This 1988 Chevrolet 2500 gives you a lot of extras

It’s an extra-duty 2500-series chassis. It has extra usefulness with the long bed. There’s extra comfort in the loaded interior. And it has the extra ability with the V8 power and 4×4 drivetrain.

This is a great year in Chevy trucks. 1988 debuted a new design, the echoes of which are still seen today. This one looks like a long-haul king with the front bug guard, mud flaps, and tall Michelin tires on the 16-inch alloys. The two-tone gray and black paint shows all the right signs of being the original application. It’s far from perfect nearly 35 years later, and so some may want to invest in a respray… but most truck people see an attraction in the earned respect that has the same kind of appeal as patina. And there’s also a tone of work-ready attitude in this classic Chevy. After all, the long bed allows you to carry more. And when that’s not enough, you have a proper trailer hitch and trailer brake.

The interior has the stock style of a loaded Silverado. You have power windows, power locks, sliding rear glass, and factory air conditioning upgraded to cold-blowing R134a refrigerant. And the radio is the cool/classic AM/FM unit with a separate cassette player in the middle of the dash. It’s comfortable for the driver with a nice cloth bench seat, a tilt steering column, and a clear gauge package.

Under the hood is a 350 cubic-inch V8. These small block motors have a hardy reputation, and this comes from the era of factory fuel injection. While it’s unknown if the odometer reflects the actual mileage, this V8 fires up eagerly like a well-maintained FI machine. Another great part of the 1988 redesign included a new chassis where the 4x4s first got an independent front suspension. So you still have the go-anywhere nature of a four-wheel-drive truck with a two-speed transfer case, but now it’s more everyday easy. In fact, the all-around nice driving nature is seen in the power steering, power brakes, front discs, and a four-speed automatic transmission with highway-ready overdrive.

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