Last Wednesday, we talked about Curb Weight, GVWR, GCWR, GAWR, payload capacity and how “tonnage” slang terminology is not reality. Now, let’s put all of that great knowledge to use by deciphering the name’s of old Chevy truck models and old GMC truck models. The automotive slang is in quotes for your reference. To determine which truck you have, just look at the 5th digit of the VIN number. This is the digit of the VIN that tells you the series of the vehicle. Interested in learning more about deciphering your vehicle’s VIN number? For Chevy and GMC full size trucks built after 1980, it will be C, K, R or V. Oooooh, a secret code? Read on…
Chevy C/K Trucks
C-Series Truck = 2 Wheel Drive (1960-2002)
K-Series Truck = 4 Wheel Drive (1960-2000)
Chevy R/V Trucks
R-Series Truck = 2 Wheel Drive (1987-1991)
V-Series Truck = 4 Wheel Drive (1987-1991)
R10 = “½ Ton” 2wd (1987-1988)
R20 = “3/4 ton” 2wd (1987-1988)
R30 = “1 Ton” 2wd (1987-1988)
V10 = “½ Ton” 4wd (1987-1988)
V20 = “3/4 ton” 4wd (1987-1988)
V30 = “1 Ton” 4wd (1987-1988)
Let’s see examples!
Imagine you have a truck with VIN #:
1GCDC14H3G… = 1986 Chevy C10 (2wd, 1/2 ton)
2GCEK19K0J… = 1988 Chevy K1500 (4wd, 1/2 ton)
1GCHR33N7J… = 1988 Chevy R3500 (2wd, 1 ton)
Fun stuff, right?
Now that you understand old Chevy truck models’ names, check out this great read about what the letter in GM’s body styles mean.