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Old 08-30-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Hello,
I'm wondering what years of Chevrolet pickup trucks that four-wheel drive first became common and widely available. The reason I ask is because the very old Chevy trucks didn't have four-wheel drive available for them.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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It was in the early 60s that they started manufacturing 4WD trucks, but in the 40s-50s they did do 4WD as an aftermarket add-on, the dealers would send them out. It didn't really catch in until the mid 60s and 70s when the Blazer came out (1969) to compete with the Jeeps, Ford Bronco, and International Scout. Demand then started to develop for 4x4 trucks.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:31 PM
 
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According to this Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napco_...Drive_Vehicles
a dealer-installed after-market kit 4x4 was available as early as 1942. Then the kit became factory installed in 1956.

OEM 4x4 came on in 1960.
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:09 PM
 
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It was in the early 60s that they started manufacturing 4WD trucks, but in the 40s-50s they did do 4WD as an aftermarket add-on, the dealers would send them out. It didn't really catch in until the mid 60s and 70s when the Blazer came out (1969) to compete with the Jeeps, Ford Bronco, and International Scout. Demand then started to develop for 4x4 trucks.
You mean "... it didn't really catch on until the mid 60's" don't you?
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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....by the way; thank you very much for this information and clarification....
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:56 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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You mean "... it didn't really catch on until the mid 60's" don't you?
Yes, darned virtual keyboard...
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