The Chevy Silverado 3500HD is a heavy duty variant of General Motors light truck series. First offered in 1999, the 3500 is the workhorse of the heavyduty lineup and is popular vehicle for farmwork. A particular favorite for ranchers and farmers alike is the dually series which provides greater stability for hauling heavy cargo.
The Chevy Silverado 3500HD offers the same engine and transmission features as the 2500HD however it is offered with “dually” twin wheels at the rear and has a stronger suspension and axle. The HD models are primarily used for towing and high-weight cargo.
The Silverado 3500 is offered with the Duramax V8 with 360 hp (268 kW) at 3000 rpm and 650 lbÂ·ft (881 NÂ·m) of torque at 1600 rpm. Also available is the Vortec 8100 V8 with 340 hp (254 kW) at 4200 rpm and 455 lbÂ·ft (617 NÂ·m) of torque at 3200 rpm.
The 3500 can tow up to 16,700 lb and haul 5,511 lb of cargo.
The Chevy Silverado 2500 is a heavy duty variant of the light truck. The HD series offered by Chevrolet is available in 3 different packages: the 1500hd, the 2500hd and the 3500hd.
The 2500hd is offered with two different engine options:the V8 duramax engine and the also available is the Vortec 8100 V8 with 340 hp (254 kW) at 4200 rpm and 455 lbÂ·ft (617 NÂ·m) of torque at 3200 rpm.
The 2500hd comes with a five speed Allison 1000 transmission. For the 2006 and 2007 models this is also available in the six speed variant. the 2500HD has a towing capacity of 16,100 lb (7,303 kg) with the 8.1 liter engine or 10,600 lb (4808 kg) with the 6.0 liter engine, and 4,058 lb (1,841 kg)
There have been many variations of the Chevy truck, dating all the way back to the 1930′s. However the first trucks to actually carry the moniker “Chevy Silverado 1500” were produced in 1999 and continued through 2008 when the extended cabs were produced. The truck is now available in both regular cab and extended cab versions.
Various engines have been used the the vehicle and numerous redesigns and upgrades have taken place since the trucks inception in 1999. The first of these engines was the 4.3 L Vortec 4300 L35 or LU3 V6 engines.
A high performance version was introduced in 2003 called the Silverado SS. It included an ugraded trim package and a redesigned drive train was offered as well. The engine had been upgraded and included the 5.3 liter 285 hp (213 kW) 325 lbÂ·ft (441 NÂ·m) and also the 6.0 liter Vortec High-Output V8 rated at 345 hp (257 kW) at 5200 rpm and 380 lbÂ·ft (515 NÂ·m) of torque at 4000 rpm.
A military version of the truck is offered as well and is affectionately known as the Milverado and is being used by the US Army under the COMBATT (Commercially Based Tactical Truck) program. The GM bid beat rival bids from Chrysler (Dodge RAM 2500/3500), Ford (F-350 Super Duty) and Hummer (H1097A2 Wagon). While the platform is similar to the civilian issue Silverado, the military platform is understandabley heavily armored.
The Chevy S10 truck was first marketed by General Motors in 1982 under the name S15 and Sonoma. A high performance version was also released called the GMC Cyclone.
The Isuzu Hombre was another version of the Chevy S10 produced from 1996 through the year 2000. An suv version was also produced and was known as the S10 Blazer. Together these were know as the S Series Trucks.
By 1994 all of the special editions were gone and the Iron Duke and 2.8 L 60Â° V6 engines were dropped, leaving just the 4.3 L Vortec and a new 2.2 L engine, itself a derivative of the old Cavalier OHV. A high-output version of the 4.3 was offered on the “SS” model. The ChevyS10 SS was a high performance version of the S10 and a limited amount were produced yearly.
The S10 Blazer was introduced in 1983 a year after the S10 pickup was placed on the market as a replacement for the outgoing Chevy Luv. The Blazer was based on the S10 pickup platform and shared many features with the pickup. Most differences were cosmetic, although some stylizing cues were based on the K5 Blazer and the Jimmy. The most notable difference was the non removable hard top which its larger counterparts came standard with.
GM’s 2.0 L OHV four cylinder engine was originally offered as an option but the V6 was refitted with a throttle-body fuel injection system for 1986 in order to improve performance and fuel economy. This engine was enormously popular as it was felt the four cylinder had offered too little in the way of power.
In 1993 the S10 Blazer engine was overhauled again to the 4.3 L (262 cu in) LB4 V6. This would be the last change besides slight cosmetic upgrade that Chevrolet would give to the S10 Blazer and in 1994 it was dropped from the Chevrolet line up.
The Geo Prizm was born from the combined efforts of both General Motors and Toyota. Meant to be an entry level compact car, the Prizm was part of the General Motors foray into small import vehicles.
The Prizm replaced the Nova and was initially offered with a 130 horsepower (97 kW) twin-cam engine, sport suspension, disc brakes, and 14-inch (360 mm) wheels. In 1998 General Motors decided that the GEO brand name was confusing to consumers and the decision was made to convert the Prizm and all other Geo models over to the Chevrolet brand name. It was felt that Geo lacking the selling power and legitimacy that the name Chevrolet could provide. And in fact the name change did make a difference, reviving sagging sales and allowing the Prizm to make dents in Ford’s hold on the domestic compact car sales.
1998 was the last redesign seen by the Prizm enginesbefore Chevrolet dropped the product from its line up in 2002.
