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  • Koinonia

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    Was curious of anyones experience with this vehicle?

    Not sure if it's a long bed or a short bed, but I think it is a long bed. Owner says it runs, but smokes. (Didn't give me conditions of when it smokes, such as when started, for how long it smokes or if it clears up. Its a V8, and he uses it to haul firewood once in a while, and the AC doesn't work.

    The next time I'm down at his place, he is willing to let me drive it around a bit to check it out.

    Anyone have anything good/bad in regards of things to look for in this vehicle? I don't mind having a project in front of me, if I get it for a decent price. He is asking $1k for it. (Then I do Title and Registration and Inspection)
     

    TexasR.N.

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    Early March I picked up a 1981 Chevy C20 for 1300. Had the TH350 trams rebuilt for 400.00 point being they are cheap to work on. 1981 was transition year where some computer and more emissions were added (IIRC) so you'll have this on the truck being its an 83.
    As far as smoking, could be something as simple as valve seals.
    I thoroughly enjoy ours. Also check out GM Heritage Center - Home there is some good info there as well.
     
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    Koinonia

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    Appreciate it, TexasR.N.! I will see about getting some pictures of it this next weekend, and see if I can get some more opinions on it!

    It's something I'd love to have as a second vehicle.
     

    mitchntx

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    Seat springs and fabric from dragging ass getting out.

    Door hinge pins wear and cause the doors to sag.
    Once they do, the door panel inside gets trashed from slamming it.

    Ball joints.
    Rear drum brakes
    HVAC system can be problematic.

    Porno red interior ...

    Driveline is typically pretty robust.
     

    Younggun

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    Up through 87 is typically pretty cheap to work on. I love then older Chevys.


    I'd pass on a V6, take if it's got a 350.
     

    TexasR.N.

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    Pull the V6 drop in a 350 :)
    Mine as she sits waiting for me to finish putting her back together.
    4e1770a70955d591106cfda6190656bb_zps3a25c261.jpg
     
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    Younggun

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    Or have a little fun and go 383 or 400SB.

    If your gonna swap engines, might as well swap some parts in the process.
     

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