Overall, the engine has not been particularly popular, but had its place in the market and a moderately sized following, even today. 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. Braking controls included front self-adjusting with rear finned and optional four-wheel hydraulic Hydra-Boost or Vacuum-Boost power assist. The latter system was introduced for 1981. Other safety features included soft-padded interior panels for appearance and safety, 3,329 of and safety glass, rearview mirror, six turn-signal indicator lamps with asymmetrical flash, four-way hazard function, and. 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. Horsepower and torque output was increased to 210 hp, and 300 lb-ft of torque.
Since 1957, trucks were available from the factory as four-wheel drive, and the new class scheme would make this known. It is not clear if the crew cab was for fleet orders only, or if it was available to the general public. For 1977 models, and were introduced as an optional extra. The exterior mirrors became solid, low-profile aerodynamic manual units color matched to the body color. Properly tuned and maintained, the engine well known for achieving fuel economy figures well into the 20's; impossible to beat with a small block V-8 or even V-6 gas engine of the same era.
It replaced the permanent four-wheel drive system, on pre-1980 models. In 1968, Chevrolet celebrated 50 years of manufacturing trucks, and to commemorate, they released a 50th Anniversary package featuring an exclusive white-gold-white paint scheme. For 1996, a passenger-side-mounted third door became optional on extended cab models. Trucks equipped with these tanks and exceeded the requirements of. Overheating is also an issue with the 6.
There were two engine choices: the V8 replaced the , while the venerable continued. Other design traits include sleek sculpted body work, an cab with steep windshield rake, and a unique available hidden embedded into the windshield glass. After 1985, a redesigned pickup with the same cabin structure of the U. In 1996 both the 5. All 2-wheel drive trucks came with independent front suspension, while 4x4's used a conventional solid axle with leaf springs. In late-1999 the production of the Silverado was switched from Argentina to Brazil, and the Grand Blazer was simply phased out.
The was relocated from the cab to the outboard sides of one or both beneath the cab floor extending under the leading edge of the pickup box, commonly referred to as a arrangement. Peak Torque: Introduced at 360 lb-ft 1,700 rpm. Another significant change was the addition of independent front suspension to all models. They were initially powered with a Chevrolet 4. Factors such as engine and combination, differential , , and whether the pickup was two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive decided how much the pickup could safely tow or haul. The design also featured strong distinctive curved which rounded out below the. The axle itself is unique, being a 14-bolt semi-floating unit which uses standard Chevrolet 5 on 5-inch wheels—the only factory-produced 14-bolt axle with such a wheel bolt pattern.
In 1992—1993 other color options included Summit White and Victory Red, with multiple interior colour options. But the model earned a reputation for being a less capable work vehicle than its predecessor. Some internal cab changes were also made, most notably the switch from a hand-operated parking brake to a foot pedal, and a more modern looking two-spoke steering wheel with plastic horn button replaced the previous year's three-spoke wheel with chrome horn button. From model years 1973 to 1977, wood grain inserts were used on the dashboard and doors for further visual enhancement. These replaced the outdated and inadequate lap belts previously used. The system could be manually shifted into High Loc which locked the center differential for a locked 50:50 torque split. Unlike the earlier engine, the 6.
The new 1988 model trucks entered production December 8, 1986 at , , and the new plant. A 230 hp 172 kW 7. The two mirror options are the camper style and west coast style mirrors. 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. Subtle grained interior panels and bright metal work was used on the inside with high-quality materials also used on the outside, like , aluminium, and polished stainless steel, particularly on top-of-the-line luxury Silverado or Sierra Classic trim levels. Exterior changes this year included a special two-tone paint option, new gloss black folding exterior mirrors, and the door handles were changed from a smooth gloss black finish to a textured, satin finish. In both series, the 'Highlander package' included special color-coordinated cloth inserts and additional trim colors and insulation.
Upper class trim levels also used materials for quieter ride comfort. An extended cab was never offered, though such conversions have been done. Chrome front bumpers were now standard on base models. There was some overlap in 1999—2002 model years. A properly equipped K-Series half-ton or three quarter-ton class pickup could tow up to 6,500 lbs 3. Tulsa is another company that did 4x4 conversions for utility companies.
In terms of fuel economy, the 6. A properly equipped C-Series half-ton class pickup could tow up to 8,000 lbs 4 tons of , while a properly equipped C-Series three quarter-ton or one-ton class pickup could tow up to 12,000 lbs 6 tons of braked trailer. Soft touch materials were used throughout the passenger cabin, such as the , doors arm rests , steering wheel, and shift levers. For restoration, it should also be noted that the door and window cranks were slightly longer due to the molded plastic door panels, and the vent windows were now secured with a single screw on the inside of the door, thus differentiating it from the 1971 model year. Adding four-wheel drive reduced towing capability due to increased curb weight, which resulted from additional components transfer case, front axle, front differential, front propeller shaft, and so on needed to facilitate four-wheel drive.