Sometime after I bought this gem recently, I found a set of four excellent original 22" aluminum wheels and tires from a Cadillac Escalade. I recently installed all 4 of them and they are shown on this truck in the first 3 photos of this listing. They can sell with the pickup or I can deduct $400 from the price if the new owner prefers the stock 16" aluminum wheels and tires that are shown in all of the rest of the photos of this listing.
I purchased this 1990 GMC short box step side 4-wheel drive half-ton pickup truck from the original owner in Bozeman Montana in December of 2022. That is why this 33-year-old vehicle is still as nice as it is. I believe that the original owner tends to take the best care of a vehicle. Successive owners often tend to neglect and abuse a vehicle.
This 33-year-old truck is still in very nice condition primarily because of the semi-arid climate here in Montana. We average only 13 inches of moisture per year here including both rain and snow. Our humidity is very low here so that also helps to preserve the vehicles.
The last photo of this listing is a file photo of a similar vintage and model Chevrolet pickup. That photo is NOT of this truck. It is shown here for reference only to show how nice this truck might look with a new paint job.
This truck is equipped with the base V6 gasoline engine and a 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive on 5th gear. The 4 wheel drive system worked fine the only time I needed it last winter. The indicator light that tells when the front axle is engaged does not work. I replaced the burned-out bulb but the light is still not working. There may be a problem with the wiring or the switch on the front axle.
Some people may think I want too much for this truck. Relatively few people will ever realize the true value of this truck. The primary parts of this truck that are unique to a short-wheelbase vehicle like this are the chassis frame and the short pickup box. The chassis frames last fairly well unless the vehicle is exposed to salted winter roads. The pickup box is very often subjected to abuse and damage, especially if the truck is used on a farm, ranch, or by a building contractor.
Therefore, I contend that the real value here is in the steel box and the composition rear fenders and small running boards around the rear fenders. If a person wanted to restore or build a customized truck like this and started with a truck with a box that is in average used and abused condition, they could easily spend over $10,000 having a professional metal man straighten the dents and repair any rust damage on a typical used box.
Then there is the issue of what to do regarding the tailgate. Reproductions are available for $356 here on eBay. They would be a more economical option than repairing an original as long as they fit and work well which is always a concern or problem when dealing with Chinese replacement parts.
Then there is the issue of how to repair or replace the rather fragile molded composition rear fender and running board assemblies that line the outside of both sides of this box. I believe this box was used through 1999 so it is very likely that these box sides are no longer available from GM.
Now you may understand why I believe the box, tailgate, and both box sides that are in excellent original condition are worth what I am asking for this truck. Thanks a lot, Bob Woodburn in Bozeman Montana USA 4O6.799.I847
Selective 4-wheel drive system with 2-speed transfer case - worked the only time I needed it last winter
Air conditioning upgraded to 134-a is not presently blowing cold air
Power front disc brakes
Variable ratio power steering
Tilt steering wheel
Cruise control works fine
Original GM AM-FM radio
Black lower body accent paint & rubber trim (damaged on the right-hand door)
5 original GM 16" aluminum wheels - front tires have 3/4 tread, rear tires have 1/2 tread
4 GM 22" Cadillac Escalade aluminum wheels - tires have 1/2 to 2/3 tread