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89 chevy short bed

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by 81c1500, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. 81c1500

    81c1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I am buying a 89 Chevy shortbed with the 305 tbi and 5-speed manual tranny. Does anybody have any info about the truck reliability, quirks, etc. I test drove the truck last week and the engine appears to be alot stronger than my current 250cid. I did notice that the speedometer ( which is a rising bar instead of the pointer) appears to hang up. But the truck cost 1k and my hope is to have a street toy. Thanks for any input.
  2. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    "street toy" If it is 4wd the ball joint's were notoriously weak, and the 5 spd won't take much abuse (2 or 4wd). Speedos in the '89's suck (but not as much as the '88's).
  3. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Not sure why you say the 5 speed won't take abuse... my friend has an '88 with 350/5 speed 2wd that does heavy towing (tractors and farm equipment) and often bounces thru fields etc. Always driven by rough employees and an even more rough father ;)

    The truck has something ridiculous like 600 000kms and has never ever had the tranny apart before.

    Agreed, though, the speedo sucks.