1982: Chevro­let LUV

Diesel World - - Vintage Smoke Jim Allen -

Like the other Detroit auto com­pa­nies, Chevro­let ini­tially used a re-badged im­port stand-in as its gas-crunch-in­spired mini­truck. GM snagged the Isuzu truck for the job start­ing in 1972 and called it the LUV (Light Util­ity Ve­hi­cle). It didn’t get a diesel op­tion un­til 1982, which was also the last year for the LUV. It used a 2.2L Isuzu OHV en­gine, which was des­ig­nated LQ7 by GM and C223 by Isuzu. It was nat­u­rally as­pi­rated and op­tional in both the 4x2 or 4x4 mod­els, but only the 4x2 got a 5-speed trans­mis­sion. This en­gine was also used in Isuzu-branded trucks and in the S-10 se­ries Chevy trucks that came in ’83.

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 2.2L (136.6 ci) POWER: 58 hp @ 4,300 rpm TORQUE: 93 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 21:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Nat­u­ral

1982 Chevro­let LUV

1982 2.2L LQ7 diesel

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