My '88 K1500 Sportside has the 305cid TBI and currently has 258,000 mi. on
it and runs really well. There is a puff of smoke at initial startup after
sitting overnight, I figured it is probably valve guides. Not a real issue
at this point in time.
What I am debating about is whether to keep the 305 and have it rebuilt when
the need arises, or to scrap the 305cid and go 350cid or 383cid. The 305
with 258,000mi is all stock and has never been cracked open for major work.
So a bore and rebuild would be fairly cost effective, but on the other
hand.... a bit more get up and go would be nice.
Does anyone have any opinions on the advantages vs. disadvantages would
be...... for example... cost, mpg, complications during swap etc....
I currently get about 15 to 17 mpg. What could I expect with a 350cid or
I definately want to keep the truck for a while, it has never been wrecked,
never bumped....(with the exception of 3 door dings about the size of a
dime) and has absolutely no rust in it anywhere. Everything in it works with
the exception of the oil pressure gauge, which I believe to be a bad sending
unit. I am only the second owner with all paperwork.
Any input would be appreciated.