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2001 – 2002 Chevy and GMC C3500 HD

Monday, February 16th 2015. | Review

Chevy dropped most of C/K truck lineup by the year 2000, where the C models were 2WD and the K models were 4WD, it was then in its fourth generation, this platform was also known as the GMT400. It most notably added Independent Front Suspension or IFS. The platform came in three different trim levels: Cheyenne, Scottsdale, and Silverado. Yes, the Silverado was still a trim level at that time!

2001 Chevy C3500 HD Work Truck (Silverado Classic)

2001 Chevy C3500 HD Work Truck (Silverado Classic)

There was however one survivor of the GMT400 platform, the C3500 HD, it was referred to as the Chevy Silverado Classic or GMC Sierra Classic in brochures. GM continued to produce and sell this model due to fleet demand. But why, you might ask, do I single out this truck? The cool thing about it was that instead of the Gen VI Vortec 7.4 liter Big Block, it had the, then new, 8.1L Vortec Big Block. Which meant a big bump in power. The 7.4 liter produced a not unimpressive 290 horsepower and 410 ft-lb’s of torque, but the 8.1 liter produced a whopping  340 horsepower and 455 ft-lb’s of torque. It could, of course, also be had with the 6.5 liter V8 Turbo Diesel.

2001 GMC Sierra C3500 HD Dump Truck (Sierra Classic)

2001 GMC Sierra C3500 HD Dump Truck (Sierra Classic)

So if you like the look of the old C3500/GMT400 platform, but want a newer, bigger motor, look for a 2001 or 2002 C3500 HD (the HD was never offered in 4WD, so no K3500 HD).

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