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Snakeoil
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What does the 1500, 2500, etc of trucks really mean?

I know 1500 is equal to a quater ton. If my math is correct a quater ton is 500 pounds. Does that mean I can only carry 500 pounds in the bed of my truck?
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Nope. It used to relate like that, but no more. They are simply model numbers. The only way to determine how much you can carry is to look at the GVWR and subtract the actual weight of the truck. My Chevy 2500 weighs 6500 pounds and has a GVWR of 8600 pounds.


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thk you.


jrs8084
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Ok, so I wasn't the only one who questioned that. Now what does the s/k, c/k stuff mean?


CylonRed
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Single cab/crew cab maybe??


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Single cab/crew cab maybe??
Maybe, and I always wondered that. But don't they have a slk? Single long k(c)ab?
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I always thought that number referred to displacement of the engine?


Doctor Olds
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said by Snakeoil:

I know 1500 is equal to a quater ton. If my math is correct a quater ton is 500 pounds. Does that mean I can only carry 500 pounds in the bed of my truck?
1 ton = 2,000 lbs

1500 (1/2 ton)
2500 (3/4 ton)
3500 (1 ton)

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2500 would be some serious displacement. Usually displacement in in liters and 2500L would be huge ...


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said by jrs8084:

Now what does the s/k, c/k stuff mean?
C = 2WD Full Size truck/blazer
K = 4WD Full Size truck/blazer

G = Full Size Van

S = 2WD Small truck/blazer
T = 4WD Small truck/blazer

M = Astro Van

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said by Doctor Olds:

said by jrs8084:

Now what does the s/k, c/k stuff mean?
C = 2WD Full Size truck/blazer
K = 4WD Full Size truck/blazer
G = Full Size Van
S = 2WD Small truck/blazer
T = 4WD Small truck/blazer
M = Astro Van
Thank You. I live a stone's throw from (supposedly) NASCAR country, and I have asked many a die hard Chevy Fan what the above means, and all
I get is a deer in the headlights look.
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NEver said I knew anything about trucks.

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"I live a stone's throw from (supposedly) NASCAR country, and I have asked many a die hard Chevy Fan..."

I strongly advise you NOT to throw any stones at die-hard Chevy fans.


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So how does the W/T work in? Work truck? With Tires?

Also - 1500 = 150 = 1/2 ton....
2500 = 250 = 3/4 ton
3500 = 350 = 1 ton
450 = ?
550 = ?

etc etc etc.....

Sorry, kind of a Ford fan.... used to be a big Dodge fan, but not anymore.... Now, if they would put a Cummins in a Ford, I would be all smiles....
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W/T = Work Truck


Doctor Olds
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So how does the W/T work in?
Below is a 4500 and the Series go up in the same rate for tons. 4500 = 1.5 Ton, 5500 = 1.75 Ton, and 6500 = 2 ton, if my memory serves me.




4500 Series
»www.classyauto.com/v/GMC+4500/Diesel/38460

5500 Series
»www.trucker.com/TruckDetail.aspx?SID=1877372

6500 Series
»www.trucker.com/TruckDetail.aspx?SID=1868500

W, R, V and another code were used and I don't know which they refer to.

Google says that Chevy R1500 and V1500 is the Suburban (one has to be 2WD and the other 4WD). The W/T is Work Truck Silverado style.

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said by neonhomer:

So how does the W/T work in? Work truck?
Work Truck is a "stripped down" 1500. Has only the bare essentials for use by people that are supposed to be using them to make a living. Companies buy them for their employees to use.

My pickup is a K2500 6.5 TD = 3/4 ton, 4x4, 6.5 Liter Turbo Diesel. I use it to pull a 9000 pound fifth-wheel RV trailer.


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good thread, thanks for the explanation Olds.

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What does the 1500, 2500, etc of trucks really mean?

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1500 series truck = You need to be 8' tall to be able to reach into the bed of the truck

2500 series truck = You need to be 10' tall to be able to reach into the bed of the truck



gilligun
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Too bad its not the price

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said by gilligun:

Too bad its not the price
It's close, just add another zero and your there .

