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The $1000 decision

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Given the two possibilities, which would you choose for the same $1000 price tag:

    Option 1.
    "1979 chevy 3/4 ton 2 wheel drive pick up has 454, auto, a/c, cruise, power brakes and steering. needs carb. rebuilt and possible lifters replaced. Has good tires and body. 1980 11' camper has shower/toilet, propane heater, non-working fridge, missing hot water heater, broken sky light cover. One camper jack is pulled off camper and others are starting to become loose. I do have all four hyd. jacks. Both units are in good shape for their age but do require some repairs"
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    a 1979 Chevy 3/4 ton 2wd Crew Cab, 14,000 miles on a 454 rebuilt 10 years ago, TH400 tranny, 5th wheel hitch and regular hitch, fiberglass canopy. Body rough, has rust and dents. Strong running motor. No picture.
     
  2. afroman006

    afroman006 1/2 ton status

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    Get the crewcab, you already have like 2 RVs right?
     
  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    NIETHER...


    Put that $1000 into something you already own. A little bit of "focus" might help.....


    (this from a guy with 6 vehicles currently!) :laugh:
     
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    another for put it into something you already have. I see no need to buy either one of those. :confused:
     
  5. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    One of the two 454's would be getting put into something I have. :D Thats why I'm after them. It's my year for re-collecting big blocks again.
     
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    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    3 motorhomes, 8 camp/travel trailers and 15 cabover pickup campers to be exact. Maybe more, I lost count.
     
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    if its the year to collect big blocks, collect big blocks, not big block trucks.
     
  8. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Thats the only way I get parts for mine. Buying a whole truck and re-selling the rest. Otherwise I'd actually have to put money into vehicles without getting all or most of what I spent back again.

    I think I just like getting vehicles.
     
  9. pvfjr

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    That's not the way it works...:screwy: Besides, being from IN, I just know you appreciate a body like that for $1000.:D

    I vote for the crew cab.
     
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    No ****?:eek1:
     
  11. jekbrown

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    lemme guess... "next year" is the year you actually finish projects and just drive your rigs? ;)

    just giv'in ya some grief... of the two, I'd prolly go with the one that has the best 454. I don't know jack about engines so I try to avoid working on them by making that the focus of my truck buying decision.

    j
     
  12. Russell

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    I'd go for the reg cab if you plan to re-sell, but go for the crewcab if you are looking for a good big block.
     
  13. mountainexplorer

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    Uh oh, now for the same price a '77 K20 with a 465/205 got thrown into the mix, decent running 454 but needs valve cover gaskets. And it has a totally trashed body. Hmmm
     
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    id get the one you can get the most useable, resaleable parts out of.
     
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    get the one without the camper. Older campers are a bear to get rid of. As for big blocks...... who cares. I love the Mouse. 350 bored .040 over with Hyperutectic pistons, balanced and blueprinted, RV cam, edelbrock rpm manifold, edelbrock 700 carb, hedman headers to dual thrush glasspacks. You gotta love the Mouse.
     
  16. mountainexplorer

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    Campers are easy to get rid of around here... cause I'm the one who collects them all. :wink1:
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    Quit teasing yourself and buy em both! You know your going to end up with all of them at some point... I mean seriously I wave at every Chevy because it is you, was yours or will be some day! :haha:

    And when your done I need a set of hubs! :D
     
  18. CustomChevy

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    allan

    a wise man once said


    If you chase two rabbits, they will both get away.





    Use that grand to work on one of your current trucks.
     
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    This is the way I lean. Just think of what $1,000 could do for a vehicle that's already in one's motor pool. It could put lockers on both axles. It could just about put aftermarket EFI on an engine. A rebuild-beefed transmission underneath. So many options to consider. It could improve a truck in many significant ways.
     
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    Not if you have a whole bunch of dogs. :eek1:
     

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