1963 Chevrolet Truck Facts

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The 1963 Chevrolet truck was part of Chevy’s venerable C/K series of trucks that were produced between 1960 and 1999. The C/K series best represented the standardization of the pickup truck as a workhorse: It featured minimal changes in body style from year to year—especially the virtually unchanged stepside model over four decades—but many incremental upgrades in mechanical components and cab size. The 1963 model was an early example of rugged durability coupled with some passenger-car amenities.

History

  • The 1963 Chevrolet truck sat in the middle of the first generation 1960 to 1966 series pickups that replaced the old-style vehicles with a high-sitting cab, bulbous fenders and raised hood. The 1963 trucks featured straight lines, flat hood and slab-sided body panels. The two-wheel-drive “C” and four-wheel-drive “K” models were designated 10 (as in C10 or K10), 20 or 30 for the 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ton models respectively, according to Pickuptrucks.com.

Types

  • The 1963 Chevrolet truck was offered in a regular cab with either a standard short cargo box or the long bed version. These light-duty trucks were identified as the Apache model. Larger Chevy trucks of 1 ½ tons and bigger were identified as the Viking model. The Viking 50, for example, was a 2-ton truck. The pickup was available as the slab-sided “Fleetside” or the “Stepside," which featured rear protruding fenders with a step between the cab and fenders for access to the bed. Trim levels were the stripped down Custom and the Deluxe, which featured some amenities.

Size

  • The standard regular cab 1/2-ton Chevy truck sat on a 115-inch wheelbase. The 3/4-ton model equipped with the long cargo box featured a 127-inch wheelbase and the 1-ton model measured 133 inches. Cab dimensions compared to the previous 1950s generation pickups improved with nearly 6 extra inches in hip room and 1.3 inches in head room. Leg room grew by nearly 2 inches over the 1959 truck cabs. The gross vehicle weight of the 1/2-ton four-wheel-drive 1963 truck was 5,200 lbs.

Features

  • The standard equipment in the 1963 Chevrolet truck was minimal. All models were equipped with an AM radio. Optional air-conditioning was available. The unit was dealer-installed under the dashboard. No in-dash factory air was available until 1967. The anodized aluminum grille on the Deluxe truck (grilles on the Custom model were painted white) was embossed with “Chevrolet” across the lower bar. Fender badging consisted of vertical rectangle with the series number at the top and the red Chevy bowtie logo below it. The cargo box, or bed, floor was laid with yellow pine between metal strips. Turn indicators, once an option, had become standard equipment in 1962.

Under the Hood

  • The base engine for the ’63 Chevy truck was the 140-horsepower 230-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder. As an option, the 160-horsepower 292-cubic-inch V-8 was available. Coil-spring front suspension was new in 1963. Engines were matched with either a three- or four-speed manual transmission or the two-speed Powerglide automatic.

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