1998 Chevrolet 3500 Crew Cab Long Bed Truck
Jim acquired the truck when it was about one year old from the Chrevrolet dealer in Ogden, Utah. Elizabeth was the first one to spot the truck on the dealer's lot and pointed it out to Jim who immediately fell in love with it. After Jim drove the truck from the dealership up Logan Canyon to Logan, Utah and back to Ogden, he never turned loose of the keys until the truck was his.
It had been previously leased by a contractor in the Salt Lake City area whom we were able to contact. He told us he used it to pull a snowmobile trailer and that he had painted the trailer the same color scheme as was on the truck. The truck had some mechanical problems before we acquired it so the dealer and GM added an additional year to the existing warranty, but we don't want to talk about that!
It is a 1998 Chevrolet 3500 crew-cab long bed 4-wheel drive and has the only color scheme we have ever seen like it. (Our traveling northbound WV neighbors recognized us southbound on a section of Georgia interstate one time--the vehicle is that distinct.)
It is powered by a 454 cu.in. gas engine that gets about 13 m.p.g. loaded or empty, going uphill or down. It is geared such that the engine seems to be running wide open all the time. We hauled a load of 'stuff' from our West Virginia home to Jim's daughter's place in Portland, Oregon and even crossing the Continental Divide in Montana, the transmission only automatically downshifted one time. It pulls a heavy equipment trailer hauling Elizabeth's tractor (total weight about 10,000 lb.) and it is easy to forget the load is behind. It is very comfortable and stable as an arrow in flight.
We added a Leer topper to the truck that was purchased in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The first topper we put on the truck was exactly as we ordered it, but it was about 2-inches too short. A replacement topper was subsequently installed and is somewhat--somewhat-- improved. Seals have been replaced but it still leaks whenever it rains. We have never removed the topper since it was installed for several reasons--we don't have the energy and we don't have another place to store it.