1966 Chevrolet Pickup Specificationsby Dan Boone
The 1966 Chevrolet pickup truck was manufactured in large numbers. Many of these pick-ups remain, if not on the roads, then in antique show rooms or among collectors. This fleet of durable vehicles contributed to Chevrolet's solid sales that year, and accounted for more than $10 million in sales.
Engine and Transmission
1966 was the first year Chevrolet introduced the 327 V8 engine with a turbo hydromatic transmission. Consumers buying Chevy pick-ups could choose among several engine and transmission options. Available engines included a 3.9L OHV I-6 with 135 horse power, 4.1L OHV I-6 with 140 horse power, 4.3L OHV I-6 with 150 horsepower, 4.8L OHV I-6 with 165 to 170 horsepower and a 4.6L OHV V-8 engine with 160-175 horse power. Buyers could choose a three or four-speed manual or two or three speed automatic transmission.
The interior was minimal. A simple instrument panel controlled two-speed windshield wipers, back up lamps and a turn the knob AM radio, which was the standard sound system. Seat belts and dual long arm mirrors completed the cab.
A few options could be added to the 1966 Chevrolet pick up. Buyers could opt for an extra heavy-duty battery and 52-amp Delcotron alternator. They could also upgrade to a deluxe heater if they lived in colder climates. Two chrome bumpers were available to enhance the truck's appearance. A foam seat and heavy-duty front and rear shocks could improve the ride. More options included oil bath air cleaner and tinted windshields.