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Old Cars Reader Wheels: 1990 Chevrolet Silverado C-1500

Old Cars Reader Wheels: 1990 Chevrolet Silverado C-1500

Old Cars spotlights a reader’s pristine 1990 Chevrolet Silverado C-1500.

Chad Westmoreland is the proud owner of this time-capsule Chevy truck. 

This is what Chad had to say about his Silverado…

“This is my factory original 1990 Chevrolet C-1500 Silverado short bed.  It was originally manufactured in December 1989 making it one of the final vehicle built in the ‘80s. It was ordered by and shipped to Joe Clayton Chevrolet in Arab, Alabama. The truck was inventory traded at some point to Jimmy Smith Chevrolet-Oldsmobile located in Oneonta, Alabama where it was purchased by an older couple, J.P. and Pearl Brown on 1/25/90 with 39 miles on the odometer. During the next 7 years, the truck was only driven occasionally by the couple, and was meticulously cared for.”

“Mr. Brown passed away in 1997 and the truck remained mostly in the garage out of the elements. I was even told Mrs. Brown even kept rugs under the tires to minimize the tires getting “flat spots” that come from sitting extended periods of time on concrete.  The truck was obviously one of J.P’s prized possessions and the last vehicle he bought, so the family kept it safely tucked away for the next 19 years. I was told Mrs. Brown finally decided to sell the truck to a dealer in early 2016 where I found it listed for sale online.”

“I was originally searching for a ‘90-‘93 454 SS pickup, but the ones I found either needed a ton of work or were out of my budget. The stunning light blue metallic and white two tone paint is what immediately caught my eye. I told myself “Well if it has at least the 350 V-8 I’ll consider this one. I’d gladly sacrifice a few horsepower for this absolutely gorgeous factory paint job.” According to the listing, the truck was immaculate for it’s age and had only 39,919 miles on it. I immediately called the dealership, got more information and pictures of the truck, and ultimately decided to take a gamble by buying it without actually seeing in person or driving it due to me being in Texas and the truck in Alabama. It’s not for the faint of heart to do this!  Needless to say when the truck was delivered to my hometown of Tomball, Texas. I was not disappointed when it arrived, it was everything they said it was.” 

“An added bonus was the included original window sticker, bill of sale, and original Chevrolet dealership paperwork! It originally came with 15×7 aluminum wheels, but I added the factory 15×8 Rally Wheels, and 255/70R15 tires for a sportier muscle car stance. The original wheels are boxed up in storage. The truck is now mainly driven to classic car shows where it has won many trophies, and pleasure driving on nice weekends. As of the writing of this article the odometer has just turned to 44k miles, and the truck still retains its factory applied Smoke Blue Metallic/Summit White deluxe two tone paint, original mint condition interior, and original drivetrain, all numbers matching. This vehicle has never undergone a restoration because it doesn’t need one…it is a preserved original. A time capsule. A true survivor. As the saying goes, it’s only original once. And that’s how this one is staying.”

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