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LB Landscaping
09-15-2002, 08:14 PM
I am looking at buying a 1988 Chevy 1 ton pick-up. Basically it will be a work truck for hauling my equipment and putting a dump insert into. Any one no of any issues with the Chevys of this age. It has 210K mi (yes high) but has had a new factory GM motor and transmission put in around 85 K mi ago. All service records are available and current. Has the 5.7 V8. In good shape no rust, never plowed. Asking $3500 with extra rims and new Goodyears. I am going to offer $2500 w/o rims and tires.:confused:

09-15-2002, 09:12 PM
Offer $2500 with the rims and tires. He might do it.

My brother used to work for an out fit that bought a 1988 3/4 ton new. His biggest complaint was the 4x4 engagment system was a bunch of trash.

The 350 is a good motor.

09-15-2002, 09:40 PM
Is that 88 a single wheeled chassis or a dualie? If it's a single I have the twin to it. The GVW is a bit light for a 3500 series, only 8600 lbs. Sometime later they changed that GVW into the 2500HD. In addition to the lighter GVW it runs a semi-floating rear axle as opposed to the the full-floater that the dualie uses. It also has smaller brakes than the dualie axle. If yo can get it for $2500 it has the potential to be a good heavy use pickup though, and without the clumsy, wider track of the dualies

LB Landscaping
09-16-2002, 12:50 PM
Thanks guys. The truck isn't a dually. I took it to my mechanic this morning he spent about an hour and a half looking it over. No major problems to worry about, a couple little things. I think I'm going to shoot for $2200 without rims and tires. The tires are low profile and wide so they will be **** in the winter, I might put a plow on it for a back up. I'll let you know what happens!!! Thanks again.:)

09-16-2002, 03:47 PM
i've got a 1988 chevy dually. crew cab. everything is "ok" except for the 454 gas guzzling engine. good luke!!!

LB Landscaping
09-19-2002, 03:01 PM
Didn't get it, he got an offer for a little more. Wasn't meant to be I guess!!! Thanks for you're help!!!

LB Landscaping
09-24-2002, 02:36 PM
Hello again,
He called me yeaterday and no one could come up with the money. Got it for $2250 with the rims and tires. Going to register it now!!! :blob4:

09-24-2002, 05:20 PM
Those are famous for fuel lines rotting. Usually right at the sending unit on the tank. Which usually leads to about $450 in parts only to repair. Not surte what labor. Probably around $650 usually you have to replace the lines, sending unit and the tank while its out and too rusty.