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    Cool Scottsdale information

    Hi Members! I recently purchased a 1986 Chevy Scottsdale 4 x 4 and am in the process of restoring it.

    Anyone out there have a 1986 Scottsdale? What problems have you had, and how did you solve them?

    What about maintenance? How often do you change the oil and such? What is the most common problem with these trucks? What kind of tires do you recommend? Currently has 38-inch swampers, but I do a lot of driving on rugged mountain roads out here in Nevada. Any tire suggestions?

    This is the first Scottsdale I have owned, so I'm in the dark. Any information would be appreciated.

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    I have an '88 Silverado so there's not much difference in the systems, only the bodies. There aren't many common problems with these. I change my engine oil & filter & grease it every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Change the trans fluid & gear oils every 30,000 miles. You should check & probably replace yours now because you don't know when the last owner did them. If you cruise the dusty trails of Nevada very often you should check your air filter after every trip. Change your brake fluid every 3 or 4 years (every 2 is what's recommended by those in the know) change your power steering fluid about every 5 years & you'll get more years out of the pump & st. box. As far as tires that's a matter of personal prefrence & the type of driving you do the most, so if you're happy with your swampers keep em.

    **edit I don't know if you'll have this problem in a dry climate like Nevada, but in wet climates on muddy roads the Scottsdales sometimes have an issue with the lower front fender drains clogging up & the lower fender edges start rusting out. Slide a wire up in there & make sure they're cleaned out so the water can run through. Best way to test them is to run a garden hose down between the inner fender & see that it runs out good.
    Last edited by stephan; 06-04-2011 at 04:29 PM.
    1988 Chevy C-3500 2wd (no pic)
    350 c.i. 5.7 L Stock Block, 4 Bolt Mains
    L-31 Vortec Heads, Edelbrock Cam & Intake,
    Holley 650, Flowtech Headers, Magnaflow exh.
    Jet Trans 700R4, B&M Ratchet, 4:10 gears,
    3" susp. lift kit "shadetree"
    No rev limiter, No speed limiter lol

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    welcome to the club, scott-2011

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.

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    Welcome to the Club!

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    Sounds like a great project. Would love to see some pics and follow your progress.
    2009 GMC Sierra 5.3L running on E85
    Black and chrome
    Volant CAI
    Borla dual exhaust
    Chrome Billet grill
    Tonneau cover
    4300k High/Low Beam HIDs
    Westin Ultimate Bull Bar with PIAA 540s
    Blacked-out tail and third brake light

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    Welcome to the club!! I am always interested in hearing info about '87-'90 trucks, as I have one myself. Keep us posted on what you find out! And enjoy your new truck!!
    Myself, my beautiful wife
    3 - boys
    3 - minivans
    1 - '89 Chevy K2500 Silverado Truck
    1 - 27 foot travel trailer
    Not enough family time!

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    Welcome aboard.
    Youve got a great platform to work with for a project truck, parts are readily available, from 1973 to 1987 I think someone somewhere did everything you could do to a truck in one of those square body Chevy/GMC's.
    Probably the only big issue is the corrosion one Stephan pointed out.

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    Welcome to GMTC

    2009 Silverado 1500
    5.3L / 3.73 G80 / 4spd / 4x4 / LWB/ Ext Cab / HD Tow-Haul
    2.25in ReadyLift Level Kit / 3in blocks/ 3500lb HellWig / 265x65x17 Wrangler AT
    K&N Filter / AirRaid MIT / MagnaFlow 2.25" Dual Exhaust / HyperTech MaxEnergy

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    welcome to the club
    2008 TAHOE LT, volant powercore, superchips programmer

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    Welcome aboard!


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

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