2004 Chevy C4500 Specs

by Chris Burrows

Chevy's two-wheel drive C Series trucks have been hauling loads since 1960. The 2004 model C4500 offers improvements over previous models and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of up to 17,500 lbs. with a variety of body configurations.

Powertrain

Classified by the EPA as a Class 4 size vehicle, the 2004 model-year C4500 could be ordered with either a Vortec 8100 OHV gas-powered V8 or a Duramax 6600 OHV diesel V8. The gas engine, mated to a ZF S6-650 six-speed manual transmission, produces up to 325 horsepower at 3,000 RPM and a peak of 450 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 RPM. The Duramax diesel powerplant, mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic, tops out at 300 horsepower at 3,000 RPM and 520 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,800 RPM.

Configurations

Available configurations for the 2004 Chevy C4500 include the one to three passenger regular cab (with an available 128- to 206-inch wheelbase), a crew cab with seating for up to six (169- to 235-inch wheelbase), motor home cutaway chasis (165.5- to 213.5-inch wheelbase), a commercial cutaway chasis (165.5- to 195.5-inch wheelbase), and school bus chasis (165.5- to 195.5-inch wheelbase).

Drivetrain

Front suspension for the C4500 incorporates an I-beam axle, parabolic tapered-leaf springs and 35-mm shock absorbers. The back includes a full-floating axle, multi-leaf springs, tapered-leaf springs, 35-mm shock absorbers, and a 44.5-mm stabilizer bar attached to hub-piloted steel 19.5-inch-by-6-inch eight-hole wheels. Stopping power comes from four-wheel hydraulic 15-inch disc brakes with four-channel ABS.

Other Measurements

Standing 90.6 inches tall, the C4500 is 95.8 inches wide and has 8.4 inches of ground clearance. A 25-gallon fuel tank is standard with options increasing capacity to 60 gallons. Turning diameter is 38.6 feet for the regular cab and 47 feet for the crew cab.

About the Author

A professional writer since 2006, Chris Burrows has covered news, sports and automotive topics as a blogger and Chicago-based journalist. Burrows holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master of Arts in journalism from DePaul University.

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