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.

About the Author

Kent Tukeli has been writing for business and media organizations since 2007, including Valnet Inc., Top Affiliate Publishing and Mirvish Productions. He honed his skills at the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.

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