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Darryl G
11-14-2009, 03:10 PM
I'm selling my 1985 Chevy K-20 Pickup. It's pretty much in original condition (and it shows). I'm the second owner. I picked it up from a local dealer in 1999 who purchased it from the original owner. I originally used it for personal use and then for my first season of lawn care in 2002. I bent a valve speeding my son to the emergency room and put on remanufactured heads at that time. After that it was pretty much just used for plowing and an occasional errand until I retired it from plow duty last year. I gave it a lube job and new wipers last fall before deciding to just put my money toward a plow for my 2003 silverado. I was holding onto it for my teenage son to rebuild but he's decided he wants something more modern, lol.

The body is definitely rough but mecahnically it's pretty sound other than the defects I'll list later. It's got the heavy duty 350 engine, 3 speed auto with the 4:10 rear. I've replaced the fuel tank, radiator and Y pipe, all of which should still be in fine. It only has 87K original miles on it...and I'm sure it's not 187k or 287k. Tires are excellent with a good matching spare. I have all the receipts somewhere for the work I've done to it. I did upgrade the vacuum activated choke to an electronic one, otherwise it's pretty much stock. The bed appears to have been replaced before i purchased and is in good shape.

Defects: I the left fender is pretty rotted and flaps around, I think one or more cab mounts are rotted out, needs a tail pipe and maybe a muffler, needs brake lines, brake hoses, transmission lines (there's a section of rubber line on there now - field repair). I would consider it to need all new brakes, I know the front rotors are original and they sure don't sound very good. Rocker panels are pretty much gone, fuel gauge is intermittent (I replaced the sender unit), temp guage didn't appear to be working last time I fired it up, windshield washer not working. It may be a grounding problem as far as the gauges go. Passenger side door met a post while plowing and is pretty rotted now, driver door is better but the hinge seems to be sagging a bit now.

As for the plow, it's a Fisher speedcast and works just fine (albeit slow being belt driven). It could use a new cutting edge. The center pivot was pretty worn and the plow was getting hung up on an ear on the frame so a local welding shop fixed that at the end of it's last plowing season (2008). I have a spare pump. Oh, it does leak down after a while...I think it's just air in the lines. The bottom of the lift cylinder is kind of rotted too.

Oh, the truck fires right up and runs fine. The motor and trans are strong. There is a bit of "snorkeling" from the manifold when you first fire it up...the shop had a little bit of a hard time grinding the manifold level when they put he new heads on. There's also a rotted off valve of some sort I think so there's a bit of exhaust noise from there as well. There's some leakage from top of motor...head cover gaskets I think..not bad but smoked when i fired it up after sitting.

For someone who has a place to strip this baby down and do the work themselves, this would be a good truck to rebuild as a landscaper/plow truck or use it as-is with some minor work as a farm or yard truck. Or as a parts truck of course. Oh..there is some steering play. She wears tires evenly.

The interior is pretty darn good for a truck this age. The seat does have a bit of a sag on the driver side corner, maybe a dislodged spring...not so bad that I ever bothered to look into it.

I'll be as honest as I can about what it needs, I'm not looking to rip anybody off, but i'll part it out before I let it go too cheap.

The truck is in southeastern Connecticut...local pickup only. Due to the conditiion of the brakes and brake and tranny lines, I'd assume it needs to be towed or flatbedded.

The attached pictures were taken last year but still represent it's condition pretty well. I'll try to take some current ones after it stops raining.

Asking price $20k OBO ;)

Darryl G
11-14-2009, 03:18 PM
Oh, tail gate is a bit messed up, handle is rotted and a tree backed into me so the back bumper is pretty much shot, messing up the gate a bit too. It closes but I think you have to do one side at a time or something.

Here's a pic of the odometer that didn't fit in the last post and my new rig...the Silverado is not for sale.

z71tiger
11-14-2009, 03:44 PM
20k:laugh::laugh:

Darryl G
11-14-2009, 04:15 PM
20k:laugh::laugh:

Did i hear 20K? Sold to Z71 tiger for 20k, rofl

z71tiger
11-14-2009, 04:39 PM
thats what you put as your asking price

Darryl G
11-14-2009, 04:48 PM
Yes, I know..just funning with you..but it is a classic after all and worth every penny :p

It was a good series of trucks and parts are still cheap and plentiful. A lot of guys around here still run them. I wish I had a shop I could pull it into and do the work myself. It would be cost prohibitive to have a shop do it.

corey4671
11-14-2009, 04:48 PM
How about $20? Counter

Darryl G
11-14-2009, 05:22 PM
No thank you. Take your 20 bucks and go buy a stick plow.

SKYNYRD
11-14-2009, 10:02 PM
you might be too far away but try justchevytrucks.com there should be an email link on the website:waving:

ACA L&L
11-14-2009, 10:47 PM
20 grand is way to much. i buy and rebuild chevys as a hobbie. And that chevy with plow and rust is worth maybe 3500-4500. maybe, And a chevy guy has to buy it at that price, because none else will appreciate that truck except a chevy guy. good luck.

Junior M
11-14-2009, 10:50 PM
as I chevy guy, I am sad that I am missing what is becoming a rare truck.. :cry:

Darryl G
11-14-2009, 11:01 PM
Thanks for the chevy site adress.

I was kidding about the $20k. I didn't think anyone would take it seriously. It's a good truck and I hate to part with it but it's not doing me any good sitting there.

