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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 05:24 AM
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Help me decide 73-87 or 67-72 3/4 ton

Well folks,

I've lurked here for over 4yrs when I got my 94 blazer. Now I need some real help. I'm selling my vette to get back into the 4WD thing( sold 79jeep to get vette). OK here's the problem I can't decide what year chevy to get. I mostly want a work truck with some off road use. Prolly 33's and mild lift. I want SFA so I looked at a real nice 80 auto new paint and tires 120k miles else real nice. Only $2800 no rust I heard the 80's have a good tansfercase anything else for some +'s. The other was a 68 k10 with a dump bed 4spd (+++) and a 327 54K miles for $2700 in nice shape needs paint and some body work I din't see it yet. It's a 60 mi drive to get it. I like the looks of both. I'm leaning twords the 80 for newer, then I go back to the 68 for looks and 4spd. Right now in my life I just can't get into another project only weekend work. The engine isn't a factor I'm putting a long block together on the side for a swap in the future.

Can someone push me in one direction or the other, pros and cons of both trucks.

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Where are you from? (fill out your profile) Something to think about possibly would be emisions since the 60s model would probably be clear of them I think. In my book I would look for a K30 1 ton truck or a cucv military truck for the D60/ 14FF axles and drivetrain. The 80s truck probably has more creature comforts compared to the old iron too.
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Ya, I'm torn between classic and comfort. Emissions aren't a real threat yet, but it was one consideration. I did not think it would to big an issue since it still a carb truck. Not sure if cats are involved or other emissions. I think I'll look at the 68 and then decide.

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I looked at the 68. Yuck. It was a lot closer than I thought. The body was rotten in all the usual places corners and wheel wells, The frame looked like KFC nasty. Drive trane was fantastic 8 lug rears dana 60's great motor and trany. It would make a great beater or body swap truck. I will continue the hunt.

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Re: Help me decide 73-87 or 67-72 3/4 ton

If you want a 67-72, id get a 71 or 72 K20, front discs, and if you look around you may find one with an eaton rear which is a bit stronger than a 14Bff the down side to these years is that the front axle shafts have 260x joints instead of the larger and later models 297x. but i havent broken mine yet (how, i dont know, im running 38's with 5.13 gears) But as soon as i do im gettin a dana 60 ( sooner rather than later) but you should be fine if you stick with less than 34 inch tires.
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Re: Help me decide 73-87 or 67-72 3/4 ton

The 70-72 was far more refined than the 67-69. The 71-72 ones had disk brakes. My Dad had every single year of these trucks (and multiple 71s) and he said the 70 and 71s were his favorite. He said something about 72s having different cosmetics than the previous ones but I thought 71-72s were all the same. Who knows. All I remember is a baby blue 71 5/4 ton he had that we hauled gravel with.

If I were in a position to wait I'd either wait for a 71-72 or a 81-87. The 73-80 ones were pretty ugly in my book.

Just keep an eye out for one with limited rust. Body panel rust is a lot easier to fix than cab or frame rust.

I picked up my 84 for $1900. It was about $300 more than I wanted to pay for it but I was limited on time. It had a solid floor until I ran one winter with it. I replaced the doors, inner wheelwells, and front fenders instead of doing body work. It had a 305 in it when I got it. The reason I got it was because it had low miles (64k) and never had anyone but the dealer work on it. That meant no cobbles which are abundant around here.

Anyway, if you can wait, wait until something comes along that's a steal.
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70-71's have a grille with a horizontal chrome stripe in the middle of it. the 72's are all silver eggcrate.
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Great input folks,

I got another line a 71 3/4 stepside w/307 4spd and running parts truck, say's some rust inspected till May. I have a feeling this would be a project also. I have to call after 5pm. My only haste would be so my better half does'nt find a better use for the money.


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Would a 83 1/2 ton 8ft gmc with a rebuilt 400sb and a rebuilt th350. Like new interior and all the body work done. Just needs paint be worth $3000 asking price(new 31" tires/rims). I am still leaning twords the 71-72 idea. The bodies seem rotten on all of these and not the easy stuff. I am in no hurry just not good at waiting.

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<font color="blue"> I'd say it is. Is it shot with primer at least? You could spray it yourslef if you wnated for pretty cheap. (Look what Drey did to his truck for only a few hendred bones I think.) A truck with a nice rust free body and good drivetrain could easily sell for more then that. </font color>
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