1989 GMC Sierra SLE reg cab step side 383 stroker from North America
Reliable, useful and fun
Wheel bearing driver's side.
Rear differential rebuild.
Had the truck maybe twelve years now, fell in love with the look of the reg cab step side short box, so I've been doing a rolling restoration the last eight years or so. Converted from auto to five speed manual and dropped in a 383 stroker, dressed up with a March pulley kit, QFT carburetor, MSD ignition, all the goodies. It doesn't handle that great on the pavement, but it really moves in a straight line and it's great off road, mostly because of the short wheel base, but it also has good height, even with stock suspension. Most all of the work I've done has been optional; the original truck held up really well, the only major fail was the rear differential, but that was after I up'd the horse power.
I would recommend buying one as the truck is very tough, is a lot of fun to drive, and turns a lot of heads for a pick up truck. Another big plus for me was that it's very easy to work on and the parts (OEM and performance aftermarket) were cheap and readily available. The only real complaint I have with it is the suspension and handling on paved corners.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th May, 2018