I think I'll fire it up and put it on the front lawn for sale tomorrow. I"m on the same road as the town dump so a lot of landscapers and contractors drive by.

danddlc
11-15-2009, 07:39 AM
What are you really looking to get.

2brothersyardcare
11-15-2009, 08:29 AM
give you a grand

rcslawncare
11-20-2009, 01:22 AM
I hope that prices is a typo. http://www.lawnsite.com/images/smilies/action-smiley-060.gif

rcslawncare
11-20-2009, 01:23 AM
but i do like that style. They were tough. On another note, hows the silverado treating you with the V-XT. Looks awesome!!

Darryl G
01-22-2010, 02:16 PM
What are you really looking to get.

It's for sale locally now $2,000 OBO. I'll part it out before i let it go for $1,000. I just went over it and found most of my receipts. Mechanically it's in pretty good shape, body definitely needs work. Pulled the bed liner out and bed looks pretty good. Sorry haven't been on here in a while. I would recommend that anyone considering buying take a good look at it first.

eatonpcat
01-22-2010, 09:03 PM
It's for sale locally now $2,000 OBO. I'll part it out before i let it go for $1,000. I just went over it and found most of my receipts. Mechanically it's in pretty good shape, body definitely needs work. Pulled the bed liner out and bed looks pretty good. Sorry haven't been on here in a while. I would recommend that anyone considering buying take a good look at it first.

$2000.... I was just about to offer $18,000, Now I must reconsider!!

hornett22
01-24-2010, 10:20 AM
20K?????????????????????????

you're off your rocker! you'd be lucky to get 1200 for it.

there is a mint one here in CT for sale that has a plow with NO rust at all for 4500.

Lbilawncare
01-24-2010, 02:33 PM
Do you guys really think he was serious about the 20K ? GEEEEEEZ I had seven old 73-87's They are cheap to replace the body panels on, Good luck with the sale.

Darryl G
01-28-2010, 09:25 AM
I've already stated I was kidding about the $20k. The bottom line is that it does need body work but someone could get the mechanical work done in a day by themself and without much expense. If someone parted that truck out, they could probably recover their cost just by selling the tires, the exhaust Y pipe and the remanufactured heads. I wish I had a shop I could pull it into and do the work, but I don't.

Darryl G
02-01-2010, 09:05 AM
Down to $1,500 OBO. 87.5k original miles. 10k miles on remanufactured heads. Runs and plows well. Interior good. Body rough. Good yard or lot truck or use for parts or rebuild.

860-575-0665

Paradise Landscapes
02-01-2010, 10:02 AM
Of course he's just kidding about the 20K! It's a joke! Free bump for the joke.

Darryl G
02-06-2010, 06:06 PM
I took some pics this morning of the underside, the plow, under the hood and the rust in the cab corner..here they are in this post and the next.

Come on guys, my baby needs a new home.

Darryl G
02-06-2010, 06:09 PM
I'm down to $1,200 OBO

2 more pics..look at that bed...it's beautiful for a work truck...well almost, lol.

Darryl G
02-08-2010, 12:19 PM
First $1,000 cash takes it.

As-is but I'll help anyone who buys it any way I can. If you need to mess with it here a bit to get it ready for a road trip that's fine. Comes with 1 gallon plus of fluid for the plow, 5 spare headlights (got on sale when Ames went out of business), spare plow pump, Pendaliner plastic bed liner and full sized spare on new rim.

Darryl G
02-22-2010, 01:11 AM
Bump...best offer over $600 takes it

OSU 09
02-22-2010, 08:53 AM
I would buy that in a heart beat if you were not so far away!

AI Inc
02-22-2010, 09:01 AM
20 grand is way to much. i buy and rebuild chevys as a hobbie. And that chevy with plow and rust is worth maybe 3500-4500. maybe, And a chevy guy has to buy it at that price, because none else will appreciate that truck except a chevy guy. good luck.

With 2 strippers and a case of beer its still not worth more then $1200

Darryl G
02-22-2010, 09:34 AM
$1,000 OBO at this point. Getting some renewed interest so in the interest of accurately representing it's current condition (some of the pics were from last year) here are pics I just snapped this morn which represent it's current condition.

Darryl G
02-22-2010, 09:38 AM
Few more. Last one shows the included bed liner and spare. Trailer not included.

stotts1
02-22-2010, 11:06 AM
MAN, i wish you were in my neck of the woods, thats right on what im looking for, good luck with the sale! just out of curiosity whats you zip code?

Darryl G
02-22-2010, 11:22 AM
Zip is 06498, about 100 miles northeast of New York City. That would be a pretty good haul for you!

Darryl G
02-25-2010, 01:30 PM
Bump....Best offer is up to $700 now...going once..............

SKYNYRD
02-25-2010, 08:38 PM
free bump:waving:

Darryl G
03-03-2010, 09:48 PM
Bump. Still waiting for a new owner. Comes with 5 extra headlights. I'll even throw in a 6-pack, lol.

Juan91
03-03-2010, 10:35 PM
6 pack of?

Darryl G
03-05-2010, 02:20 PM
Six pack of your choice, lol. Can't believe nobody has jumped on this yet.

Darryl G
03-15-2010, 02:59 PM
Truck is sold...but now I feel bad that I never named her....sniff.