new (to me) 1990 K1500 Silverado

All,
I just bought a 1990 Chevy k1500 Silverado, 5.7L TBI. I bought it as a beater, trips to Home Depot, the dump, stuff like that when the trunk of my
car just ain't quite big enough. What I'm looking for is a website with just general information on it. It came with the manuals but they really didn't go into some of the specifics (like horsepower, towing capacity, stuff like that). Also, I bought the Haynes manual (is there a better one out there?) for any DIY stuff that comes along, but a website that has a bit more extensive repair section would be great.
Next, a stupid question. Is saying "K1500 Silverado" redundant? I know the K1500 describes several models, but is the Silverado only available as a K1500?
Finally (for now at least), I'm looking for a few success/horror/opinion type stories. The truck has 186,000 miles on it. I bought it as a beater, expecting to put a couple thousand miles a year on it. The more I thought about it though, the more it occured to me that I could use it as a daily driver, while restoring my car (91 Audi 200TQ, 149,000 miles). The last thing I would want though, is to own 2 vehicles, and have neither work if the truck goes down. I know that none of you know the condition of the truck, but, at 186,000 miles, am I allready on borrowed time with it? Should I just be happy when it makes it to Home Depot and back (around 4 mile round trip)?
TIA for your advice and help Bill
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312,000 when I rolled my 88. if you haven't done so change all of the fluids and DO NOT let them backflush your transmission
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watch ebay for the factory Service manual.

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up until the current generation, "Silverado" was the top line trim package, it was available on any of the trucks, 2/4wd and 1/2-1 ton. the "K1500" is the actual model name, 1/2 ton, 4wd.

beater,
well, my dad has a '90 C2500 that's got about 270,000 miles on it, and it is his daily driver. he's had no major failures with it. I even towed a 2 horse steel trailer from maine to kentucky and back with 240k on the clock. he had a '88 c1500 before that that finally died at about 450,000 (I say about as the odometer stopped about 8 years before the truck did). I've got a '88 K2500 that's still going strong after 15 years.
HTH, Bret
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K1500 is a 1/2 ton 4x4 PU Silverado is the TRIM LEVEL. There where the W/T Work truck, Cheyenne, the Scotsdale and Silverado in that order from Utility to more luxury trim. 5.7L TBI has 200 hp and is adequate to tow a 24' pontoon boat at 70 mph or a Racecar. Haynes is the best of the manuals other than GM service manuals. I'm at 155,000 miles on my 90 C-1500 and I still have all the original gaskets in there original location. The engine has used 1 quart of oil in 3,000 miles ever since new and continues the same today, The automatic (700r4) is still untouched too.
: All, : : I just bought a 1990 Chevy k1500 Silverado, 5.7L TBI. I bought it as a : beater, trips to Home Depot, the dump, stuff like that when the trunk of my : car just ain't quite big enough. What I'm looking for is a website with : just general information on it. It came with the manuals but they really : didn't go into some of the specifics (like horsepower, towing capacity, : stuff like that). Also, I bought the Haynes manual (is there a better one : out there?) for any DIY stuff that comes along, but a website that has a bit : more extensive repair section would be great. : : Next, a stupid question. Is saying "K1500 Silverado" redundant? I know the : K1500 describes several models, but is the Silverado only available as a : K1500? : : Finally (for now at least), I'm looking for a few success/horror/opinion : type stories. The truck has 186,000 miles on it. I bought it as a beater, : expecting to put a couple thousand miles a year on it. The more I thought : about it though, the more it occured to me that I could use it as a daily : driver, while restoring my car (91 Audi 200TQ, 149,000 miles). The last : thing I would want though, is to own 2 vehicles, and have neither work if : the truck goes down. I know that none of you know the condition of the : truck, but, at 186,000 miles, am I allready on borrowed time with it? : Should I just be happy when it makes it to Home Depot and back (around 4 : mile round trip)? : : TIA for your advice and help : Bill : :
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