the gmc sonoma - grandpa truck

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  1. BIG_1088

    BIG_1088 Newbie

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    as some of you may already know, my old gmt 400 got stolen in july and has been gone for well over 60 days now. i have lost any hope of it ever being recovered and have since used the insurance check to buy me a new truck to fill the hole left in my heart - so i jumped at the first one i could find

    which was this 1996 gmc sonoma SLS

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    2 wheel drive 4.3 v6, it averaged 19 on the highway from alpharetta georgia to st louis missouri

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    it has this red on silver paintjob with pinstriping i can't seem to find anywhere else on line, which only makes it even better (there you can see my oversized paperweight, ie a 2006 malibu maxx on the right)

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    it has the gray cloth interior, which actually has a lot more character than what i was expecting, especially with the fabric styling. i was hoping to find a truck with a blue interior as a way to remember my gmt 400, but this gray interior has already grown on me and i love it

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    seriously the fabric on the seats and door panels are beautiful, i love it. not to mention the seats are very comfortable, only rivaled by my old truck

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    plus, everything about this truck is manual, except for the transmission. just makes it more of a grandpa truck, and that's what i love about it

    my plans for this truck, i plan on preserving it as it is - although an aftermarket exhaust wouldn't hurt on this truck at all

    tell me what you all think of it!
     
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    98BlackSierra Lifelong Chevy Owner

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    Honestly I wouldn’t do an exhaust. Seems like any exhaust work on a 4.3 makes it sound wheezy and obnoxious. I’d focus on a good tune up and complete fluid change and drive the hell out of it.
     
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    that's what i don't like about the 4.3s, most exhaust mods make them sound like crap. but a flowmaster super 10 seems to do a good job though
     
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    TexasRebel I'm Awesome

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    2 super 10s with 4inch by 16 inch tips will sound pretty decent. Good start for a cool build.

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    Stumpy Heavy Chevy

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    I had two S10s that I put single Flowmaster 40s on, and they had a nice mellow tone. Not loud at all, with a deep idle. Liked it enough to do it twice, so must not have been too bad.
     
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    Dropped88 I'm Awesome

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    I'll have to find a pic but we used to have a 94 that was purple and silver with that pinstripe.

    Clean truck btw congrats
     
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    1989GMCSIERRA I'm Awesome

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    Dump the clutch fan and go with electric fan. I had a 1995 Gmc Jimmy and I got a average of 25 mpg on long drives. I just installed a electric fan out of a Lincoln dual speed. leave your fan shroud on.
     
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