1983-84: Chevy El Camino/gmc Ca­ballero

Diesel World - - Vintage Smoke Light Trucks: Part Two -

For 1983 Chevy and GMC made the 5.7L diesel V8 avail­able for El Camino buy­ers, still un­der the LF9 code. This was the down­sized El Camino G-body model built from ’82-87. The diesel stayed in the lineup through 1984 even though the 6.2L diesel had al­ready de­buted for full­sized trucks. By ’82 all the up­grades and fixes had been done to the 5.7L, thus mak­ing it a pretty re­li­able pow­er­plant and a good fit for the very light duty El Camino. It wasn’t a rocket ship but the torque was good and it de­liv­ered an EPA rat­ing of 18 city, 24 high­way and 20 com­bined with a 3-speed au­to­matic and 2.29:1 axle ra­tios. This was con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than even the 3.8L V6 gas (15/17/19), but with the op­tion cost­ing $700, was it worth it?

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 5.7L (350ci) POWER: 105 hp @ 3,200 rpm TORQUE: 200 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 22.5:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Nat­u­ral

1983 Chevro­let El Camino

5.7L Chevro­let V8 diesel

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