Hoping y'all can help me out here... I'm not exactly an expert when it
comes to these things, but I'm looking at buying a '77 Chevy Pickup.
It's a 3/4 ton Silverado with a 350.
A mechanic owned it for years. It seems in good shape mechanically
(but not cosmetically). It supposedly has 75000 original miles on its
original motor. It has a new battery, 3 new tires and a new
My question I suppose is: What should I look for in checking it out?
What should I ask? Etc.
The guy wants 1200 bucks for it.
What sort of advice can you give me on buying this truck?
Few things.....look for oil, tranny fluid, diff fluid, etc. leaks. Look in
the engine compartment for head gasket problems, or even valve cover leaks.
If the motor looks like it has been pressure washed, or freshly
cleaned....beware. Make sure the tranny shifts smoothly. Look at the
exhaust when you start it for any signifigant amount of blue (oil) smoke.
Check to see if the four wheel drive works (if equipped). I do this by
putting it in four low, and crank the wheel as hard one direction, and give
it a little gas.....it should hop around a bit, but dont go crazy. Also,
with that few miles on a 77....id check for signs of wear making one think
that it has maybe 177 thousand miles on her....Just some stuff to try. For
the price there aint much that will beat it. And mechanics usually take
pretty good care of their vehicles....so, best of luck to you!
They are pretty good trucks and engines.
Leaks can be an issue, just because of age, not mileage.
For that price, if it isn't a smoker or a pin cushion for oil you can't
go too wrong.
Things like brakes and exhaust fail from age too, but they are easy
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
Not a bad deal if mileage is correct. The only thing in these years
that I would look for is RUST. Mid 70's were bad for GM using what
they called recycled or just plain shitty sheet metal. They were prone
to early deterioration. Camshafts were an issue in these years but I'm
thinking that if I remember correctly that it was more in the 305's
than the 350's. Good luck.
Alright. Thank you all for your help.
I bought the truck. ... So, now more help please. . .
I've noticed that there is a slight tremble when in drive but at a
complete stop. I didn't notice this when I originally test drove it
last week. I payed careful attention then, so I imagine this is new.
Also, the truck smells like gas. It's quite strong. This wasn't
there last week either.
Any ideas on potential problems?
Again, Thank You.
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