Chevy Trucks To Buy And Not To Buy Explained By A Chevrolet Mechanic
Used trucks and the end of an era
Gone are the days of having to find an old used truck in good condition for a few hundred dollars. I discovered this just a few years ago when I returned to the United States and was looking for a used truck to restore as part of a new project that would become my primary vehicle. Yes, those trucks were still there; however, we’re talking $10,000+ for the makes and models I liked, having a carburetor to power the engine, points to control timing, and a body that looked like what a truck should still look like — – don’t get me started on these new SUV-looking truck models.
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You’d think it wasn’t really that bad a few years ago. But I had two other requirements—no abandoned truck projects that someone had already torn up and abandoned, or trucks with rusty bodywork. There’s nothing quite like finding a truck that looks promising on the outside only to discover hidden rust damage so severe that the cab is resting on the steering column. And nothing screams “RED FLAG” like a used vehicle with its engine shredded in the truck or the back of a truck.
thumb through a Hemmings Motor News classic car guide and you will find endless old model unfinished cars and trucks for sale in all sorts of disrepair that a conscious key recognizes will likely lead to desperation and bankruptcy.
On the inside, I think the fault for all of this is with the popular car shows that made restoration and repair easy, quick and cool. I feel like these shows attracted a lot of misguided enthusiasts, which drove up used truck prices and created piles of discarded parts in the back of so many trucks for sale. But—like I said—that’s my guess and I’ll leave it to a sociologist to possibly write about what’s happened over the past decade to old used trucks.
Pitfalls and Benefits of Used Trucks
There are a number of pitfalls when it comes to rebuilding an older model truck. The main one is to find original parts. Not impossible, but it can be very difficult. Luckily, some companies sell restoration parts, and you’ll learn how to modify your original plan and find a compromise. You may find it wise to buy two copies of the same model and use the one in poorer condition as a source of parts.
The benefits after all the aggravation and dollars spent is when you find out that it wasn’t the end product of the completed project, but the journey that was worth it.
That said, rather than dwell on restoring an older model truck—or just finding a used one that would make a good “beater” truck with a few repairs—here’s an interesting video from the YouTube channel of car assistant which discusses what he knows about Chevy trucks from the 1970s to 2008 while guiding viewers on which models to buy and which to avoid, which includes tips to help you find the truck era you like, to you and your wallet.
In the video you will learn
• The different eras of Chevy trucks from the 1970s to 2008
• Differences between eras and what they mean when it comes to reparations
• Models that had features you might want to avoid in a truck
• Common issues and pitfalls you can expect in several models
• Whether parts are always readily available… or not
• How they compared in terms of performance and whether they were reliable
• What you can expect to pay for a used truck
What’s the beef with Chevy Trucks? Car Wizard shares their differences and what to buy and what not to buy!
What do you think of old trucks? Let us know in the comments section below your experiences and your favorite.
For additional articles on used vehicles, here are two articles to consider: “Consumer Reports Lists What’s New in Small Pickup Trucks” and “Everything You Need to Know About Buying Car Tires and truck”.
Timothy Boyer is a Cincinnati-based automotive reporter for Torque News. Experienced in early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news on new and used vehicles.
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