My 32 year old 1980 Silverado listed in my sig continues to run...even after
towing a +14K lb utility trailer that bent the Silverado's frame rail during a
hellish ride coming down a windfarm in the Tehachapi Pass (Pajeula Peak, former Arbutus).
It weighed well over 7K lbs, that for a 'heavy half' of it's day with a 6,200 lb GVWR
Praise Dyno Braking shoes and pads with a larger MC & double chamber power assist
Built 5.7L (SS valves, 280 cam, head work, 4 bolt, Edelbrock Performer intake &
carb, etc) along with a built automatic. 3.73's with 33/12.5R15LT load range C's on alloy 15x8's...can still beat up many 'cars' out
on the boulevard when out there cruising after a run to the hardware store...
Think on it's 3rd AC compressor. Also it's 2nd radiator.
HD U-Joints and shocks. 1 ton coil helper springs on the rear axle.
40,000 lb rated ATF cooler in front of the main radiator. Cold, ram air into the
OEM filter canister, which has the OEM over sized air filter.
Silverado was the highest trim level back then...not the model line it is today.
No power anything (crank windows).
It is approaching 500K miles. Sig is old and can't change it...else have to par
it down as the new rules limits the number of characters allowed
Works for me, but most here would have tossed it decades ago. Plus it
has sentimental value...dad gave it to me after abusing it for years
as their mom'n pop grocery/butcher shop truck.
Current TV is a 1996 GMT400 8.6K GVWR Suburban K3500/4x4/7.4L/4.1/SLT (highest
Now in the shop getting a new steering box because I wore out the OEM one.
Was looking at going to diesel, but after reading the futures back in the
early 2000's, decided to avoid the EPA mandated SMOG freight train coming down
Most likely will NEVER buy new again, as the fashion statement crowd has driven
the new trucks into pure luxury with little of the 'truckness' I like/love/demand
Plus can't work on the new trucks, as the OEMs have dumbed it down by ever increasing
complexity with computer controlled everything.
If me, I'd just keep it and fix whatever till the wheels fall off or
can't/won't fix it anymore. Would still have my 1973 K5 Blazer, but
the body rusted badly and the now Ex said I had to sell it...
Sold my 1970 FJ40 for the K5 because of her...should'a kept the FJ40
and dumped her...
-Ben Picture of my rig
1996 GMC SLT Suburban 3/4 ton K3500/7.4L/4:1/+150Kmiles orig owner...
1980 Chevy Silverado C10/long bed/"BUILT" 5.7L/3:73/1 ton helper springs/+329Kmiles, bought it from dad...
1998 Mazda B2500 (1/2 ton) pickup, 2nd owner...
Praise Dyno Brake equiped and all have "nose bleed" braking!
Previous trucks/offroaders: 40's Jeep restored in mid 60's / 69 DuneBuggy (approx +1K lb: VW pan/200hpCorvair: eng, cam, dual carb'w velocity stacks'n 18" runners, 4spd transaxle) made myself from ground up / 1970 Toyota FJ40 / 1973 K5 Blazer (2dr Tahoe, 1 ton axles front/rear, +255K miles when sold it)...
Sold the boat (looking for another): Trophy with twin 150's...
51 cylinders in household, what's yours?...