1984 Chevrolet K-30 4x4 Silverado Camper
The third generation of the C/K series is a range of trucks that was manufactured by General Motors. Marketed under the Chevrolet and GMC brands from the 1973 to the 1991 model years, General Motors gave this generation of the model line the "Rounded Line" moniker. Produced across 18 model years, this series is the third-longest produced model of American pickup trucks (behind only the Dodge...
The third generation of the C/K series is a range of trucks that was manufactured by General Motors. Marketed under the Chevrolet and GMC brands from the 1973 to the 1991 model years, General Motors gave this generation of the model line the "Rounded Line" moniker. Produced across 18 model years, this series is the third-longest produced model of American pickup trucks (behind only the Dodge D/W-series/Ram pickup and the Jeep Gladiator/Pickup).
Introduced as the successor for the 1967–1972 "Action Line" C/K trucks, the third generation C/K expanded its product range to a four-door crew cab pickup truck for the first time alongside the traditional two-door pickup and chassis cab trucks. As with the previous generation, the model line served as the basis for the Suburban and Blazer/Jimmy full-size SUVs and shared body commonality with GM medium-duty commercial trucks.
Throughout their production, K-Series (later V-series) pickup trucks included multiple four-wheel drive systems. Regardless of the type of four-wheel drive system equipped, all K-Series pickups featured four-corner Vari-Rate multi-leaf springs, front live axle with symmetrical (inline) shock absorber geometry, and the Load Control rear suspension system. K-Series pickups also featured an off-road oriented design, with the transfer case bolted directly to the transmission and running gear tucked up as high as possible under the vehicle to reduce the chances of snagging vital components on obstacles, as well as to achieve a low silhouette and optimal ground clearance. Exposed brake lines wrapped in steel were standard, with underbody skid plate armor optional for further protection.
A new Shift-on-the-move four-wheel drive system with two-speed dual range New Process 208 aluminum transfer case was introduced on K-Series pickups for the 1981 model year. It replaced the permanent four-wheel drive system, on pre-1980 models. The shift-on-the-move four-wheel drive system featured new automatic self locking hubs and synchronized direct high range planetary gearing, such that the truck could be shifted from two-wheel drive, to fully locked four-wheel drive at speeds of up to 25 mph. Once the shift from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive was made, the vehicle could be driven at any forward or reverse speed. Four drive modes were offered: Two High, Four High, Neutral, and Four Low. Two High gave a 0:100 torque split, with Four High yielding a locked 50:50 torque split through direct synchronized gearing. Four Low applied reduction gearing with a 2.61:1 ratio, compared to the previous New Process 205's 1.96:1. The front and rear propeller shafts were locked at all times in Four High and Four Low. Neutral was provided for disengagement of both propeller shafts. Conventional four-wheel drive was still available with manual locking hubs.
Our 1984 K-30 4x4 Silverado pickup represents the very thing Grandpa would have taken Grandma south to the winter for. A factory optioned 454 V8 for big power and torque, mated to its factory 4-speed manual tranny would get Granny there in no time. And lets not forget the matching rear camper to boot! And if you're like us, no real truck is complete without a set of cab lights up top.