We have all browsed Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for vehicles. This 1988 Chevrolet V30 Crew Cab Dually is why you should always view what is available from the Inland Empire Craigslist page. They always have some excellent trucks there. And yes, this one is actually located in the Bay Area… but we found it on the IE page.
In 1988 the designation for the Chevrolet two-wheel-drive (C) and the four-wheel-drive (K) changed over to R representing RWD and V standing for 4WD in the heavier duty trucks. The V/R designation also transferred over to the squarebody-styled Suburbans of 1988-91. 1988 was also the first year of the C/K 1500, 2500, & 3500 pickup trucks (1988-98), so the older body styles received the new designation to cause “less” confusion in the model lines.
This particular example is everything that I have ever wanted in a crew cab Chevy. The truck is a 3+3 Crew cab in the Silverado trim. The interior looks to be in good shape. The double bench seats do not show any tears or places where the material is worn thin. This truck has power windows and power locks. There is an aftermarket single-din head unit installed where the factory radio would usually is. The rear seat has three lap belts right now. Some companies make a replacement 3-point seat belt for some added safety on your rear occupants.
The underside of the dually looks to be mostly rust-free. The exhaust shows the usual surface rust, and the differential covers are dirty and spotted. There are not any apparent scratches, scraps, or damage that suggested this rig has been treated harshly in the desert. The bodywork is representative of a 31-year-old truck.
The powertrain is the preferred GM 454 big block. Another benefit of the V designation means that the big block came with fuel injection standard. No more messing around with black magic and carburetors. The seller also states that the truck has a Dana 60F axle in the front and a Dana 70HD in the rear. Those are some heavy-duty axles.
I have always had a crush on the 3+3 GM trucks. My personal preference would be to swap the frontend with that of a 70’s-era truck. I like the round headlight look. This truck is an in-bed camper install away from being someone’s perfect bugout rig. Who wants to split it with me?
Images courtesy of Craigslist ad.