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#4614752 - 12/26/17 02:08 PM Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab
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Registered: 12/16/06
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Loc: Baltimore, Maryland
I am thinking of buying a 1991 Chevrolet Pickup 1500 C/K extended cab that I've been offered. It's through an estate. The owner has passed and the family is selling the truck.

Appears to be in good shape, it's a V8, most likely a 350 5.7L or a 5.0L. Can't get much useful info from the seller as she knows very little. It has approx. 122k miles on it. Appears to be the long bed with the extended cab.

If I were to buy it, I'd get historic plates and Insurance on it which would end up being $100-$150 per year. I would use it for Home Depot runs.


Any known problems with these? Advice?
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#4614755 - 12/26/17 02:11 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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#4614757 - 12/26/17 02:15 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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That's pretty cool, they're pretty dependable. I'd go for it, looks clean.
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#4614764 - 12/26/17 02:29 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Registered: 12/28/05
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I'd love to find something like that. If the price is right, jump on it.

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#4614771 - 12/26/17 02:39 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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What would be considered a good price?

These have a timing chain, correct?

Any known problems or anything I should watch out for?
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#4614772 - 12/26/17 02:39 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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If the price is right.. I probably would. I mean, it's surpassed by today's trucks but then it wouldn't cost like today's trucks--and if it meets your needs, then why spend more? Benefits of EFI but with cheap parts. Classic looks. Ease of repair.

1991, should be throttle body, not a powerhouse but pretty darn reliable, if not a bit thirsty. 4 speed auto, some go early, some last long, but regardless it should be cheap enough to rebuild (GM only made 50 million of those 700R4's (4L60 by then?)). Part time 4WD, not sure if there are any vacuum actuated hubs or whatnot, but I wouldn't think those would be that problematic. Not sure that there is anything here that isn't supported by the aftermarket.

Only issue I would see is if you're not used to a long vehicle. And the part time 4WD system.

Edit: timing chain, yes.


Edited by supton (12/26/17 02:39 PM)
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#4614787 - 12/26/17 02:55 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Registered: 11/30/09
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That's a good looking pickup. If the A/C is working and its running/driving fine that's a $3500 truck minimum around here.
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#4614812 - 12/26/17 03:26 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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gmt400 (88-98) are the best. i had a 92 a lot like that. 240k+ on the original engine and it ran perfect. tranny is the weak point but that goes for all trucks of any brand pretty much. i paid $2300 for mine, the body had no rust but plenty of dents, interior was perfect and everything worked perfectly except the radio. then again everything here in marin county is expensive.
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#4614843 - 12/26/17 04:05 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Registered: 10/04/08
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From the looks of that's passenger side mirror attached to the door most likely pulled a trailer at some point in it's life.
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#4614868 - 12/26/17 04:21 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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You have room inside for it? Bet it didn't stay in that condition sitting outside. The doors will droop but hinge kits are cheap and easy. That would be a highway champ with the loooong wheelbase, too bad you'll short trip it but if it works for you why not. She's a classic.
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#4614886 - 12/26/17 04:33 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: supton]
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Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
I would go for it if the price is reasonable, but I could be biased.
Originally Posted By: supton
If the price is right.. I probably would. I mean, it's surpassed by today's trucks but then it wouldn't cost like today's trucks--and if it meets your needs, then why spend more? Benefits of EFI but with cheap parts. Classic looks. Ease of repair.

1991, should be throttle body, not a powerhouse but pretty darn reliable, if not a bit thirsty. 4 speed auto, some go early, some last long, but regardless it should be cheap enough to rebuild (GM only made 50 million of those 700R4's (4L60 by then?)). Part time 4WD, not sure if there are any vacuum actuated hubs or whatnot, but I wouldn't think those would be that problematic. Not sure that there is anything here that isn't supported by the aftermarket.

Only issue I would see is if you're not used to a long vehicle. And the part time 4WD system.

Edit: timing chain, yes.


The timing chain is very short and very reliable, and the whole drivetrain is reliable and easy to service. The TBI system can be a bit finicky to troubleshoot for driveability, but it almost never quits.

The 4wd system has one weak link, but it is an easy fix. The electro-thermal actuator for the front axle lock may stop working or be slow to engage. The permanent fix is a manual cable actuator, or a permanent lock. http://4x4posi-lok.com/app_chevy-k.html

I have the permanently locked version (although it only takes an allen key and and a couple of minutes to crawl under and unlock it for a highway trip), so the front driveshaft always spins with the wheels, even if the transfer case is in 2WD. I don't care about the slight fuel economy hit, or the increased wear on the front driveshaft.
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#4614938 - 12/26/17 05:23 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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That should be a flat tappet engine. Use an oil appropriate for that, although many of those trucks ran forever on the cheapest fill one could find. HDEO would not be a bad idea.

Where the transmission is concerned; it's a 700R4. Not a bad trans, but not a good one either. Plenty of info out there on its weak spots, but I think clinebarger will chime in with significantly more specific detail.

Keep the OCI'S short unless you know for certain through UOA that it isn't a fuel dilution monster.
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#4614947 - 12/26/17 05:28 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Pretty good trucks. The engine is bullet proof. The front suspension is the weak link on them. They dont hold an alignment long and eat tires.
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#4614971 - 12/26/17 05:45 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 1414
Loc: USA
These go through fuel pumps and ignition modules with some regularity. Definitely carry a spare module, they will just quit and leave you stone dead. The rest of the TBI system is quite reliable, though as noted it can get into weird driveability problems.

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#4614978 - 12/26/17 05:52 PM Re: Thoughts- 1991 Chevy Pickup C/K 1500 V8 4WD Xt Cab [Re: Spartuss]
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That truck screams old man! I like it.
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