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    Cool New Guy from Arvada, Colorado

    Hi my name is Sam i recently just acquired a 1988 Chevy C2500 2wd with a 5.7l V8 it runs pretty good only has 110K miles on it im looking to find out common problems and worth while upgrades to do to it. Just looking for some overall advice. I'm in Colorado and i work as a entry level mechanic so i have the tools and work area to accomplish some thing ha ha.

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    Welcome Aboard!
    you should be able to find all you need here, there are plenty of good guys on here!

    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 aboard!!
    Mike

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

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

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    Welcome to the club, Sam. Sounds like a sweet truck (only 110,000 miles). I would start with the basics, new air&fuel filters, pcv valve, cap,rotor, spark plugs & wires, oil and transmission fluid change, clean the throttlebody (don't use carb cleaner) and change rear end fluid. Most people on this site have found that GM's seem to like A/C Delco spark plugs.
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    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
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    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.
    :glasses:

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    Welcome to the site, sounds like you found a pretty good truck
    Go-Recon "xtreme" amber scanning tail gate light strip, Cobra ultra2 CB radio W/ 4 foot firestix antennas, dual exhaust with 40 series single in dual out muffler, 305/65R17 Mickey Thomson Baja ATZ on 17 inch Mickey Thompson Side Biters, 3 inch body lift

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    Welcome to the Club!! I grew up in Arvada (went to Pomona).


    Mike (Denver, CO) - 2008 Sierra 1500 Z71 SLE 5.3L 4WD

    SUSPENSION: Rancho 4" Suspension Lift; Rancho RS9000XL Shocks; Rancho Skid Plates; Rancho MyRide Wireless Shock Controller;
    TIRES:
    BFG All Terrain KO 315/70/17
    DRIVE TRAIN: 4.56 Gears; Detroit TrueTrac Differential; True Cool 40k Transmission Cooler
    PERFORMANCE: DiableSport Predator Tuner; Custom Tuned by Diablew; Magnaflow Exhaust; AFE Cold Air Intake
    ELECTRONICS: Kenwood DNX6180 Touchscreen; Subthump box w/10" Kicker; Driver Information Center (DIC); Rear View Camera
    ACCESSORIES: Westin Brush/Grill Gaurd; Westin Nerf Bars; Truxedo Tonneau; 20% Tint; Tow Mirrors w/Heat & Signals

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    Welcome to the club Sam. I have an '88 C-3500 2wd & can't think of any common problems related to that year. Just normal maintenance stuff for 100K miles. They're a little underpowered with the stock heads, exhaust, & throttle body, but that's an easy fix.
    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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    Thanks for the nice welcome everyone, I just got all the basics done, and then noticed a small leak in the radiator so im also doin a water pump and thermostat as well now i had a question about the plugs is a relly big difference between ngk or champion or the ac delco plugs?

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    Welcome to the G M T C !


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    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by SammySway View Post
    Thanks for the nice welcome everyone, I just got all the basics done, and then noticed a small leak in the radiator so im also doin a water pump and thermostat as well now i had a question about the plugs is a relly big difference between ngk or champion or the ac delco plugs?
    The spark plugs aren't a big deal on engines as old as ours Sam. Run whatever you like. It's the newer ones that like AC Delcos.

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