Although based on corresponding Chevrolet car lines, the vehicle is classified and titled in North America 1995 chevy blazer repair manual pdf a truck. Renamed Caballero in 1978, it was also produced through the 1987 model year.
Sunday and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays”. Ford designer Lew Bandt developed a suitable solution, and the first coupé utility model was released in 1934. 1930s and the desire for improved comfort saw coupé utility sales climb at the expense of the roadster utility until, by 1939, the latter was all but a fading memory. Cameo offered an array of car-like features that included passenger-car styling, fiberglass rear fenders, two-tone paint, a relatively luxurious interior, as well as an optional V8 engine, automatic transmission, and power assists. However, Ford also introduced the 1957 Ranchero, and established a new market segment in the U.
In 1959, Chevrolet responded with the El Camino to compete with Ford’s full-sized Ranchero. The original El Camino and Ranchero would compete directly only in the 1959 model year. Ranchero, some 22,000 to 14,000. El Camino was available with any full-sized Chevrolet drivetrain. It came in a single trim level, its exterior using the mid-level Bel-Air’s trim, and the interior of the low-end Biscayne. Its chassis featured Chevrolet’s “Safety-Girder” X-frame design and a full-coil suspension, both introduced in the 1958 model year. 1959 Chevrolets was up to 210.
The El Camino’s payload rating ranged from 650 to 1150 pounds, with gross vehicle weights ranging from 4400 to 4900 pounds depending on powertrain and suspension. The somewhat soft passenger car suspension of the base model left the vehicle level without a load, in contrast the Ranchero, where standard 1100-pound rated heavy duty rear springs gave it a distinct rake when empty. The quirky Level Air suspension option, in its second and final year, was listed as available, but was almost never seen on any Chevrolet model, much less an El Camino. The 1959 El Camino was promoted as the first Chevrolet pickup built with a steel bed floor instead of wood. The floor was a corrugated sheetmetal insert, secured with 26 recessed bolts.