Last Wednesday, we talked about Curb Weight, GVWR, GCWR, GAWR, payload capacity and how “tonnage” slang ax is no reality. Now, stop put every one of that great knowledge to use by deciphering the name’s that old Chevy van models and also old GMC van models. The automotive slang is in estimates for your reference. To recognize which van you have, simply look in ~ the 5th digit of the VIN number. This is the number of the VIN the tells you the series of the vehicle. Interested in learning an ext about deciphering your vehicle’s VIN number? For Chevy and GMC full size trucks built after 1980, it will be C, K, R or V. Oooooh, a secret code? read on…

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Chevy C/K Trucks

C-Series Truck = 2 Wheel drive (1960-2002)

K-Series Truck = 4 Wheel drive (1960-2000)

C10 = “½ Ton” 2wd (1960-1987)C20 = “3/4 ton” 2wd (1960-1988)C30 = “1 Ton” 2wd (1960-1988)

K10 = “½ Ton” 4wd (1960-1987)K20 = “3/4 ton” 4wd (1960-1988)K30 = “1 Ton” 4wd (1960-1988)

C1500 = “1/2 Ton” (1988-1999)C2500 = “3/4 Ton” (1988-2000)C3500 = “1 Ton” (1988-2002)

K1500 = “1/2 Ton” (1988-1999)K2500 = “3/4 Ton” (1988-2000)K3500 = “1 Ton” (1988-2000)

Chevy R/V Trucks

R-Series Truck = 2 Wheel journey (1987-1991)

V-Series Truck = 4 Wheel drive (1987-1991)

R10 = “½ Ton” 2wd (1987-1988)R20 = “3/4 ton” 2wd (1987-1988)R30 = “1 Ton” 2wd (1987-1988)

V10 = “½ Ton” 4wd (1987-1988)V20 = “3/4 ton” 4wd (1987-1988)V30 = “1 Ton” 4wd (1987-1988)




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R1500 = “1/2 Ton” ( didn’t Exist!?)R2500 = “3/4 Ton” (1989)R3500 = “1 Ton” (1989-1991)

V1500 = “1/2 Ton” (Didn’t Exist!?)V2500 = “3/4 Ton” (1989)V3500 = “1 Ton” (1988-1991)

Let’s watch examples!

Imagine you have a truck with VIN #:

1GCDC14H3G… = 1986 Chevy C10 (2wd, 1/2 ton)

2GCEK19K0J… = 1988 Chevy K1500 (4wd, 1/2 ton)

1GCHR33N7J… = 1988 Chevy R3500 (2wd, 1 ton)

Fun stuff, right?

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