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Those Art Deco trucks (1941 to 1947 1st Series) all look alike, don't they? Well big surprise -- they're not! With just a little bit of knowledge, you too can impress your boy/girlfriend, entertain party guests or deal with a cagey seller by being able to tell those elusive '41's from their more numerous '46 brethren! It's so easy once you've let Kip teach you how to ...
Differences in the Chevy Art Deco Trucks
1941, and the 1942 thru 1947 First series
For trucks that look alike, there sure are a lot of subtle differences among the short production span of the "Art Deco" trucks (1941 to early 1947). These may be obvious to some, but it may be of some help to newer 'Bolters to run down the differences.
These differences are based on the collective experience of many Art Deco truck owners. It should be noted that evidence exists suggesting some later Art Deco trucks may have been built with left over 1941 parts due to production shortages. (Some of the different 1941 parts may have shown up as original equipment on war time trucks due to shortages caused by the war and also on late 1946 and early 1947 trucks due to shortages due to a major strike.)
General Motors pushed away from it's conservative designs in 1941 when it introduced a bold new style -- The Art Deco Series. A noticeable difference was the front end, showcasing a two-tiered grille with horizontal and vertical bars. This truck above is Bob Converse's 1947 1st Series GMC. (More about this truck in the Gallery.)
Here is a list of what weI've found so far. Please feel free to join the discussion as we build this tip! It has promise to be a good one!
* Thanks to these contributors so far (information and/or photos): George "46forme" Wells, Tim "Sheridan" Sheridan, Kirk "41Chevy" Culver, Kip "kip's 41" Bonds, Dan "Chev4t6," "1946chevypickup," "rustednuts," Harold "Harold41" Wilson, "Dalbuie," Jim "JiMerit" Merit, Dave "Homer52," "apart hillbilly," and Kieth "Workinonit" Bevan
If your knuckles aren't a-bleed'n, you aint a-doin it right - Michael
Lancaster 1941 1.5-ton