I would trade my 2007 with all the bells and whistles for that pickup in a heartbeat! We had a 73, a 74, and an 85 with that body style. I still love those more than any modern pickup.
We always had the 350 with a four speed on the floor. It was really marked as a three speed with a low. I haven't seen such a beast since - grandpa always ordered them that way. Never could talk him into air conditioning, either.
That boy is proof that some parents are still doing things right. God bless them and that kiddo.