I gave up on the wipers and decided to lube every lubrication point I could find on the truck this afternoon. And after the outside temps cooled off enough for me to lay on the driveway, I swapped out the old Sears front shocks for some new Gabriel Guardian Shocks, $15 each + tax from Auto Zone.
I made a quick stop at the hardware store for some bolts, $5, to mount the new shocks and everything went back together easily.
I love this old truck. Swapping out shocks for $40 a set is my kind of deal. Especially since it took less than an hour and a half, including drive time to get parts!
Afterwards I took the truck for the obligatory post-repair drive. And believe me it is driving much smoother now!