Chevrolet 5500 Truck Specs

by Kent Tukeli

Chevrolet 5500 trucks are versatile, medium-duty trucks that can be converted from a commercial vehicle to a school bus or even a motorhome. The truck achieves multi-purpose use through a heavily modifiable chassis that can be altered to suit the driver's needs. A powerful engine provides the necessary strength for these medium-sized jobs, and features such as an anti-lock braking system and a sturdy suspension provides a safe and smooth ride.


The Chevrolet 5500 truck has a three-person regular cab and a six person crew cab. With a crew cab, the 5500 measures 26 feet 3 inches in length, 8 feet in width and 7 feet 7 inches in width, with a wheelbase of 16 feet 2 inches. The regular cab has a wheelbase of 10 feet 8 inches and measures 17 feet 1 inch long, 8 feet wide and 7 feet 6 inches tall. The truck has a ground clearance of 8 inches and a step-in height of 19 inches. The chassis can be modified for motorhome, schoolbus or commercial uses.


A Chevrolet 5500 truck features a front-mounted 6.6-liter engine with eight valves and a rear-wheel drive. The truck is capable of up to 325 horsepower and 5,500 rpm, creating up to 520 foot-pounds of torque using a five-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission. The fuel system is turbocharged and carries up to 60 gallons.


The truck comes with 15-inch hydraulic disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking. The wheels are 19.5 inches by 6 inches, and the 5500 has a minimum turning diameter of 38.6 feet with a regular cab, 47 feet with the crew cab. The front suspension features an I-beam axle with 35-millimeter shock absorbers, and the rear suspension has a full floating axle with similar shock absorbers. Cruise control and driver-side airbag are available as well.

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