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1978 C10 Bad engine? // Voice of reason

Old August 25th, 2015, 1:48 PM
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I'm new to this forum and new to Chevy truck ownership. I bought this truck; it immediately overheated. I have spent the last two months diagnosing and repairing what I believed to be the problem myself—cracked heads. After many a gasket, used replacement heads, and a thorough cleaning, I got it running, but it still runs hot as hell.

The heads looked good. Clean, smooth, all parts accounted for. I haven't ruled them out as the culprit, but I still think I'm now left with a bad engine block.

I'm certain many have been down this path before, and while I know these issues come with the territory, but I'm at a crossroads, and I need a voice(s) of reason.

Is it worth it to nickel and dime this truck back into shape with something as expensive as a new engine? If it's not the engine, then what? How far does the rabbit hole go? Should I cut my losses and sell the vehicle to someone more capable? I'm happy to invest time into this thing, but money is a different story.

Loaded questions, I know, but I'm just looking for some veteran advice. Thanks!



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Old August 25th, 2015, 7:06 PM
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If you plan on keeping the truck then yes make the repairs, a good looking and running older truck is worth the turned heads and compliments.

If you do not plan on keeping the truck for a while then do what you feel necessary to sell it.

I have a 95 C1500 and do not plan on ever getting rid of it so I am investing the nickels and dimes to keep my truck in good order.
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