The new body style featured sculptured sides, squared-off wheel openings, 21% more glass area with enclosed antenna , and a roomier cab with flow thru ventilation. Options included power steering, power brakes, electric clock, heavy duty shocks and rally wheels. In the Chevy C10 Truck Series this meant that you could have different paint patterns, molding styles, and interior trims on these trucks. The width in the front was 65. If your pickup is a 1973 to 1980 you could look at the engine block and transmission as long as they were not switched out. Interior received changes to the wiper controls and the integration of the high beam lights and cruise control being moved to turn signal stalk. The Fleet side Bedsides had a smooth aerodynamic look going down the sides where the Step side style is going to be featuring steps and the rear fenders to give a more rugged look.
Suspension wise, the wheelbase increased 2. For 1977, body styles included a fleetside body, which was straight box, or a stepside body, which had a curve. If you happen to know something that isn't already included on this list, feel free to contact me so it can be added. Transfer case gears in the K30 trucks were now synchronized, allowing shifts to 4-Hi at speeds under 25 mph and power steering is now standard on all K-series trucks. This truck also had a weight reduction up to 300 pounds and would have moved the fuel tank to the driver side bed side.
Engine wise, 1973 was the last year for the 307 V8 and the 454 now replaced the 402. Cheyenne model is dropped from the lineup. The 1986 Chevy Truck was also announced the official truck of the Indy 500. The Silverado Truck trim level introduced the interior brushed aluminum trim to replace the wood grain trim. Rectangular headlights were now included on the Silverado models, while the rest still received 1979 style round headlights.
Chevrolet sold 30,000 K-series trucks and 23,000 Blazers to the U. Chevy was manufacturing Trucks with a new Zinc rich primer to help rust prevention. Finally, an optional rear defroster was also offered. Chevy offered four different options packages, custom deluxe, Scottsdale, Cheyenne and Silverado. New chrome bumpers with impact strips were available with options. K Series K10, K20, K30 came with power steering as a standard option now.
The trim levels would vary in price depending on whether you had the base models or if your pickup was the top of the line luxury model. An optional inline-six was 292 cubic inches and 4. Here we are going to make it easy for you to find out your pickup's model, year, and trim package. Turn signals were moved from the bumper to behind the grille. This brought the total number of engines available on K-trucks to eight. Cheyenne Super is replaced by Silverado as top trim level.
Custom line is dropped and Custom Deluxe becomes base model. Cheyenne Super was also replaced by the Silverado Model as the Top Trim Level. Chevrolet was also the official truck of the Indianapolis 500 in 1978. Chevrolet became number one in truck sales in 1982. In 1977, Chevy offered automatic door locks and powered windows for the first time.
Frame changes were made to fit new catalytic converters required on California trucks, and dual-exhaust options were not available in California. Upper trim levels receive brushed aluminum panels on tailgate. The previous 4x2 C series is changed to the R series, and the 4x4 K series is changed to the V series. Chevrolet would have also sold 30,000 K-Series Trucks and 23,000 Blazers to the Army. Also new for the '89 models were 30 spline front and rear axles. With the new grill design, the trucks came equipped with: quadruple headlights however, two were still being offered , horizontal side marker lights, new bumpers, and a slightly different tailgate.
The fuel tank was moved to the driver-side frame rail. First year with power windows, power door locks, intermittent wipers, inside hood release, 1-Ton K30, and the first off the different style door panels. One-ton K30 models were introduced to the line-up, and with them Bonus Cab and Crew Cab models. The medium output 350-cubic-inch engine had 155 horsepower at 3,600 rpm with 225 foot-pounds at 2,400 rpm. The interior changed slightly with a new dashed shape, seats, instrument panel, and sill plates. First step to a restoration before you buy should always know what you have.
Finally, Chevy offered the 307 cubic inch with 115 horsepower at 3,600 rpm with 205 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm. The seats had an all-vinyl seat cover or vinyl and nylon cloth seat cover. The 305 V8 was introduced along with styled wagon wheels without center caps. The Cheyenne package had bench seats and full-depth padded seats with backrests. Good news for you is that between the years of 1973 and 1987 there were a couple of places you could find them. To promote these trucks Chevrolet came out with many ads to highlight on what was called the working mans truck. The top trim level Silverado now gets new brushed aluminum trim while the wood grain trim is now history.