1965 Chevrolet C10
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Historically Chevrolet was always known as a light-duty truck builder and only second as a medium duty producer. In 1955 with the addition of truck V-8 engines Chevrolet’s engineers began to build bigger trucks. The only change of note concerning pickups was that the one-ton 4 wheel drive model was dropped, Chevrolet continued to build half- and 3/4-ton 4WD trucks only.
Model Series designations for 1960 were completely revised. The new system began with a letter prefix. For example, a “C” prefix indicated a conventional cab; a “K” indicated a 4 wheel drive model; a “P” model was forward control; an “L” was a low cab forward; an “S” was a school bus and an “M” was a tandem.
A half-ton pickup was now either a model C1404 or C1434. The “C” designated a conventional cab; the “1” half-ton; the “4” a 6 1/2-foot body and the “04” and “34” were for Stepside or Fleetside body types.
The C/K designation became well known over the years and continued in use through the 1997 model year.
All 1960 Chevrolet trucks, including mediums and heavy-duties, featured new independent front suspensions with the exception of 4 wheel drive and forward control models. The pickup’s front springing was by extra heavy and durable torsion bars while rear springing for half- and 3/4-ton pickups employed coil springs. One-ton pickups retained the use of leaf springs in the rear but with torsion bars in the front.
The most significant improvement for 1964 was the change from the dogleg windshield to the conventional curved type. It provided easier entrance and exits for driver and passengers and looked much better too. The 230 and 292 six cylinder engines continued as the standard engines for all 2 wheel drives and beginning in 1964 for all 4 wheel drive pickups also. The 235.5 and 261 sixes were dropped. The 283 cubic inch V-8 remained optional for all C/K pickups. The El Camino returned after a four year absence. It was built on the Chevelle’s 115-inch wheelbase chassis.
The 1964 models continued through 1966 without any changes worth noting.
Read more about Chevrolet Pickups at: http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/history/chev_segment7.html