Chevrolet's C-series trucks were introduced in 1960, and they've since earned their place as classic full-sized pickup trucks. The 1969 C50 was part of the second generation of C-series trucks, which started in 1967. Chevrolet started marketing this pickup truck as a more general-purpose vehicle, rather than just a work truck. These C50s featured a newly redesigned body style and a full range of engine and transmission options.
The 1969 C50 pickup truck was available with three different gasoline engines, including a 292 in-line six-cylinder engine that produced 170 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 275 foot-pounds of torque at 2,400 rpm. Other engine options included the 350 V-8, which output 200 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 325 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm, and the 366 V-8, which generated 235 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 345 foot-pounds of torque at 2,600 rpm.
Customers that were interested in a diesel-fueled 1969 C50 had a choice between the Detroit Diesel (4-53N) engine, which offered 130 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 278 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm, or the more powerful Toro-Flow Diesel (DH478) engine, which output 165 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 337 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm.
Transmission options for the six-cylinder 292 engine included Chevy's four-speed manual, a New Process (NP) five-speed manual and an Allison five-speed automatic. Transmission options for the 350 and 366 included Chevy's four-speed manual, a Clark five-speed manual, a Spicer five-speed manual, the NP five-speed manual and the Allison five-speed automatic. The Detroit Diesel (4-53N) could have either the Clark five-speed manual or the Spicer five-speed manual, and the the Toro-Flow Diesel (DH478) had only one option -- the NP five-speed manual.
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