In late-1999 the production of the Silverado was switched from Argentina to Brazil, and the Grand Blazer was simply phased out. I love this truck although if it made it to my place it would receive a significant freshening up. It seems silly--but the kids really do love it. Sierra and Sierra Grande had been used as names on option packages since the 1969 model year. 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.
For the 1980 model year, permanent four-wheel drive was discontinued on K-Series, leaving only conventional four-wheel drive. Federal officials estimated that 150 persons may have died in preventable fiery crashes. The interior was also unique with a special plush Garnet Red cloth with black trim, high-back reclining sport bucket seats, and center console. Howard, back in the day, in ranching country, they were used for daily transportation, transportation to the school dance, the drive-in, or even church. They had a wider cab and a better heater than the Jeep pickup. This was also the only year with yellow painted trim instead of black.
Dual exhaust was also added during the '91-'93 model years. Jimbeau Great write up, as usual. The rear-axle ratio was also lowered to 4. Another significant change was the addition of independent front suspension to all models. And during that time, Chevrolet broke all records for truck sales up-to that point. Optional transmissions included a three speed overdrive unit C-10 only and several different four-speed manuals, the Powerglide 2-speed automatic, or the 350 and 400 3-speed automatic. To enhance durability the trucks featured extensive use of galvanized steel for corrosion resistance and a fully welded frame with a boxed front section for strength and rigidity.
Lot of mass for those drums. He used it to haul diesel out to his D5 Cat or his combine in the field. After 1985, a redesigned pickup with the same cabin structure of the U. The two mirror options are the camper style and west coast style mirrors. The standard drivetrain was a three-speed manual transmission and one of two engines; the 250 in 3 straight six or the 283 cu in 4. The suspension was also upgraded with 32 mm 1. The new 1988 model trucks entered production December 8, 1986 at , , and the new plant.
All models got new, flatter dash trim panels, black on the lower two trims and aluminum-look on the fancier two. Learn how to shift gears in those trucks ridding in the middle growing up. The sidesaddle fuel tanks themselves, were found to have a highly resistant to crushing or crumpling from a side impact. And since it isn't in pristine condition, I don't get too worried about scratching it up. They really were good trucks, too.
Unlike their siblings, they were not sold to the general public nor did they bear Holden badging , and they were not built as right-hand-drive at the factory. Classic Industries offers 1963 Chevrolet Truck Truck Bed Components, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Stepside Bed Sides - Full, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Bed Sides - Partial, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Running Boards, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Side Steps, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Patch Panels, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Front Bed Panel, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Stake Pocket Repair Panel, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Bed Floor Panel, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Stepside Rear Fender, 1963 Chevrolet Truck Fiberglass Bed Side, and 1963 Chevrolet Truck Rear Bed Corner. 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. A 230 hp 172 kW 7. 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. The 151 hp 379 cu in 6. The length was extended to 117.
Even the underhood is a little snazzy. A center lap safety belt with slack adjustment was provided for the center occupant. For the 1975 model year, the 185 hp 400 cu in 6. Over the years, there were many subtle, and not-so-subtle changes throughout these trucks lifetime. There were no suspension or engine upgrades provided with any of the sport packages as this was an appearance only option. Finally, the front brakes on all light-duty trucks were switched from to , resulting in much less brake fade under heavy use. Both front and rear leaf sprung axles had disc brakes.
It was only offered as a standard until 1996 when a crew chassis cab was also offered. A new base engine finished the model in 1966 with a 155 hp 116 kW 250 in 3 4. 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. But even with the unknown engine and drive train still a cool truck. 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.
Simple, tough as nails, no pretensions. Even the long rear truck arms and coils like on the rear of mine are making a comeback, though--ever look under a new Dodge? In 1992, the four-speed manual transmission was dropped and the stepside trucks were available with extended cabs. You've done an awesome job keeping her original and I'm sure she run's as good, if not better, than she looks! But the model earned a reputation for being a less capable work vehicle than its predecessor. The first was the standard passenger-side , and the second was the energy-absorbing. The 396, while still sold as such, was enlarged to 402 cubic inches starting in 1970. Steering controls included variable-ratio steering gear with optional power assist.
Could it be a spray painted 307 or 305? It replaced the permanent four-wheel drive system, on pre-1980 models. And I say the 1963 Chevy model that you have needs a little bit of an improvement on headlights to make it more appealing. Classic Automobile Appraisal And Resource Guide. The front axle was a solid I-beam drop axle, similar to the axles of medium and heavy duty trucks. Soft touch materials were used throughout the passenger cabin, such as the , doors arm rests , steering wheel, and shift levers. The first Chevrolet pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. Whenever we buy a new appliance, or big shelves, or tires, or whatever, they go right in the back of the truck.