Re: Kinda O/T - Whats a lot of miles on a 454 Chevy?
It depends greatly on how hard it was used. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one with that kind of mileage IF it had proper maintenance. I'd assert that one used to its max towing capacity constantly, but taken good care of will far outlast one used for commuting but never maintainted. Is it 4wd? If it is, you're probably gonna be looking at some CV shafts pretty soon. Even if it is 2wd, check the front end for tightness--idler arms, ball joints--these are pretty notorious on IFS Chevys, although since it is a 1 ton, that should be minimized. Easiest way to check if you're serious about the truck is to jack up the front end, get underneath, and have someone try to wiggle the tires, up and down and side to side. The trannies are pretty strong in those--but obviously, check the fluid, and see how it shifts. If you drive it, it should shift well, and evenly, with no great rise in RPMs when shifting under hard acceleration.
I'm really wondering about that price though--As I figure it, a 2wd loaded 97 Crew Cab Dually with 454 and 105K should run in the neighborhood of $17,000 from a private party. If it's 4wd, figure closer to $19. Realistic purchase price is probably around $15 or so. Why is he so low on price? Something's gotta be wrong. Its value is much higher than his price, unless there is something seriously wrong. I checked kelly blue book <a target="_blank" href=http://www.kbb.com>http://www.kbb.com</a> and I called work to get a price on it. He's way LOW LOW LOW. Now obviously, if he just doesn't have a clue, BUY IT! But I'd check that puppy over really closely to see what is the matter with it.