Classed as a compact car, the Chevy Novawas first produced by Chevrolet in 1962 to take the place of the rear engine Corvair which had taken a beating in sales by the Ford Falcon.
Although not originally offered with a V8 engine, Chevrolet was inundated with requests for this as a dealer installed option. This was due in part because of the huge capacity of the engine compartment. Chevrolet quickly complied and began to include this as one of the offerings with the Nova.
Built to be a compact car, the Nova is light weight and the addition of the V8 engine made this car quite attractive to drag racers. The trend is still visible today and these cars are still actively sought by small track racing enthusiasts all over the country.
The Nova was a very popular car through the seventies. So much so that even the police got in on the act, andChevrolet created a police package. Sold mostly to the Los Angeles sheriff department, the Nova is the only compact car to ever have been selected for a police package.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was produced from 1970 through 2007. Spanning this 17 year range, the Monte Carlo was designed to compete directly with Ford’s wildly popular Thunderbird. All Monte Carlo’s were produced as two door luxury coupes with changes and redesigns in nearly every year of it’s production.
The Monte Carlo was the brain child of Chevrolet’s then general manager, Elliot Estes and leading stylist, Dave Holls. They gave the Monte Carlo it’s bulging fender wells for a more musculature look, hidden windshield wipers which were stylish at the time as well as it’s standard small block V8with a two barrel carburetor
In 1978, in response to the Arab oil embargo, the Monte Carlo was lightened considerably and it lost roughly 800lbs. The engine compartment was also smaller as the 350 and 400 V8s offered in previous years were dropped in favor of a standard 231 CID V6 built by Buick or an optional Chevrolet 305 CID V8.
The Monte Carlo was used extensively in the NASCAR circuit by drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, his son Dale Earnhardt jr and Jeff Gordon. This fame propelled the Monte Carlo into the 21st century and special commemorative packages were offered to bolster sales that had started to slide. These used the popular 3.4 L OHV V6 engine.
The Chevrolet Malibu, named after Malibu, California was introduced in 1964 as a top of the line sub series of the full size Chevelle. A lot of body styles were offered under the Malibu name including a four door sedan and a sporty 2 door coupe called the Malibu SS
In 1966 Chevy replaced the Malibu SS with a new Chevelle SS featuring a big block V8 engine. The interior featured an all vinyl bench seat and other equipment that was similar to the Malibu SS.
The Malibu’s have seen many changes through out the years. And the present generation of Malibu engines are no exception. These engines have aluminum blocks and heads,dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, twin balance shafts, and variable valve timing.
For 2009 Chevrolet has included Onstar and a standard feature for all Malibu’s. Safety features have also been upgraded such as the six airbags which include two dual-stage front bags, two side-impact curtain air bags protecting the heads of both front and rear passengers, and two side-impact thorax bags mounted in the front seats.
The Chevy Lumina APV tag stands for All Purpose Vehicle and was Chevrolets second attempt to wrest part of the minivan market away from Chrysler. The first engine in these vans was a 3.1 L V6, and lacked the power to efficiently move the relatively heavy van.
In 1994 the Lumina received an engine upgrade to a 3.8L which provided a lot more get up and go for the minivan, so much more infact that the Lumina APV enginewas the strongest in the minivan market until Ford introduce the Windstar in 1996 with a substantial 200 horses under the hood.
Modest sales continued however and the plug was pulled in late 1995 and was replaced by Chevrolet’s complete new designed minivan the Venture.
Production of the Lumina minivan engines ceased in 1996, at which time the Tarrytown plant which produced them and which had been in operation since 1900, was shuttered and scheduled for demolition.
The Chevrolet Lumina is a 4 door sedan and not to be confused by the minivan manufactured by Chevrolet that has a similar name of the Lumina APV. The names of these vehicles were so confusing in fact that Chevrolet dropped the Lumina APV and replaced it in 1997 with the Chevy Venture.
The Chevy Lumina shares a platform with several other General Motors vehicles including the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Oldsmobile Intrigue and the Buick Regal.
For the years 1990 through 1994 Chevrolet offered three different types of Lumina engines, which include the 3.1 Liter L82 V6, the 3.4Liter DOHC and the 3.8 Liter L36 V6. In 1995 a redesign of the popular Lumina was set to include a number of sport options including an upgraded sound system and electric sunroof coupled with a more powerful engine. Chevy also moved to introduce the Lumina with police and taxi packages when the Caprice was dropped in 1996.
The Chevrolet Impala was first introduced in the late 1950′s and is one of the few cars that has been in continuous production by General Motors since its inception in 1958. The Impala was Chevrolet’s most expensive vehicle from 1958-1965 and was billed as a a “prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen.” From 1960 to 1970 the Impala was the top selling car in the United states and it still dominates today as the 8th best selling sedan world wide.
The earliest model Impala engineswere the 250 cu in (4.1 L) and have grown in size and power to include the Police Package models which utilize a 3.9 liter (237 cu in) V6 which are used in police cruiser models. Because of the low production numbers for the police package, General Motors was not inclined to design a new cooling system for a V8 engine package.
The 2006 Chevy Impala is essentially the same design that is in production through the present and utilizes base engine is a 3.5 liter (214 cu in) V6 producing 211 horsepower. The most notable thing for the current Impala is the SS model which features a Generation IV small-block V8 in a front-wheel drive Chevrolet for the first time.