Standard models offered a bore of 4 inches and a stroke of 3. A new four-speed transmission with gearing became available in 1981 for the 1982 model year. Blue interiors were a darker shade than before. The shift-on-the-move four-wheel drive system featured new automatic self and direct high range , such that the truck could be shifted from two-wheel drive, to fully locked four-wheel drive at speeds of up to 25 mph. Dual exhaust was also added during the '91-'93 model years. A five-speed manual transmission came standard, though consumers could also purchase the optional four-speed automatic transmission model.
The 396, while still sold as such, was enlarged to 402 cubic inches starting in 1970. Engines choices initially consisted of six or eight cylinder engines with either manual or transmissions. In 1992—1993 other color options included Summit White and Victory Red, with multiple interior colour options. Pena announced that a two-year investigation had found that the trucks posed a fire hazard. Air conditioning and a 220 hp 164 kW 327 in 3 5. A 230 hp 172 kW 7. Fuel doors were added in 79 to the rest of the lineup, following the previous years change on models with a bed.
The screw provided a way to adjust the gap in the window track. There was another round of new grilles, revised inner door panels that left less metal exposed, a four-wheel drive, full one-ton chassis was added to the lineup, and a was used for the front axle, as well as an electric oil pressure gauge replacing the mechanical unit. The 1987 models continued to be built at , , and. The verdict was later overturned by an appeals court and the case settled before it could be re-tried. It was positioned to bridge the gap between light-duty and medium-duty trucks.
Tulsa is another company that did 4x4 conversions for utility companies. Three trim levels were available: Cheyenne, Scottsdale, and Silverado. Low and Low Loc applied reduction gearing with or without lock, depending on the mode selected. K-Series pickups also featured an off-road oriented design, with the bolted directly to the transmission and running gear tucked up as high as possible under the vehicle to reduce the chances of snagging vital components on obstacles, as well as to achieve a low and optimal. It has been reported that the 89 sport was a limited production run set to determine how well the package would be received by consumers in the years to follow. Conventional four-wheel drive was still available with manual locking hubs.
Several aftermarket conversion companies offered a 4x4 version with either a or front axle. Duracell is a registered trademark of Duracell U. Once the shift from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive was made, the vehicle could be driven at any forward or reverse speed. A sleeker front bow-like look emerged, similar to a ship's with the front end being gently swept back from the center. After design freeze, production development began in early 1984 and were introduced in April 1987 as 1988 models known as the platform.
These packages consisted mostly of comfort features — nicer interiors, more padding and insulation, carpet, chrome trim, and upper and lower side molding and tailgate trim. The suspension was also upgraded with 32 mm 1. These replaced the outdated and inadequate lap belts previously used. The original version of the Veraneio was kept in production until 1988 model year 1989 , but it was eventually replaced with an updated version based on the C-20 family. After 1985, a redesigned pickup with the same cabin structure of the U.
The wood grain inserts were replaced by bright inserts for model years 1978 to 1987. Most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, allowing the cab to sit lower, and independent front suspension, giving an almost car-like ride in a truck. The two mirror options are the camper style and west coast style mirrors. They remained in this configuration up to the 1987 model year. Classic Automobile Appraisal And Resource Guide. At first glance, the 1969 and 1970 grilles look very similar.
Again, engineers turned to wind tunnels to resculpt the front end with new sheet metal, reducing areas which could hinder and cause drag. Mechanical updates included more anti-corrosion techniques, reduced weight, and a new 5. The differential lock would unlock and deactivate at speeds above 20 mph for safety reasons, such as the vehicle being on dry pavement. Regardless of the type of four-wheel drive system equipped, all K-Series pickups featured four-corner Vari-Rate multi-leaf springs, front live axle with inline shock absorber geometry, and the Load Control rear suspension system. One of the main additions to the 1991—2000 years is that it introduced the 305 cu in a traditional 5. Also, Chevrolet changed the 396 V8 emblem designation to 400 V8. There was some overlap in 1999—2002 model years.
Studies showed that it would take about 4,000 side-impact crashes with such a truck to get one with fire, major injury, or fatality. Featuring a 133-inch wheelbase, the Longhorn added an extra 6 inches 15 cm to the bed. The exterior mirrors became solid, low-profile aerodynamic manual units color matched to the body color. The writer and editorialist Walter Olson made the following points: According to a later-debunked 1993 report , this arrangement made the trucks prone to exploding in a. Heavy-duty towing equipment was available for both C and K-Series pickups, such as the Trailering Special package included power steering, uprated , and uprated , 7-pin trailer electrics connector, heavy-duty cooler, heavy-duty cooler, and a trailer hitch. In later years a four-cylinder diesel Q20B was also offered labeled as D-10 light truck only.