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Paris, Tennessee
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1988 Chevrolet Silverado LT (Charlie's Toy)

Last updated Jun 30, 2008  

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Of course I am a die hard Chevy fan! When my father in law passed away, his widow kept this truck in her driveway without it moving for more than three years. I offered to buy it and after a while, she agreed. It was awful, wouldn't run, had a hole rusted in the cab, paint was peeling off, mud daubers had made a home under the hood and the tires were rotting off the vehicle. I wondered why I wasted $1,000 on it. We got it running and simply left it that way and drove it for a couple years only when we needed a pickup. When I retired, I thought I would trade it for a new truck but when I really thought of the cost and the fact that no new truck would do much more than the old one, I decided on a mild restoration. I had it painted, replaced the interior, sprayed in a bed liner, cleaned up the engine bay, put tires and alluminum wheels on it. I replaced the exhaust with a Dynomax cat back and added a K&N filter. I spent nearly $700 getting the AC need that in Tennessee! I added a new grille and Euro style parking and brake lights front and rear. I basically made it a tribute to Mom's late husband Charlie, thus "Charlie's Toy". I didn't tell Mom I was doing this stuff to the truck and at her age, she didn't miss in the parking space while it was away getting "fixed". When I brought it home and brought her out to see it, she cried like a baby. I got the best hug ever!


1/4 mile in 16.9 seconds, pretty slow, but not what this truck is about. He has a 305 Goodwrench crate engine on a truck with over 215,000 miles. I have had many offer to buy it and they originally thought it might be a 93 or 94. He's just a 1988 and already 20 years old.

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Automatic, 305 engine, power windows, AC, power windows and cruise. I replaced the original non-working radio with a new Sony with CD and MP3 player capability.


K&N filter and Dynomax exhaust system.

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