The story of Billy Durant and Louis Chevrolet’s quest to regain control of General Motors began in 1911. Durant was the former president of GM, but was ousted because the management of GM thought he was not capable of running a company the size of GM. Many years later, the car company is proud to boast about the Silverado pickup, Crateenginesforsale.com has affordable Crate Silverado Engines for Sale Ready to Ship.
Durant and Chevrolet started their own car company using Chevrolet’s name, and by 1916 the company was generating enough profit to buy 54.6% of GM’s stock. Durant walked into GM’s offices and appointed himself president.
GM didn’t manufacture trucks until Durant was running the company again. In 1918, the first truck rolled off GM’s production line with a 4-cylinder, 171 cubic inch overhead valve, 21.7 SAE horsepower engine under the hood. That engine powered GM trucks until 1928. The first overhead valve 6-cylinder engine was introduced in 1929, and Ford tried to match that achievement with a flat head V8 in 1932.
The 46 horsepower, 194 cubic inch V6, OHV cast iron Chevy engine was the power behind the slogan “A Six for the Price of Four.” The Chevy engine had more pulling power thanks to cast iron pistons, a non-pressurized engine lubrication system, an efficient cooling system, and overhead valves.
The new 6-cylnder engine allowed Chevy to upgrade its 1 ton model to a 1-1/2 ton utility model with a 4-speed transmission. The International name became the truck’s identity, but International cars were also on the assembly lines in the late 1920s as well.
Chevy decided to produce a ½ ton roadster pickup in 1932. Roadster pickups started a revolution of sorts in the truck industry, and the Chevy Silverado is one of the products of that revolution. Fast forward to 1999; that’s when GM decided to drop the “C” (2WD) and the “K” (4WD) designation on their trucks and rename them the Silverado series.
The Silverado 1500 was considered the light-duty truck. A Vortec 4300 4.3 litre V6, Vortec 4800 4.8 litre V8, and a Vortec 5300 5.3 litre V8 powered the GMT800 platform. In 2000, the 5.3 litre V8 had a 285 horsepower rating with 325 ft-lbs of torque
. The 6.0 litre Vortec 6000 V8 with 300 horsepower and a 5-speed transmission was added to the lineup in 2001. The Silverado Z71 got a lighter composite box that year, but it didn’t have the high-output engine. GM reworked the body style of the Silverado in 2003, but the engine choices stayed the same.
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