The 1990 GMC K1500

1990 GMC K1500
  • Year: 1990
  • Engine: 4.3 liter TBI
  • 262 cubic inches
  • Horsepower: 160
  • Torque: 235 lb-ft
  • Trim: Sierra
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 5-speed manual
  • Tires: Mastercraft Courser MXT – 275/60R17
  • Wheels: Stock GM wheels (2014?), 6 lug, 17 inch
  • Miles when purchased: 223,400 (January 18, 2019)

I originally bought this truck as a “farm truck” — just something to use around my property to move firewood, dirt, etc. It was supposed to be one of those trucks you don’t care about and don’t worry about being careful with. That never works out very well for me.

I really enjoy having at least one vehicle with a manual transmission, and this is the first one I’ve had with (working) four-wheel drive. Add the mud terrain tires and 17 inch steel wheels and it really started growing on me. I also like the fact that the 4.3 V6 paired with the 34 gallon gas tank a long bed comes with will get some pretty impressive range on a tank of gas. So I’ll probably be driving this quite a bit more than I planned on. And the more I drive it, the more I will want to fix it up.

I’ve named it “Magic Truck #9” after my favorite beer and since it is the 9th truck I’ve owned.

Here’s what the truck looked like when I bought it. Not much has changed except the wheels/tires. For now.

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