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1942 One-ton questions #1332453 Sun Nov 03 2019 07:58 PM
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MNFarmBoy Offline OP
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A couple yars ago I bought a 1942 truck that is titled as a one-ton. The VIN on the cowl plate is 6MR02—5690., which decodes correctly based on what I can find. However, some things really seem odd, so I am beginning to assume it was pieced together from several trucks. For one thing, the wheelbase is 125 1/2, where the specs call for 134 1/2. Secondly, it has 8 bolt wheels, which are not listed as an option on any size truck in 1942.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4274.htm

In 1946 they were.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4692.htm

Any thoughts on whether it was maybe an early build that used the 8-bolt wheels, maybe for military use? Or is it more likely that it was simply pieced together from ’42 and ’46 trucks? Is there anything else I should look at to figure this out?

You'll also notice from the picture that the rear axel is about an inch ahead of where it should be, with a measured wheelbase of 124". I'll need to research a bit to figure out what's wrong there.

Thanks!

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MN farm boy now on the streets of LA
'42 Chevy one-ton
'64 Biscayne, 8.1L transplant.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1332478 Sun Nov 03 2019 10:49 PM
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EdPruss Offline
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9' bed, see if the springs and shackle bolts, etc., look new. Perhaps the PO replaced them with improper parts. Also make sure vertical spring bolts that hold the springs together and locate the axle, are showing.
what engine, truck looks nice.

Ed

Last edited by EdPruss; Mon Nov 04 2019 03:16 AM.

'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1332490 Mon Nov 04 2019 12:04 AM
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MNFarmBoy Offline OP
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Thanks! Being rebuilt with the wrong parts makes sense - I'll take some pics and see what I can figure out. It is the original 216, drive it every day around town and about every week end up down in LA somewhere. Just have to stay off the freeways!


MN farm boy now on the streets of LA
'42 Chevy one-ton
'64 Biscayne, 8.1L transplant.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1332491 Mon Nov 04 2019 12:05 AM
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MNFarmBoy Offline OP
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Going to do a repaint soon - get a fresh coat of Brewster green on the cab, hood and box.


MN farm boy now on the streets of LA
'42 Chevy one-ton
'64 Biscayne, 8.1L transplant.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1332495 Mon Nov 04 2019 12:18 AM
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MNFarmBoy Offline OP
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The bolts in the center of the springs is directly centered above the axle. On a whim, I measure the distance between that center bolt and the front and rear of the spring. It is 1 inch shorter in front than in back. Could the springs have been put in backwards? I assume so, if the pin diameters are the same at the front and rear of the springs. That would explain the problem. And the driveshaft is really tight. When I removed it to replace the u-joints it was hard to get it back in - the shaft couldn't be pushed forward far enough to easily slip the u-joint in.

Again - were 8-bolt axles used in 41 or 42?


MN farm boy now on the streets of LA
'42 Chevy one-ton
'64 Biscayne, 8.1L transplant.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1332524 Mon Nov 04 2019 03:19 AM
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EdPruss Offline
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I had 2 '47's, first, both had 6 on 7.25.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1334461 Wed Nov 20 2019 01:40 PM
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glenns towing Offline
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Nice truck. Dont look like it needs paint from the pic.

Re: 1942 One-ton questions [Re: MNFarmBoy] #1336214 Tue Dec 03 2019 12:54 PM
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Frank50 Offline
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Nice truck. Congrats! We all know a lot can/does happen in almost 80 years. Good luck.


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