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Posted: 1/30/2006 12:07:02 PM EDT
I'm in the market for a beater pickup and have started looking at 1980s era fullsize pickups. If I'm going fullsize I'm going V8, but I don't know who made the most reliable ones, Ford, Dodge, or Chevy. I had a 1987 Ramcharger that ran great for me but I need the open bed now.

What would ya'll suggest?
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:00:40 PM EDT
as far as 80's trucks go, I notice mostly chevys, up here in wisconsin, but 1980's vehicles are rare up here anymore.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:08:42 PM EDT
I prefer the 87' Chevys as they were the old body style but had Throttle body fuel injection.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:14:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By numbers:
I prefer the 87' Chevys as they were the old body style but had Throttle body fuel injection.



My 87'
Ditched the tbi 350 and put in a 455 olds.
76' in the background with 400 cid
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 1:37:31 PM EDT
4x4 Chevy's.

DO NOT GET THE 305!!!!

Same shitty mileage as the 350, but less power.

I guess it is reliable, though.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 2:47:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2006 2:47:58 PM EDT by deej86]

Originally Posted By WIZZO_ARAKM14:
4x4 Chevy's.

DO NOT GET THE 305!!!!

Same shitty mileage as the 350, but less power.

I guess it is reliable, though.

WIZZO


Wizzo I wonder if the 80's 305's are short on power, my dad's late 90's 305 can ALMOST squeal the tires.

For what it's all worth:

My dad once had a '88 Chevy 1 ton 2WD, with a 350 and a 3/4 speed manual. He used it as a work vehicle with a utillity box on back. Had very little problem out of it, till it got stolen.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 5:01:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:

Wizzo I wonder if the 80's 305's are short on power, my dad's late 90's 305 can ALMOST squeal the tires.




Fuel injection helped them a little, but that didn't come along until I was a year old (1987).

The ones before that had carbs on them and sucked for power. I have one lying around our farm that I pulled out of my Blazer when I threw the 350 in it. There is no way you could get me to put it back in there.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 11:56:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By WIZZO_ARAKM14:
4x4 Chevy's.

DO NOT GET THE 305!!!!

Same shitty mileage as the 350, but less power.

I guess it is reliable, though.

WIZZO



+1, BTDT.

FWIW I have had better luck with 80's GM trucks than the others, YMMV.
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