Chevy K30 Specificationsby Vern Hee
The Chevy one-ton, four-wheel drive pickup has a designation of K-30. In 1960 Chevy came out with a new line of trucks, and with that a new letter designation system. The letter "K" was used for their four-wheel drive trucks. A standard two-wheel rear drive received a "C" designation. Other designations established that year included the "P," for forward control, "L" for low cab forward, "S" for a school bus and finally an "M" for a tandem vehicle. The "C" and "K" labelling survived and stayed with Chevy until 1997.
The 1960 K-30
In 1960 the K-30 one-ton trucks saw some needed changes. The truck was built bigger, with a new wheel base of 133 inches. A larger rear window was also added in 1960 to increase viewing, and the interiors were roomier for comfort. The standard windshield was a dog leg type. The 1960 K-30 had leaf springs in the rear with front torsion bars in the front. The standard engine was a 235 3.9 liter V-6 with 136 horsepower. The 261 cubic inch 4.3 liter 150 horsepower V-6 engine and the 283 4.6 liter cubic inch V-8 with 185 horsepower were optional.
1986 Chevy K-30
In 1986 Chevy K-30 had an new look. It had a longer body, with more leg room inside the cab. The body had a sloped nose style. During that year, beds came in long and short. Chevy still used fleetside to designate a regular bed and stepside for a flareside or curved bed. The K-30 could be purchased as a dual four-wheel drive and in a crew cab or extended bonus cab with more room for cargo in the cab. In 1986 two power plants were available, the 350 cubic inch V-8 with 160 horsepower with 260 foot-pounds of torque and a four barrel carburetor, and the powerful 454 cubic inch V-8 had 230 horsepower with 360 foot-pounds of torque. This system had for induction a four barrel carburetor. 1986 was the last year of the carburetors.
The 1996 K-30 pickup featured a V-8 350 cubic inch Vortec overhead valve 5.7 liter engine with 250 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and a torque of 335 foot-pounds at 2,800 rpm. The truck had a wheelbase 142 inches wide. It had front wheel power disc brakes with drum brakes in the rear. The truck also featured on-demand switching, meaning the driver did not have to stop to switch to four-wheel drive. For induction, the engine was equipped with sequential fuel injection. This truck received 12 miles per gallon in the city with 16 miles per gallon on the highway.
Vern Hee started writing professionally in 2009. He works as a reporter for the "Pahrump Valley Times." Hee taught elementary school for eight years and worked in the landscape construction field for 20 years. Hee holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley and is a veteran of the United States Navy.