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Nope, a 1500 series is not a quarter ton truck!
The numbers are representing the class of truck, .5,1,2,3.etc.... A K-5 Chevy blazer was a (.5) quarter ton truck. A Ford F-100 (class 1) was a 1/2 ton truck. Ford and others started to build 5/8 ton trucks to get around early emissions rules for half ton vehicles. Therefore the F-150, C-1500, K-1500, were utilized by adding some numbers to the base GVW than made them appear to be heavier duty trucks and exempt mainly from unleaded fuels and catalytic converters. Of course, really HD trucks, class 7,8,9 are usually built by companies like Freightliner, Peterbuilt, Volvo, Oshkosh, etc.... GM, Ford, and Dodge quit building large trucks in the US or just sold their respective company to someone else. GM partnered with Volvo, then disappeared. The amount of weight each category/class of truck can carry is based on frame strength, tire and spring/axle capacities. The standards are set by the USDOT to sell/size a particular class of truck. Even though GM gave up the HD market, they continued to sell TOP KICK line of class 7 trucks as Chevy and GMC. A class 3 truck usually carries a GVW of 9000# minimum GVW. The total cargo would be a balanced load that equates to GVW minus actual vehicle weight. An example would be 10,000 GVW less 6500# chassis weight so cargo capacity would be around 3500#. That was a typical 1 Ton wrecker with a light duty body.


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reply to CylonRed
said by CylonRed:

2500 would be some serious displacement. Usually displacement in in liters and 2500L would be huge ...
Displacement for car engines is generally in litres. However, not all engine sizes are measured that way. For example, a 2500 motorcycle would be one with a (pretty large for a bike) 2.5 litre engine.
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That would be 2500 CC correct? Since we were talking about cars - 2500 L would be the displacement. If we were talking about a motorcycle I can understand but I don't remember the last time I saw displacement for a car/truck expressed in anything other than liters.


Doctor Olds
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said by emissionsdoc:

A K-5 Chevy blazer was a (.5) quarter ton truck.
Don't you mean .25 for quarter ton? .5 is half ton.

I haven't seen a K-5 blazer in a while. I had a High School acquaintance that had one of them and it was a blast in the woods of GA. It had the normal removable Fiberglass hardtop and even had the soft top for summer use.

Another strange beast I've not seen in many moons was the 4WD Vandura Van by GMC. Those were strange bad-ass vehicles.


1973 GMC Vandura


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R/V had the same meaning as C/K for a few years. R = 2x4, V = 4x4. It was used beginning in 1987 and referred to trucks/SUVs that had the "rounded-line" style. 1987 was the last year of that style for the 1/2 & (I think 3/4 ton) trucks. In late 87 (as 88 models), the newer (IFS) trucks showed up w/ the C/K designations. The rounded-line (using R/V) design lived on through 91 on Suburbans, K5s, Crew Cab ton trucks, and chassis cab ton trucks.

Also, on a side note, there also exists 2500 light duty and 25000 HD trucks. I don't know if you can find them on the lots today, but in the past you could buy either. Both Ford (F250) & GM (Chevy/ GMC 2500) offered such models. For a while, GM also offered a 1500HD. I think it was only on the crew cab models.
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Doc -

You sure those vans came from the factory w/ 4x4? I'm thinking the ones we see today are conversions. I'm no van expert though
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I'm pretty sure the 4x4 Vandura was factory built.

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said by jrs8084:

Thank You. I live a stone's throw from (supposedly) NASCAR country, and I have asked many a die hard Chevy Fan what the above means, and all I get is a deer in the headlights look.
You have to ask someone who follows the Truck series...


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said by Doctor Olds:

1500 (1/2 ton)
2500 (3/4 ton)
3500 (1 ton)

Regards,

Doctor Olds
HEHE, hate to do this but what does 1/2 ton truck mean?
The current ads say the half ton pickup holds a ton. Our 1 ton van has a payload well over 3500 pounds. Curse all those math classes...

How about small, medium and large

4500 or 450 series = Trucks you can't afford to buy tires for.