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Chevrolet K20 Parts and Chevrolet K20 Accessories

Chevrolet K20: What You Didn't Know

  • The Chevrolet K20 was among the first generation of pickup trucks that featured a lot of firsts including the drop-center ladder frame and independent front suspension. A new designation system was also introduced by General Motors in 1960. The new name scheme proved to be more convenient and easier to remember.

  • The "K" in Chevrolet K20 is an indication that it is a four-wheel drive. It was derived from the name system of the trucks to signify and to know easily which class or trim they belong to. The Chevrolet K20 was also badged as Apache 20.

  • In 1985, Chevrolet offered two variants of the 3/4-ton K20 platform-the pickup truck and the sport utility vehicle (SUV). The pickup truck was endowed with a regular cab while the K20 SUV was also fondly known as the Suburban.

  • The 1985 Chevrolet K20 pickup truck has two tire options-the first one was a 215/85-16 tire, which measured 8.46 inches in length; the second tire option was 235/85-16, which was slightly wider with a measurement of 9.25 inches across.

  • The 1984 Chevrolet K20 came in six trim packages. One of these packages was the Custom Deluxe, which came in with padded bench seat, arm rests, and dashboard. It also included courtesy lights, sun visors, and stainless-steel grill moldings. Another well-adored trim of the Chevrolet K20 was the Cheyenne trim that was furnished with a nylon carpeting, custom steering wheel, and extra insulation. There was also a trim called the Scottsdale, which had all the features of the Custom Deluxe. And in addition to that, chrome bumpers, hub caps, and a rear-window trim adorned the Scottsdale.

  • The Chevrolet K20 pickup was equipped with the second generation big block engine of the V8 series called the Chevrolet 366. This engine was a tall deck motor especially used in the medium-duty trucks and large vehicles of Chevrolet. It was the most appropriate engine for 3-ton or 4-ton trucks, a classification where the Chevrolet K20 belonged to. The job of these trucks were not mainly for towing, but the Chevrolet 366 V8 engine was still designed to be tough enough for all of Chevrolet's pickup models.

Chevrolet K20 Articles

  • Chevrolet K20 Problems

    The Chevrolet K20 looked like a very muscular and powerful 4-wheel-drive automobile since its introduction in the 1960s. It was equipped with sturdy car components from the interior to the exterior, and its engine performance was also deemed to be satisfying among its drivers. However, all tough-looking automobiles still have even slight weaknesses in them. The Chevrolet K20 is not an exception to this fact. The following are some of the common problems found in this pickup truck:

    Service brakes

    Reported problems with the service brakes of the Chevrolet Express 3500 included improperly positioned brake pedal push rod retainers. Now, every component in the braking system is vital. Damages or defects in these parts could cause accidents or collisions. When these rod retainers fail, the stop lamp switch and the brake booster push rod might disconnect from the brake pedal. Consequently, loss of brake operation would be apparent. A recall was done to correct this defect. Express 3500 vehicles were inspected, and the rod retainers were fixed in such cases when they were in the wrong position.

    Oil filter

    The gasket in the oil filter of the Chevrolet Express 3500 tend to become supple over time especially under high temperature and extreme pressure. Because of this defect, engine oil might seep out. It is very dangerous, since this leak could result into a fire. As a response to this concern by Express 3500 owners, Chevrolet recalled the affected vehicles to replace the defective oil filters. This recall happened sometime in 2007.


    It was discovered that the bolts attaching the seat recliner to the seat frame had a tendency to become loose or fractured. As a result, this damage could make the seat recline all of a sudden. It may seem like a funny scenario; but if it happens on the driver's seat while the car is running, it could mean a serious accident. Chevrolet recalled the damaged vehicles. Washers were installed between the seat recliner and seat frame, and new retaining bolts were torqued to a higher specification. All the fabric and foam, which were located between the recliner assembly and the seat frame, were taken out as well.