What is this truck???

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Talk & GM News' started by Tim Braun, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Tim Braun

    Tim Braun New Member

    Hi all. I'm new to the forums. My past experience is all in Dodge and motorcycles so I'm a bit unsure what this is. I found this truck rotting away near me and I'm in the process of trying to negotiate for it. Can anyone give me some insight on what exactly it is I'm looking at here?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    I am not an expert, but it looks like a 70's early 80's Chevy or GM with a custom hood and custom front bumper and bumper bar. I am sure someone will be able to identify it.
  3. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I am just wondering why there is a super swamper on only one tire all the rest are stock.
  4. 1993gmc

    1993gmc New Member

    I say it looks like fun once you get it going.
  5. moogvo

    moogvo Moderator

    It looks like an old Army truck. We used to have one at the fire department that we used as a brush truck. If it is military, it will be diesel with a 24 volt electrical system.

    We ended up getting rid of it because it was too expensive to buy parts for. Parts were sometimes hard to find too.
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  6. dpeter

    dpeter New Member

    Cease negotiations until you know what you're negotiating for. I don't know what it is but a diamond in the rough looks just like a goat turd so be sure you don't pay diamond prices for goat. Good start by asking here!
  7. Tim Braun

    Tim Braun New Member

    By negotiations, I simply meant inquiring about the truck. Here's the story:

    This truck was originally dropped off at a garage by me to have the shop owner sell it for the guy that owns this truck. The guy simply vanished off the face of the earth about 3 years ago. I've talked to the shop and they're not sure what to do because they can't get in touch with the guy. No phone numbers work.

    I've been doing some research and from what I can tell, the shop is able to file for a mechanic's lien and then sell it outright. I haven't mentioned this to the shop owners yet as I'm still trying to figure things out on my end.

    What would be a fair price on this thing? I don't have any other info yet. Going to see the shop owners this week sometime. I'm assuming it doesn't run.

    There is some surface rust on the bed & hood. Nothing all the way through. Interior is pretty much gone and some racing seats were put in. It's a manual transmission.
  8. dpeter

    dpeter New Member

  9. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    It's definitely an old GM truck from the 80's. That's about all we can tell from the pics. Even though it is green, it may or may not be an old military truck. The only basis for that is its color and then it appears to have had a lot of mods done to it. And, looking closely at the first, it looks like it doesn't even have a bed. Like dpete said, VIN number would be the best route aside from popping hood and doing some investigating in person.

    ETA: LOL, after right clicking and viewing the whole image, I see it has a flat bed on it.
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  10. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    It looks like a mid 80's CUCV Military issue truck thats been modified.
    The best way to tell is if it has a 24 volt electrical system and a Diesel engine.
    They were built with flat beds for special duty, i.e. as tow tugs for Air Craft on unimproved fields and also as heavy equipment trailer haulers, unless someone else modified the rear suspension after the fact I'm thinking it was an Air Craft tow tug, it looks a little short.
    Those trucks were monsters that could run through almost anything but they did have a weakness with the normally aspirated 6.5 Diesel engine.
    Google CUCV and you should be able to find plenty of web pages about it, theres quite a few clubs devoted to those Military cast off trucks.
    Boyce Equipment handles a lot of parts for those, also look at Memphis Equipment.
    Nice find, looks like it needs work but when their up and running they make great play trucks.
  11. moogvo

    moogvo Moderator

    I don't know where you are, but in North Carolina, the process to gain ownership of a vehicle in these circumstances requires more than a mechanic's lien. After 45 days, the shop owner can file paperwork with the DMV to take legal ownership. Then there is the additional paperwork to get a title for the vehicle. It is rather pricey here to do that. It may not be worth the effort and expense.
  12. Tim Braun

    Tim Braun New Member

    I searched around for a VIN but couldn't see one on the dash. I didn't get under the hood. Where can I find it on those year trucks?
  13. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    No VIN on the dash? Points more towards a Military version, look on the firewall and inner fender panels under the hood for an equipment plate (looks a lot like a vin plate only a little more detailed) also look in the drivers door jam for a plate.
  14. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    i can confirm tbplus10 is right.

    looks to me like a mid 80s silverado 20 bodystyle CUCV pickup. the color of paint is a strong inticator of that, as is the lack of a VIN plate.

    Alex
  15. lindadale

    lindadale New Member

    Its a Chevy truck and the model looks similar to the old days.I just visit one site where i seen almost all the truck models.
  16. Attacksz

    Attacksz New Member

    I was wondering the same thing! Haha.
  17. Tim Braun

    Tim Braun New Member

    Apparently someone slashed all 4 super swampers because the shop told them it wasn't for sale.

    Still working on things on my end.
  18. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    I hate vandals as much as thieves. Hopefully that'll help you get the truck and at a better price.
  19. barefoot greg

    barefoot greg New Member

    looks to me like an 81-87 k20 gmc, the front fender crease comes to a point then stops in just behind the headlights and the side marker is horizontal, where the 73-80 gm's had the same cab and bed but the front fenders had the same crease in the back of the fender but at the front it would round down around the side marker which was vertical
  20. Tim Braun

    Tim Braun New Member

    Okay so I got a little more info. The truck is a 85 or 86 cab on a blazer chassis. It has either a 350 or a smallblock 400 in it.

    ANY clue at all what this thing would be worth? The guy asked me to make an offer. There are some definite rust issues, but nothing all the way through. I think most of it is fixable. The engine he says ran 3 or 4 yrs ago...not sure anymore.

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