Chevrolet C3500 Parts And Chevrolet C3500 Accessories
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The Chevrolet C/K Series has been a longstanding line of pickup trucks by Chevrolet since the 1960\'s. And among the best-selling trucks in the series is the Chevrolet C3500. The 1-ton C3500 was Chevy\'s heaviest model in the C/K lineup, and was the vehicle of choice for many in the commercial and agricultural industries across America.
The C3500 was eventually replaced by Chevrolet with the Silverado 3500, but many Chevy C3500s can still be found on the road today as a testament to their reputation as a durable American workhorse. A huge part of what has made the C3500 so successful today is because of the following features:
The Chevrolet C3500 comes standard with the Vortec \"Big Block\" gasoline designed to provide exceptional control and capability on various road surfaces with or without a trailer. Vortec engines are capable of reaching peak horsepower at low rpms for a flatter torque curve, This, in turn, translates to increased pulling power and ease in traversing rough, inclined terrain. C3500 trucks with the Bi-fuel kit can also switch between gasoline and compressed natural gas.
In addition to the Vortec gasoline engine, buyers can also choose to have the C3500 outfitted with the L65 Turbo Diesel engine. The predecessor of the now-popular Duramax diesel engine, the C3500\'s Turbo Diesel features a cast-iron engine block which helps induce a cleaner burn for increased horsepower and torque.
C3500 all use a Dana Model 80 drive axle, which is a type of full-floating axle with 11-inch ring gears. The front axle is also a solid I-beam drop axle, which is similar to that found in medium and heavy duty trucks, for added strength and durability. And to ensure superior braking performance, the front and rear sprung axles are fitted with heavy duty disc brakes.
In response to the C3500\'s popularity as a trailer hauler has led to the later versions of the C3500 having added features geared towards improving driving with trailers. These features include a trailer sway control system that detects and adapts to the sway of a trailer and automatically applies the brakes of the truck and trailer as necessary. Trucks fitted with diesel engines can also avail of an exhaust brake system that reduces the need for braking when towing or traveling downhill and lessens the wear and tear on the brakes. C3500 owners can also avail of optional rear vision camera for added visibility of the rear when backing up or hitching a trailer.
Depending on the model year, Chevrolet C3500 trucks are also equipped with a roll-formed steel truck bed that is lighter, stronger and more durable than the conventional stamped steel beds used in other full-sized pickup trucks. The truck beds are also coated with spray-in bedliner that adds a permanently bonded layer for added protection against scratches and corrosion. Additional features found in the C3500 include strategically placed heavy duty tie-down hooks, corner step boxes, and option LED truck bed lighting.