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Old 06-29-2020, 12:42 PM   #1
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88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

I just bought a 88 chevy at a estate auction. They couldnt find the title a Bonded title would cost $250. The truck is 100% rust free and not too badly dented. The engine has the heads and intake taken off. All the parts are there and those parts are rusty. its a 1/2 ton automatic truck doesnt have the towing package with the aux . oil & trans cooler. Will need a engine and tires. I had a engine last week. I had a 94 extended cab with a good engine. Rough old truck. However my sons pickup burned and I gave him the 94.
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:31 PM   #2
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I'd keep an eye out for a good engine to slap in it. There's a guy in Bald Knob who parts out the 88-98 trucks all the time.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:03 PM   #3
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I'd keep an eye out for a good engine to slap in it. There's a guy in Bald Knob who parts out the 88-98 trucks all the time.
I have a 4.3 V6 throttle body that I could put in it. I bet as long as its been setting the fuel pump is shot and the tank needs a good cleaning. I was told that it overheated and they got different heads and had them redone and it just never got put back together. The 5.7engine in it is so rusty it would need a rebuild before it could be ran.
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:31 PM   #4
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

Ok I went this afternoon and took a garden hose and washed the mud from the undercarriage. inflated the front tires and washed the rat turds and nest off the engine and engine bay. blew the block dry with compressed air draine the oil & water from the pan. sprayed the engine with WD40. its a former rebuilt block. the pistons are .040 oversize. The son told me there was less than 2000 miles on the engine?
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:03 AM   #5
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

Well, what's the front end like?

Most of them need everything: ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman, idler, and CV axles.

I bought my 89 for $800 and it ran good (still does) but needed a bunch of stuff. Still even running the same tires but they are pretty old and cracked.
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:17 PM   #6
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Well, what's the front end like?

Most of them need everything: ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman, idler, and CV axles.

I bought my 89 for $800 and it ran good (still does) but needed a bunch of stuff. Still even running the same tires but they are pretty old and cracked.
All the front end components are in good cond. Probably worth fixing. However I have plenty of trucks. And I hate to spend $250 on a bonded title when I only paid $190 for the truck LOL. I think if they find the title I will fix it and use it some. Something I was told the guy said sometimes the trans wouldn't shift and you had to raise up and set down in the seat and it would then shift because of some component wired in the drivers seat?
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

The executor of the estate should be able to request a duplicate of a lost title and sign it over to you.
He has the legal right and duty to do this. It's part of the job.
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Old 07-26-2020, 09:00 AM   #9
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

No matter what, you could sell it for more than scrap money due to being a rust free body. In many parts of the country finding these trucks w/o rust is a tough thing to find. They run for hundreds of thousands of miles, last longer than the body. Interest in these as simpler older great looking trucks is ever increasing and the clean trucks ain't so cheap anymore. Most are old enough to run historic tags on them now too. Heck, here in Maryland they dropped from 25 to back only 20 years
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No matter what, you could sell it for more than scrap money due to being a rust free body. In many parts of the country finding these trucks w/o rust is a tough thing to find. They run for hundreds of thousands of miles, last longer than the body. Interest in these as simpler older great looking trucks is ever increasing and the clean trucks ain't so cheap anymore. Most are old enough to run historic tags on them now too. Heck, here in Maryland they dropped from 25 to back only 20 years
Here in Arkansas they raised it from 25 to 45 years. Greedy SOB's in govt.

Did it last year too, right before Dad could have gotten antique tags on his 95.
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That is overbearing gov't right there. I was truly amazed when All about regulating the public Maryland rolled it back in a time when it is not uncommon the see 20 year old vehicles still in daily use. I ran the '92 I bought new for 22 years, working it every mile. I smell a rat. I figure they did it to encourage more improper use on daily drivers for those wanting to get around the one time, when first titling & registering, thorough safety inspection for their beater rust bucket, 4-tone, red tape tail lamp, Visqueen side glass Sentra so they can nail them. It sounds wacky, but not long after they went to 20 years, and you did start seeing the tail dragging Sentras with trunk lid strapped down over a load of tools with ladder on top displaying historic plates, now a crack down on the same laws for use that were rarely enforced all the years I've been driving are being enforced quite strictly.

