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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2004, 02:50 PM
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Re: looking at an 88 2500

If it's an 88 with a 5-speed, I'm assuming that the truck is a Light Duty 6-lug 2500. The trans would be a Getrag unless it's been swapped. You can tell by looking, the Getrag is a one piece aluminum trans, while the NV4500 is cast iron and has a separate bellhousing. IMO, a stock TBI 350 is not enough motor to tow vehicles with. If towing is what you're after, I'd look for an 8-lug truck with a Big Block, or a newer Vortec truck. On the front end, check the CV boots for cracks, the housing for leaks, and the front end components for excessive wear. If you're willing to modify, the TBI trucks are a great starting point and are easier to work on then the newer trucks.
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