1983-84: Chevy El Camino/gmc Caballero
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