On the other hand, they began a permanent plate/registration program for vehicles 50 years and older. I have no idea, really, why they kicked it back to 20, but I see it going the other way at some point. The law can't issue safety equipment violations to a vehicle that wasn't required to be inspected in the first place
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Here's an example I want to relate to this original post. I found a rustfree '94 C3500 regular cab single rear truck that had a front end accident. No left fender, hood grille/support, engine, or trans for $600. Interior is nice being this truck had very low miles. I would only consider buying it if I had a donor with engine & trans complete with all missing related underhood components, or at least all the components/harness. This truck in this thread only needs another engine with all that other stuff still there. No different than an old pre-electronic/computer controlled vehicle. EZ PZ
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

Its just a way to get funds for the state. I do not know about every state, but most I have run across if you get an antique or classic tag, you also have restrictions on it (most it can't be a DD). Down here it is 25 years and no restrictions. Of course our tags are expensive here for newer stuff as many of you taxes come from the tag. I am told it was set up that way since so many folks don't own land (or didn't) thus they couldn't collect taxes. Far as the truck, as many said they are super popular. Folks down here will replace the engine multiple times to keep the things running. I am not sure I would trust the engine shown in your pictures. Way to much rust on the cylinder walls.
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Re: 88 chevy 4 wheel drive fix it or junk it?

Here in Arkansas They now if you let the insurance lapse send you a letter telling you to bring the tag to the revenue office. If you don't comply they send the state police to get the plate. If you decide to start driving it again you have to pay a extra $100 fee or fine whatever you want to call it. I haven't did anything to the 88 yet. I bought a kinda rough 2002 yesterday. runs good 4 wheel drive and air cond works. I actually drove it home. It ran like crap on the old stale gas, I added 5 gallons of fresh gas and a can of ChemTool and that fixed it. only paid $500 I might part it out and swap the engine in to the 88? I likely will do whatever comes first. Im truck poor anyway. I have a real nice 2006 Silverado 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive extended cab. 6.0 engine Allison trans . 14000 tow package. Its become my daily driver handles a trailer really well.
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Its just a way to get funds for the state. I do not know about every state, but most I have run across if you get an antique or classic tag, you also have restrictions on it (most it can't be a DD). Down here it is 25 years and no restrictions. Of course our tags are expensive here for newer stuff as many of you taxes come from the tag. I am told it was set up that way since so many folks don't own land (or didn't) thus they couldn't collect taxes. Far as the truck, as many said they are super popular. Folks down here will replace the engine multiple times to keep the things running. I am not sure I would trust the engine shown in your pictures. Way to much rust on the cylinder walls.
Yes it would need a rebore to be viable. Im kinda a hoarder have way too many projects. However I do sell stuff. In 1998 I went a entire year without buying one vehicle and sold 10 and lots of parts. My inventory is constantly changing it never gets smaller .At present Im actively Parting out 16 73 thru 86 square cab trucks. Mostly advertise on facebook Marketplace.
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What's your handle on bookface? If I ever have time to dig back into the 83 I know I need a couple of small odds and ends.
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Here in Arkansas They now if you let the insurance lapse send you a letter telling you to bring the tag to the revenue office. If you don't comply they send the state police to get the plate. If you decide to start driving it again you have to pay a extra $100 fee or fine whatever you want to call it.

Man I haven't ever heard of that happening. With all the folks driving around here without insurance they must not do it in the Delta!
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Man I haven't ever heard of that happening. With all the folks driving around here without insurance they must not do it in the Delta!
New law just went in effect July 1st.
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