1985-1987 Chevrolet One-Ton Truck 3500 Specifications

by Dan Boone

In the 1970s and 1980s, Chevy pickup trucks were referred to as C/Ks. The C designated a two-door, while the K indicated a four-door. In the early 1980s, Chevrolet changed features of its pickups, a process that continued through the decade. In the years 1985 to 1987, Chevrolet's one-ton 3500 was known as a solid performer. General Motors changed the C/K name to to R/V in 1987.


In the 1970s, Chevy had a 185-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch, 6.6-liter, small-block V8. This changed in the 1980s, when the 151-horsepower 379-cubic-inch, 6.2-liter engine was introduced with a Detroit Diesel V8. In 1985, a 262-cubic-inch 4.3-liter LBI replaced all in-line V6 engines on the Chevrolet one-ton 3500 model. Chevy introduced the new 262-cubic-inch 4.3-liter engine that year, and a 305-cubic-inch (5-liter) small-block V8 was added as an option. Fuel injection was added in 1987, and independent front suspension with 7.4 V8 engine.


Chevy's CK trucks got a face-lift in the 1980s. Changes were made to the grilles and hood, creating a shorter and flatter look for the Chevy 3500. Square headlamps were fitted with halogen bulbs. Turn signals were placed on the bumper. Chrome front bumpers were standard. A square body was featured, and a long bed was added. A crew cab and "bonus cab" were also options on the 1985 to 1987 Chevy 3500.

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1987 was a transitional year for Chevy's one-ton trucks and the 3500 model. New versions were released, which included a Fleetside cab and and a Stepside single-cab.

About the Author

Dan Boone has been writing since 1999. His work has appeared on CaribbeanChannel.com and he wrote for the "Virgin Voice" magazine and its website, Virgin Voices. Boone has a Bachelor of Arts in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also holds a certificate in digital-sound engineering from the Trebas Institute in Montreal.

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