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Old April 24th, 2007, 11:00 PM   #1
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I am curentlly looking at buying a new DD for myself that I can use to tow my Jeep around on when needed and I like the looks of the early 80s chev full size trucks

but having never owned a chev truck before Im wondering what should I be looking for when I look at one or test drive one

Id like to find one with a long box and a big block was this a combo that was available

are there any particular modles that I should look out for or stay away from

what kind of price range do these trucks usually come in Im not looking for anything fancy I dont even want a 4x4 its just gonna be a DD and tow rig


any thoughts or ideas appreciated as Im still learning about the chevs

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My opinion is that they were one of the best trucks to ever hit the roads. The only issue I have really seen is that the bodies just happen to rust out & fall off. If you can find a solid one (look at the cab mounts under the driver's floorboards closely) it should be a good DD. Parts are everywhere & cheap and if you get a fuel injected one, the gas mileage is surprisingly good. Big blocks are rare, but the old 350's should be able to pull anything you need.
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if by chance you should find any diesels stay away from the `84 and older ones, the older 6.2s had a bad habit of cracking heads on the right side. also the fuel pumps on the injection go bad right around 120,000 like clockwork.
if by chance you find a `85 or newer you should be happy, they are good for fuel and don't have the glowplug controler defects that olders had.
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I called and talked to a guy tonight about a 78 3/4 ton with a long box and a 12 bolt rear

he said it had a 355 engine and a 700R4 trans and somthing about fastburn heads from an 81 monte carlo

the body was done about 5 or 6 years ago and its sitting on a 74 frame he said the frames of this era were thicker

He said the odometer reads just over 100000 km (about 60000 Miles)

from what I understand this is a 4 speed over drive trans but I know nothing of the moter

He is aking 3500 CDN or best

is this a good deal or should I posible keep looking???


would it be hard to swap out the small block for a big block???

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