Originally Posted by CorvairGeek
The pickup is an oddity we bought after moving to Idaho, just looking for a truck as new homeowners. Delivered new in Nebraska and obviously a special order. A heavy duty combination that only an old man would have put together, thinking it would be tough and economical back in '78 with a 55 MPH speed limit. The mandatory 4.11 axle kept the economical part from happening (if a 292 could have ever been economical), but it will pull like a tractor. Never seen another one quite like it, Turbo 400, gauges, factory A/C and every heavy duty option that could be put with the 292.
Wow! Especially interesting to me because:
I have an `85 C30 crewcab single-rear-wheel 350/THM400/4.56:1 . My parents bought it from the original owner then about a decade later I bought it from them. An older gent, friend of the family, had custom ordered it for towing a fifth-wheel trailer back and forth from Van Nuys, CA to somewhere in SD. He ordered the 350 for economy and the 4:56 rear end for pulling power. What I have is a truck with the fuel economy of a 454 and the pulling power of a 350. Well better than a 4.11 or a 3.73 but still no 454. It'* always been a good truck and hasn't had any of the big pieces out of it except for the heads off once for a burned intake valve at 100,000 miles. Now it sits with over 200,00 miles and is still my most-reliable vehicle.
Oh, and top-of-the-line Silverado package including those horrific (to my eye) brushed full-wheel covers and push bars on the bumper and . . . NO electric windows and locks.
I had only heard of the I6-292 in 3/4 and 1-ton trucks in specifications guides and manuals. Yours is the first I've heard of in real life, and I'm surprised it has an automatic. If you ever want to sell it I may be interested . . . just to preserve it for the novelty of it.