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"CK" Designation ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TLCOR, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. TLCOR

    TLCOR 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, I know that "WT" is short for Work Truck. But how about "CK", "K" and "C" ? What does it say, and what does it mean ?

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    c is 2wd and k is 4wd
     
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    Thanks.

    Hey. That was fast ! How about when they are combined together ?
     
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    they are never combined in the same truck....

    when we say "CK Trucks" it is C/K Trucks. CK5 is Colorado K5(as if you didn't know that). A single truck can't be a C and a K(if you convert it to 4x4 it just became a K...
     
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    Thanks, again.

    So that is like saying "Chevrolet 4x2 and 4x4 Trucks" ?
     
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    Think of it more as the bodystyle. When C/K is used it means GM trucks 73-87(91 on subs and crews) either C/2WD or K/4WD. Other wise known as the "rounded line" bodystyle. The C/K designations also date back to the previous body style that ended in 72, but generally speaking it would refer to the 73-87 models. When the new bodystyle came out in 88 the designation changed to R/V to indicate either a 2WD or 4WD truck.
     
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    Okay.

    Thanks for the clarification !
     
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    Actually, I think even the 88 & up were C/K .. but usually classed as K1500, or C2500 .. right? That would be vs. the older classification of K10 or C20 etc.

    I *thought* the only time that the R/V series was attached was durring the time that they had both body styles out, but I may wrong about that.
     
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    BAJA_BLAZER 1/2 ton status Author

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    They are part of the VIN, just like Z71, and in the case of my 90 Blazer V10.
     
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    That would be even more logical, IMO..
     
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    Yeah, I believe my 89K5 has the same.

    I should have been a little clearer before ... in the case of the 88 body style of a 1 ton regular cab, it would have a K3500 designation, while a 88 crewcab, with the older body style will have a V3500. At least that's what I thought.
     
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    Anyone with GM Truck Education that can help us out ? :D
     
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    Short answer: Yep.

    C and K were used for 2wd and 4wd pickups and utes 73-87. (Err, prolly 67+, but I'm not so good on pre-73.)

    For 88-91, C and K were used for 2wd and 4wd vehicles of the 'new' body style, which were the single and extended cab pickups only.

    In these years the R and V designations were given to the "old" body style vehicles, which were the Blazer/Jimmy, Suburban, and Crew- and Bonus Cab pickups (sixpacks, whatever you wanna call them :) )

    After that I don't pay attention; I have enough fun with these years.

    -- A
     
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    This is the correct answer, ignore other statements. I am pretty certain but not 100% that the new ones are still C and Ks also.
     
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    Mines' a V1500 Suburban :D :dunno: :D
     
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    Right. That means it's between 1988 and 1991, and is a 4WD (V) half-ton (1500).

    -- A
     
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    never heard of the rounded line bodystyle. c is 2wd, k is 4wd. even the '88 to 1999s, they were c/k. c1500, k1500, etc. don't rule them out.

    Also, don't forget the blazers :k5: from '88 to 91. They had that bodystyle, too. :shame:

    CK, CheyenneKid :saweet:
     
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    just agreeing, and adding some info. yes, c is 4x2, and k is 4x4. and yes, they did use them after 88, and even after the redesigned silverado came out. but, the meaning changed a little. still denoted 4x2 and 4x4, but also differentiated it from the new silverado bodystyle. i belive they were mostly sold as work trucks, since they didn't have a redesigned heavy duty yet. and, though i don't hear them advertised like this, i think the silverados are still designated with c and k in official stuff.

    my 94 2wd is c1500 on the title, and my 82 4x4 k5 is k10 on the title. from what i know, the "5" is just to set the blazer apart from the pickups, but the factory actually calls them k10, since they are half tons. makes sense.
     
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    umm thats what Dremu said....

    My 89 Burb was a V2500, thats what the old body style rigs were in 88-91, either V or R.
     
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    "Sixpack" ?

    Never heard that expression used before, how come ? Thanks for all the replys, I will definantly have good use in this Forum..
     

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