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My mission continues lol, picked up this 20 footer from the "big city" close to my hometown, like 30 miles one way. I've only had one long trip to pick up a truck which was like 400 something miles round trip, now parts is a different story but anyways.

1985 k10 Silverado originally a 305,700r4,208, custom two tone paint, rally wheel truck.10 bolt front and rear supposed to be 3.73's, manual locking hubs, a/c, tilt column, dome light, cargo light, cab roof lights, dual fuel tanks, dual speakers in the rear corners of the cab, no dummy lights full gauge set, cruise control, and this is my second truck with a clock in the cluster(score lol)

I don't know what it is, but me and these mid 80's trucks have some weird mojo. This truck has had a full engine transmission and transfer case swap just like my suburban, which both seem somewhat professionally done, this truck has been tinkered on since then so it's a little bit less nicely done. This truck has been repainted like my suburban was as well, but unlike the suburban they changed the color scheme and possibly the color as well. They also both had janky aftermarket grilles lolol.

The good: I believe it's a 350 now will have to check it out in the future, so that's great! It's now a th400 np208 truck, which was an unexpected score lol, now I've got at least one example of each one of gm's best transmissions of the era. The body is decently straight and rust free cab corners don't have holes yet, the floor looks good from what I've seen so far. The frame looks perfect so far, no hackery no bends no cracks in the normal places, front bumper is pretty decent. The trans and transfer case are pretty dry. It came with a free bed mounted tool box so that's neat lol matching bed rail caps, it has some ugly little tie down things on it which have to go. I might get some new diamond plate rail caps for the time being, will probably go more heavy duty in the future though, it also came with a pretty mint tailgate cap as well! I also got a spare steering column with it, because the one in the truck is the most ****** I've ever seen a column before, I'll have to get a video of it lol.

The bad: usual stuff, wiring is slightly messed with, cracked windshield, windows don't work very well, dome light missing, cracked dash, holes in the bottom of the dash for accessories plus whatever wiring for that crap, trans cooler lines are cobbled together lol, steering box weeps very slowly, exhaust is garbage, leaf springs and shocks are well overdue, tie rod bar is bent, both pinion seals leak, outer lower rockers are trashed, small rust spots on the box only one small actual rust hole, the paint is flaking on the roof and hood nothing terrible. The grille is absolute garbage and the $40 lightbar is zip tied to the garbage barely mounted grille lol, I can appreciate the zipties though :rotflmao: the interior is pretty rough, pretty much what you'd expect though not too bad. The rear bumper is kinda cool but it's prettyyyy beat up so it'll have to go.

The really bad: The motor is supposedly "blown", I see no windows in the block or in the pan, and no dents in the pan. I never got a straight answer but it was a younger guy, didn't seem like he knew a lot about wrenching, the truck was in the backlot of a dealership as well, if that says anything lol. But he said that it was crankshaft, rod, or piston. I'm not so sure though, the exhaust is somehow pulled out of the drivers side manifold so i don't know if that had anything to do with their assumptions? It's unknown till I can get to work on it here. Drivers side door made contact with the fender and ripped both layers of the door back in a small spot by the body line. To top it off a rattle can bed liner.... god please don't do this to your trucks lol this is gonna be a daily/hauling junk and whatnot truck so I'll just get some decent bed liner and go over it a bunch the best I can.

All in all, a little less "sound" all around than my suburban but barely by much, somethings outweigh each other against one another. But this truck has less rust than my sub, the paint isn't as nice and has a few more dents. Needs a facelift like my sub and it would make a good daily.

It even has four matching tires and wheels, and the aftermarket wheels aren't that bad looking honestly! For once lol. The tires are pretty new 31x10.50r15's as well same size I run on all my stock stuff.

The best part is I straight traded the truck for a $500 gun, another $500 dollar square for me to tally up! Not to brag or anything:rotflmao:

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PrairieDrifter

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I'll mention something if I have forgotten, will also be tearing into it more in the future here. Also has anyone ever seen a bench seat with the little pockets built in on the front edge, like the seat covers have? It's pretty cool lol I've just never seen it or heard of it

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That's cool! Have never heard of the seat pockets, but it's good to have them.
 

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That's cool! Have never heard of the seat pockets, but it's good to have them.
There's only two of em, you can see them on the front side of the drivers seat. I've never heard of them either, but I do agree I use my seat cover pockets all the time.
 

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Nice score! Squarebodylynoma is a serious disease that usually takes all your extra money to keep it mollified. ;)
I wouldn't have bought it, but he had an ad that said he would trade for a specific gun I had so I said screw it after I looked at it and what was there!
 

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I think you got the better end of the deal. I'm surprised a PO changed the interior color and did a full exterior color change. It supposed to have a charcoal interior with a black and silver two-tone.
 

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i would check the vin and plates on truck and frame... not saying its a bad thing but it is suspiciously different from OE. just make sure you arent in legal hot water kind of thing. otherwise just lots of work done over hte years

And the pockets, ive seen em on an old dodge from the 70s. but that was it
 

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I think you got the better end of the deal. I'm surprised a PO changed the interior color and did a full exterior color change. It supposed to have a charcoal interior with a black and silver two-tone.
I like to think I did too lol. I did notice the color change as soon as I looked at the spid, and I now just learned how to read the interior option:rotflmao: always thought that was paint lol. And now that I figured that out and that you mentioned it, the interior change does make it extra weird... as far as I know my suburban didn't change colors but they were doin some weird **** here in the 90's haha.
 

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i would check the vin and plates on truck and frame... not saying its a bad thing but it is suspiciously different from OE. just make sure you arent in legal hot water kind of thing. otherwise just lots of work done over hte years

And the pockets, ive seen em on an old dodge from the 70s. but that was it
I'm not worried in the least. Spid matches vin and the body mounts look to have never been touched, the paint is also a typical faded flaking 90's repaint. North Dakota doesn't usually have problems like that lol
 

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I like to think I did too lol. I did notice the color change as soon as I looked at the spid, and I now just learned how to read the interior option:rotflmao: always thought that was paint lol. And now that I figured that out and that you mentioned it, the interior change does make it extra weird... as far as I know my suburban didn't change colors but they were doin some weird **** here in the 90's haha.
It was the 90s.. people did all sorts of... crazy things..
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Even with the issues you mention, I still say VERY nice score on rescuing another square!!!

In all honesty, the mechanical stuff doesn't sound too bad, might take a few dollars and some time. As for the engine being blown, I would be very curious about that because those 350's are pretty stout engines! If it were mine I would be tempted to take off plug wires and crank it over and see if it makes any noise.

If the engine truly is blown & no good, I know someone from Minnesota with a nice running 350 for sale (not advertised yet) in a 76 GMC :favorites37:

Congrats on the new square toy!!!
 

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Ive got the perfect 65 or so 283 and powerglide just itching for a home, come on you know you want it
 

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