1987 Chevy Half-Ton Specs

by Karen Taylor
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Chevrolet is owned by General Motors (GM). The Chevy half-ton truck was more commonly known as the C/K model starting in 1960. The "C" indicated a conventional cab, while the "K" designated a four-wheel-drive model, until in 1987 when the label was changed to R/V. In 1999, the truck was renamed the SIlverado, with the half-ton model carrying the "1500" label. The 1987 model year marked the end of the third generation of these trucks.

Model and Production

The 1987 trucks were the last vehicles produced with this particular body style. Changes for this year included computer-controlled ignition and Throttle Body Injection. The same bed and tail lights were used for the entire production run from 1973 to 1987. This was the last year for the "stepside" bed as well as the final year for the rounded line of trucks. Chevy trucks used a 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) in 1987. Trucks were produced at Janesville, St. Louis and Flint, Mich., plants in 1987.


The 1987 Chevy truck featured a V-8 engine -- with either a regular fuel option or diesel. The trucks were available with either a three-speed automatic transmission or a four-speed manual. Trucks were offered in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. The fuel tank could hold about 40 gallons, and gas mileage was about 14 mpg.


Overall length for a truck with a six-foot bed was 191.3 inches. The truck was 69.8 inches high. Wheelbase clocked in at 164.5 inches. Gross vehicle weight was about 6,000 pounds.

Layout and Features

Chrome front bumpers were standard. Other features included a striped vinyl seat, clock, radio, gauge-type instrument cluster, tinted glass, air conditioning, cargo lamp, cruise control and power steering. Numerous colors were available.

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