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K5 1500 and V10 names

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by scottnj, Apr 28, 2003.

  1. scottnj

    scottnj 1/2 ton status

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    Hello. I had someone ask me this, why did they change the name from K5 to the 1500 truck designation, and then why V10 in the auto parts books?
    Also when did they actually change from the K5 name, 1987, 89?
    Thanks for you alls help again

    scott
     
  2. mosesburb

    mosesburb For Rent Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    The "R" (2wd) and "V" (4wd) series came along in 1987, when GM knew they were going to release the new body style in 1988. Rather than assign a new "designation" to the new line of trucks, they re-designated the "old" body style a year early in 1987. Technically there were no light duty C/K trucks made in 1987, but the C/K designation returned in 1988 with the new body style. The R/V series hung around until 1991, when the new body style crew cabs, Blazers and Suburbans debuted--no more solid front axle:(. So to answer the question the K5 technically went away in 1987 when the V5/V10 Blazer showed up. I have seen many different references to the nomenclature of the Blazer throughout the years (K5/K10/K1500). I am not sure exactly when the "1500" designation showed up but it would have been somewhere in the '87 up area. Hope this helps, Nick
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    The "R" (2wd) and "V" (4wd) series came along in 1987, when GM knew they were going to release the new body style in 1988. Rather than assign a new "designation" to the new line of trucks, they re-designated the "old" body style a year early in 1987. Technically there were no light duty C/K trucks made in 1987, but the C/K designation returned in 1988 with the new body style. The R/V series hung around until 1991, when the new body style crew cabs, Blazers and Suburbans debuted--no more solid front axle:(. So to answer the question the K5 technically went away in 1987 when the V5/V10 Blazer showed up. I have seen many different references to the nomenclature of the Blazer throughout the years (K5/K10/K1500). I am not sure exactly when the "1500" designation showed up but it would have been somewhere in the '87 up area. Hope this helps, Nick

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    I second all that, and DAMN! I couldn't have said it better than you did! /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    wadinator 1/2 ton status

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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I agree!

    As far as I'm concerned, K5 is the fullsized 2dr blazers up to 1991. R10 and V10, R20 and V20, etc... I always figure R series are 2wd and V series are 4wd.....10, 20, 30, refers to 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton models, and were replaced with 1500, 2500, and 3500 in 1988. So I guess if someone says the got a 1988 V20 blazer or burb, they're actually wrong cuz the series was changed from V or R 10, 20, & 30 to C or K 1500, 2500, & 3500 in 1988.

    It's all kinda confusing. Although it's probably not 100% accurate, the easy way to remember this crap is just to remember C and R series trucks are 2wd, V and K are 4wd, and 10, 20, and 30 are the same as 1500, 2500, and 3500 and stand for 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton.

    My question is, what exactly is a K10 blazer? I'm not sure there is such a thing. My guess is that they're either saying that they've swapped in 3/4 ton rears or else they're confusing K10 with V10. But I really don't know.

    This is just a bunch of rambling anyways. If you can make sense out of it, more power to ya! /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
  5. dremu

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    Re: K10 Blazers

    Well, all 4WD Blazers are K-10's, by the standard that a K is a 4WD and a 10 is a 1/2 ton. The GM paperwork for these trucks even calls them that -- models CK10123, that kind of thing. (2WD's are CC10123, for instance.)

    OTOH, you know as well as I do that the badge on the side says "K/5". What does it mean?

    GM was on crack.

    That's my only explanation /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    -- A
     
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    Thank you very much for the answers. That was very helpful.
    The person that asked me has a 1989 and I have a 1991. I know mine actually says 1500, I am sure hers also does.

    Thanks again

    Scott
     

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