CONVERTER
HE4 - ALTERNATOR 60 AMP
HLC - LIGHT DUTY CYCLE
JA3 - RR AXLE RATIO OPT 3.21
LC3 - AUTO SPEED CONTROL
LG1 - POWER WINDOWS
?T1 - CIGAR LIGHTER
LMF - RADIO AM/FM/MX CASSETTE
MXR - SPORT VAN MACHO SPORT STRIPES (Not sure about the VAN part)
NT3 - TIRE CARR UNDERSLUNG
PZ4011 - FLAT BLACK

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First column:
RA2 - ORANGE PTD ROAD WHLS
SB8 - SB8 FRT SPRG 1550 LBS
ST1 - POWER STEERING
SW4 - SKID PLATE TRANSFER CASE
WN3 - HIGHWAY TREAD
YHC - MACHO PKG

Second column:
RX2 - SPARE WHL NON STYLED WHL
SJ6 - 1650 REAR SPRINGS
SW1 - STABILIZER BAR FRT
TKD - 1000RX15 PS OWL
YA1 - CUSTOM SE PKG
YW1 - YW1 GVW

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 Post subject: Re: Soon to (finally) be a Macho owner!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:32 pm 
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NICE!

Cert label in door jam?

Build sheet under carpet or behind seat?

Any history from previous owner?


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