For the generation of Chevy trucks between 1988 and 1998, the 1500 referred to the half-ton edition. Trim packages included the base level Cheyenne, mid-level Scottsdale top-of-the-line Silverado. The C designation was for rear-wheel drive and the K designated a four-wheel-drive. The strength of the model was a reliable and powerful engine, and the weakness was the way the body and interior were put together.
Several options were available for the 1998 1500 half-ton pickup. The V8 engine was the most popular with a four-speed automatic transmission. A six-cylinder, and a diesel V8 were offered, but were not sold often. Two- or four-wheel drive were available with any engine on any of the three trim packages, making options plentiful. Standard and extended cabs were available on all models.
Two V-8 engines were offered, the The 5.0 liter put out 230 horsepower while the 5.7 liter was rated at 255. The V-6, 4.3 liter was rated at 200 horsepower. Even though the V-8 was more popular, the V-6 was considered standard. A five-speed manual transmission was standard and the four-speed automatic was optional. Both transmissions had overdrive.
The standard model was rated at 18 to 22 miles per gallon, while the eight cylinder was rated at 14 to 19 miles per gallon. The box on the back of the truck ranged from six to eight feet, depending on the size of the cab. The trucks were all 217 inches long and the curb weight was 4,173 pounds. The truck had a wheelbase of 141.5 inches and ran on 15-inch tires. Exterior cargo volume was 55 cubic feet, and with the extended cab, interior cargo volume was 40 cubic feet with the back seats down. Base price for the truck ranged from $17,030 to $23,199.
Standard on all models were heavy duty batteries and alternators, front anti-roll bar, coil front springs and a high center-mounted stop light. A pickup cargo box light was standard along with day-night rear view mirror, front reading lights, and an AM/FM stereo with clock. Air conditioning, power steering, power windows and tilt wheel steering wheel were standard. Gauges on the dashboard included tachometer, oil pressure, volt meter and engine temperature gauges.
Beyond the V-8 engine and automatic transmission, there were many options available. Inside the truck a block heater or engine cooler were available, and a transmission cooler. Extra heavy duty axles were also options. Special wheels were optional, as well as a limited slip differential. A trailer hitch, over sized bumpers, and clear coat or metallic paint were other outside options. Inside consoles and extra storage were also available.
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