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PostSubject: 81-87 Square body GM    August 31st 2016, 4:40 pm

Been kicking around the idea of picking up a GMC/Chevy from that time frame.
They are starting to get flat dumbass in price range for a good one, but you can still find some good ones where the people don't realize what they are going for.

I've always liked those. I'd really like a 72 C10 Short Bed, but those have been dumbass priced for a while now. Might flip a few of the 80's models and eventually build up enough cash to pick up one of the older, well restored ones to hang on to.

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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    August 31st 2016, 9:11 pm

I think the ones around here have all rusted away.

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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    August 31st 2016, 10:43 pm

I've found an 85 that is in fantastic shape. 100% original. Paint still looks great. Engine bay is neat and clean. A Dr. is selling it for his old grandmother that owns it. He has no idea what they go for, and doesn;t care, and the granny just wants it gone. Supposedly has receipts verifying actual mileage.

Going to go check it out tomorrow.

They bought it used 30 yrs ago with 32k on it. The old bastard died soon there after. It has 52k on it now with supposedly verifyable mtc receipts. The pics I have back it up.....apparently they have more money than the Pope, so they only take it out once or twice every now and then but keep the Inspection and tags current.


She was asking $2300.00. I told her if it all looked as good in real life as she's saying, I'd be there tomorrow with $2000.00. The old jewel and her son is holding it for me.

Ain't no way this is real...is it?
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 1st 2016, 12:35 am

If it is that clean and low mileage I don't think I'd even haggle on the price.

Made the mistake to question a $500 rusted out K30 once. If I'd just have payed the lady and not asked questions she would have given me the title clean and clear. But she wanted to converse with here husband and he said he was holding for someone to see the next day.
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 1st 2016, 9:28 pm

I bought my 1985 Chevy c10 with a 305 700r4 transmission for a $1000 a few years ago the only rust is on the roof and I think I will leave it that way as I think it looks kind of cool , the cab corners and cowl are rock solid .
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 1st 2016, 9:30 pm

I should say rust on the roof and doors .
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 1st 2016, 9:32 pm

I starts near instantly cold or hot , it has the stock quadrajet .
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 2nd 2016, 10:23 am

I passed on it, the pics they posted was from BEFORE the hail storm. The hood and roof were in poor shape.

Her "mechanic" also had rigged up a Quadrajet on it while he was gonna rebuild the stock one. The one on it didn't belong on that model truck. No choke connected, no kickdown linkage connected, it idled ok, but you could barely get it to do anything else....it would need an entirely new carb.

It would have been a decent truck to keep and knockaround in, but nothing that any money could be made on.

The old gal was a firecracker though, 78 yrs old and selling it cause she couldn't work on it herself anymore and her old mechanic up and died in the middle of her carb rebuild. I like to not have gotten out of there, she talked a mile a minute.
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 2nd 2016, 11:44 am

Hilux wrote:
I bought my 1985 Chevy c10 with a 305 700r4 transmission for a $1000 a few years ago the only rust is on the roof and I think I will leave it that way as I think it looks kind of cool , the cab corners and cowl are rock solid .


I bought an 1984 new, short bed in the same color. It first started rusting on the inside near the floor vents that manually opened and closed. I liked the truck, had the 6 cylinder. At 120K I sold it for $500, the wife (girlfriend at the time) decided it was time for a new one and bought me a new 91 Ford XLT Lariat .

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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 2nd 2016, 11:57 am

TheQuig wrote:
Hilux wrote:
I bought my 1985 Chevy c10 with a 305 700r4 transmission for a $1000 a few years ago the only rust is on the roof and I think I will leave it that way as I think it looks kind of cool , the cab corners and cowl are rock solid .


I bought an 1984 new, short bed in the same color. It first started rusting on the inside near the floor vents that manually opened and closed. I liked the truck, had the 6 cylinder. At 120K I sold it for $500, the wife (girlfriend at the time) decided it was time for a new one and bought me a new 91 Ford XLT Lariat .
I sprayed that Fluid Film stuff ( I call it sheep spit ) in vents cab corners and cowl area to give it a better chance at holding back the rust as that seems to be where the square body chevy trucks rust out .
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 2nd 2016, 11:59 am

pup wrote:
I passed on it, the pics they posted was from BEFORE the hail storm. The hood and roof were in poor shape.

Her "mechanic" also had rigged up a Quadrajet on it while he was gonna rebuild the stock one. The one on it didn't belong on that model truck. No choke connected, no kickdown linkage connected, it idled ok, but you could barely get it to do anything else....it would need an entirely new carb.

It would have been a decent truck to keep and knockaround in, but nothing that any money could be made on.

The old gal was a firecracker though, 78 yrs old and selling it cause she couldn't work on it herself anymore and her old mechanic up and died in the middle of her carb rebuild. I like to not have gotten out of there, she talked a mile a minute.
Quadrajets are super easy to rebuild .
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 2nd 2016, 12:34 pm

The one on it didn't have the correct linkages, etc to connect everything back up. And she didn't have the original one anymore either.
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 8th 2016, 1:51 pm

pup wrote:
I passed on it, the pics they posted was from BEFORE the hail storm. The hood and roof were in poor shape.

So annoying when people do that.
Bait and switch, false advertising, take your pick.
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 8th 2016, 6:14 pm

While we do get hail here, It's not big enough to do damage to vehicles. How often do these storms occur (once or twice a year)? Is there hail insurance, and when fixed, is it normally unnoticeable?

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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 9th 2016, 9:46 am

We get big hail every 4 to 5 years in the area. Golf ball size and down pretty much yearly.

Just to the south/southeast of us, in Wylie TX, they got hammered by Softball size hail this year. It went through roofs, through the ceilings and broke tile on the floor. That totaled any vehicles caught out in it. The wifes Jeep caught the very beginning of it, about egg size where she was and got about 2 grand worth of dents to be pulled out in it.

Mostly Paintless Dent Repair will handle any thing like that. The Big stuff is replace sheet metal time.

I got caught out in a storm in my 99 Chevy about a mile from my house, had about 3k miles on it at the time. They replaced every piece of sheet metal on it except the bed. Too new/valuable to total at the time.

This is some examples of this springs storm that got the wifes Jeep, then really blew up as his moved further to the southeast of me.


news report on it from April 2016
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/collin-county/dash-cam-video-in-wylie-captures-hail-bashing-windshields/129717692
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 9th 2016, 11:53 am

Wow, that could do some damage. The biggest I can remember is about the size of a nickel. Once in a while on the radio we hear of a small area in the county that got some bigger size like a golf ball, but I have never seen it myself.

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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 9th 2016, 12:02 pm

We got hail nearly every time it rained this last winter, I'd say 4 out of the 6 times it rained. Luckily it was all small large pea size or smaller.


I learned to drive in a Chevy of that model. It was a white one that my grandmothers brother owned that then passed to my aunts husband. My uncle would drink on the way to and from town and I'd drive.
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PostSubject: Re: 81-87 Square body GM    September 9th 2016, 1:02 pm

I learned on a 76 Chevy with 3 on the tree. No power steering either. No power clutch. Just a 350, a water pump and an alternator.

I learned to slide it in neutral at long lights and just hold the brake. My leg would start vibrating holding that damn clutch in for more than a minute or so.
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