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Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
#1151048 Fri Feb 19 2016 07:38 PM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 75
D
Shop Shark
Thanks for letting me join this forum!

Just yesterday I purchased a 1947-1954 GMC (2-Ton maybe?) truck. I don't have the exact year yet because I'm still trying to decipher the serial number. The truck is titled as a 1948, and that's going to be what the State of Colorado thinks! But I'm starting to think that it might have actually been made in 1953... I don't really care, I'm just glad I found it!

I bought it minus engine, trans, and bed, but that's OK with me. It's not much to look at now, but I hope to bring it back to a useful service condition.

Thanks again for letting me join the club. I'll have many questions, but I'm pretty good at searching before I ask. That way I don't annoy you guys and gals too much.

Take care all!

Now lets see if I can get the system to show below a link to a picture of what I've gotten myself into!

http://i408.photobucket.com/albums/pp161/davbraley/1948%20GMC%20Truck/00n0n_64LewQ3ACnb_600x450_zpsa9tao4w4.jpg

Last edited by DavidBraley; Tue Feb 23 2016 01:45 AM.

-David

1953 2-Ton GMC

Horsepower determines your speed when you hit the wall. Torque determines the size of the hole you make...
Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1151068 Fri Feb 19 2016 11:21 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,268
Boltergeist
Welcome to the Stovebolt. You join others from Co. so watch for them. They are here.
You probably already know but in case you don't we have a BIG BOLT forum here and the guys there are sharp as a tack and willing to help as you bring your truck back to service.
Check out the tech tips. You'll find a "vin buster" there that may help you decipher what you have....or at least tell you what the vin says it is. If no luck ask the guys in the Big Bolt Forum and they'll help you out.
The key to best solutions and answers is to ask questions in the most appropriate garage forums. Like engine questions in the Engine Forum and so on..... and, if a moderator feels it will be better answered in another forum they will move it for you to help out. Great guys and gals here and tons of knowledge. Welcome aboard and good luck.


1937 Chevy Pickup [stovebolt.com]
1952 Chevy Panel [stovebolt.com]
Pictures in my Photobucket [s140.photobucket.com]
1950 Chevy Coupe
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1...Nko1cUJCNFFMTVFEUnNRbjFhNTFPc1J4YWV4cmRB

52 Chevy Panel [photos.app.goo.gl]

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1151129 Sat Feb 20 2016 05:09 AM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,877
Shop Shark
Welcome David, looks pretty good. I'd say that looks like a '51, if the doors are original. Just make a plan and do it! If you need help, just ask. Good luck.
Leo

Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1151150 Sat Feb 20 2016 12:52 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,782
ace skiver

Hello, David,

Welcome to Stovebolt.com

Post the code on the metal tag on the driver's doorpost (or on the inside of the glove box door). That might help to ID your truck.

Is there number on a hood side emblem (like "350")?

If you have a title/registration, post that code.

What we can see of the sheet metal looks good.

Search, read, and ask any questions.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1151399 Sun Feb 21 2016 11:05 PM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 75
D
Shop Shark
Thanks for the replies!

The serial/vin number on the tag on the hinge side of the drivers door is: 353 24 P 15821

There are no letters before the 353.

I tried the "Vin Buster" page and the results from my serial number tell me the truck was made in 1963. I don't think that's correct. But I put a url to an image in my photobucket account of a page I think says more, but I'm still not 100% sure it's correct. I circled my serial number at the bottom. I still can't get any links to work in this forum yet, but you can cut and past the url in a browser and see why I think the truck was made in 1953.

Thanks again for the replies! Take care.

http://i408.photobucket.com/albums/pp161/davbraley/1948%20GMC%20Truck/year_zpsbv5mejie.jpg


-David

1953 2-Ton GMC

Horsepower determines your speed when you hit the wall. Torque determines the size of the hole you make...
Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1151467 Mon Feb 22 2016 05:32 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,614
R
Shop Shark
Nice looking truck!
Welcome to Stovebolt!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster [stovebolt.com]

Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.






Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1152081 Fri Feb 26 2016 02:08 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,740
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Hi David and welcome to Stovebolt! Beautiful truck!

In '93, I attended a digital graphics workshop in Ft Collins (loved the place, by the way) and we were working with brand new digital cameras (1st Gen Kodak/Nikon DCS 100) at the time. I went out to this marvelous junkyard I saw from the highway up from Denver to shoot pictures ... I have always wondered if that junkyard is still there. It was off to the East of the interstate that runs from Denver North and before you got to Ft Collins.

Again, welcome!
John


John
"Gort! Klaatu barada nikto. KLAATU BARADA NIKTO!!!!"


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Hello from Fort Collins, Colorado
DavidBraley #1152192 Fri Feb 26 2016 09:23 PM
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 58
L
Wrench Fetcher
Hi David and welcome!
I'm just up the road from you in Cheyenne.
Best regards,
Les


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