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'65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
#1238101 Fri Oct 06 2017 11:53 PM
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I am considering purchasing a '66 Chevy 1/2 ton 2WD SB step side that has been lowered with drop spindles, shorter springs etc. If I decide to buy it, I will not tolerate this lowered stance as hugging the ground is just not practical for my driving needs. My plan will be to put it back to stock or near stock ride height.

That said, I have located a 1965 Chevy LB parts truck at a reasonable price but cannot get enough information besides pictures from the seller. The truck is surrounded by tall weeds, so I cannot see the wheels. The serial number is C2545K154062. Can anyone tell me with certainty if this a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton? The truck is located about 2 hours away and I would hate to drag a trailer that far for nothing.

Thanks

John

Last edited by J Lucas; Fri Oct 06 2017 11:54 PM.

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Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238119 Sat Oct 07 2017 04:13 AM
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3/4 T


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Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238120 Sat Oct 07 2017 04:22 AM
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I'm guessing the C2 is the key? Does that mean C20 for 3/4 ton?


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1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238123 Sat Oct 07 2017 05:24 AM
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Yes, you could say that.

C= 2WD, 25= 3/4T long bed, 4= pickup, 5= 1965

The 2 is 3/4T. the 5 is long bed. This is the VIN code system. The trucks were also had a series system C10, C20, K10, K20...... 1/2 T VIN was either 14 or 15 (short or long bed). No short bed 3/4 available.

They were also known by a model number: C1434, C1534, C1404, C1504, C2534, C2504...... Kxxxx, etc. This designated long, short, fleet side and step side. Too many numbers!!!!!!!

60-64 has a different set of designators/VIN than 65-66.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238154 Sat Oct 07 2017 04:11 PM
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The 1st part of the serial number for the 1/2 ton is C1446Z. Can you tell me if it was originally a step side, or could it have had a fleetside box from the factory? It doesn't really matter, I just try to find out as much as possible.


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

My Flicker Photos! [flickr.com]

Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238161 Sat Oct 07 2017 05:10 PM
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Vin does not indicate Fleet or Step.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238169 Sat Oct 07 2017 05:48 PM
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Okay, thanks again for all the info.

John


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1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

My Flicker Photos! [flickr.com]

Re: '65-66 VIN Decoder (1/2 or 3/4 ton)?
J Lucas #1238483 Mon Oct 09 2017 03:41 PM
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One thing you can look for is on the rear of the cab. If it was originally a fleetside, the is no splash guard panel on the lower corner of the back of the cab. If it was originally a stepside, the splash guard is there. In the attached picture, you will see there is no splash guard. This truck did not originally come with a stepside bed. I know this because I changed it from a fleetside to a step side after I got the truck. I still need to fabricate and add the splash guards to keep road debris and other junk off of the steps.

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