K-Series pickups included either Conventional, Permanent, or Shift-on-the-move. From model years 1973 to 1977, wood grain inserts were used on the dashboard and doors for further visual enhancement. It replaced the permanent four-wheel drive system, on pre-1980 models. We have priced this vehicle coincident with other trucks of this caliber. The front fenders were also equipped with the same flares used on 4x4 models of the lighter trucks to cover the increased track width and larger tires. I have a binder with over 30 pictures from start to finish when this was done it 1988. Again, engineers turned to wind tunnels to resculpt the front end with new sheet metal, reducing areas which could hinder and cause drag.
The system could be manually shifted into High Loc which locked the center differential for a locked 50:50 torque split. Three trim levels were available: Cheyenne, Scottsdale, and Silverado. Other design traits include sleek sculpted body work, an cab with steep windshield rake, and a unique available hidden embedded into the windshield glass. 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. The latter system was introduced for 1981. Mechanical updates included more anti-corrosion techniques, reduced weight, and a new 5. Four Low applied reduction gearing with a 2.
A new four-speed transmission with gearing became available in 1981 for the 1982 model year. The new 1988 model trucks entered production December 8, 1986 at , , and the new plant. Blue interiors were a darker shade than before. The 1972 models were very similar to the 1971 models, with the only change being the rear view mirror was glued to the windshield rather than bolted to top of the cab, and metal or vinyl-covered flat door panels were no longer available; all trim level door panels were molded plastic with integral armrests and wood grain inserts on Cheyenne and Sierra trim levels. In 1993 the bad publicity generated by the Dateline story spawned several class action lawsuits.
A divot and adjustment screw was added to the inside of the door located above the door panel and near the vent window. All 2-wheel drive trucks came with independent front suspension, while 4x4's used a conventional solid axle with leaf springs. Base models gained a passenger-side woodgrain dash accent and a new plaid upholstery pattern which would change slightly each year until 1978. Engines were a 160 hp 119 kW 4. This truck is now ready to move on to a new home.
Deluxe two-tone paint was discontinued, but conventional two-tone continued as an option. For the 1975 model year, the 185 hp 400 cu in 6. Base models received the flatter stainless hubcaps, and Stepsides got new squared-off taillights with built-in backup lights and side markers, while the rear fenders were smoothed out where the old side markers were. 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. Trust Ecklers for all of your restoration and replacement needs for your truck, racer, show car, street rod, or daily driver. The front axle was a solid I-beam drop axle, similar to the axles of medium and heavy duty trucks. Development of the new third-generation trucks began in 1968 with vehicle components undergoing simulated testing on computers before the first pickups were even built for real world testing.
Upper class trim levels also used materials for quieter ride comfort. Are you looking to buy your dream classic car? Two High gave a 0:100 torque split, while Four High yielded a locked 50:50 torque split. Chrome front bumpers were now standard on base models. However, the 1970s plastic inserts actually have highlights that divide the appearance into six separate sections. They remained in this configuration up to the 1987 model year. The suspension was also upgraded with 32 mm 1.
For the 1982 model year, the luxury trim levels were dropped, leaving the base, midrange, and top-of-the-line luxury trim level packages. Custom Vinyl or soft Custom Cloth cloth and velour seating surfaces were used along with fabric headliners, door inserts, and plush carpeting, depending on the trim level. In 1980, Chevrolet made several styles of pickup trucks, including the C10, K10 and S10. Federal officials estimated that 150 persons may have died in preventable fiery crashes. 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 rear-axle ratio was also lowered to 4. Soft touch materials were used throughout the passenger cabin, such as the , doors arm rests , steering wheel, and shift levers.
This required a slight dashboard redesign to incorporate these airbags. The third safety advancement was the introduction of dual front lap-and-shoulder with emergency for outboard occupants in 1975 for the 1976 model year. Dual exhaust was also added during the '91-'93 model years. A properly equipped K-Series half-ton or three quarter-ton class pickup could tow up to 6,500 lbs 3. Second, an additional trim package was introduced: the Cheyenne. The truck runs fine but due to age I will only sell as is.