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1948 Loadmaster Info
#801428 Mon Nov 28 2011 01:22 AM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 15
New Guy
I recently purchased a Loadmaster which I was told is a 1948 1 1/2 Ton. The serial number tag is missing off the door post but I have pretty well confirmed that it is a 1948. However there is a Chassis number tag on the drivers door post with the following info:
"Maximum Gross Weight with Maximum Tires 16,000 lbs" "Chassis No. 20W-H 4001" "Net HP 83.5 at 3000 RPM" I have not been able to find any reference to this chassis number or the 16,000 lb GVW in the 1948 Manual. I assume that the 83.5 HP means that I have a 216 engine which also is supported by the engine serial number which has the prefix KAM. The truck has 161" wheelbase and is equipped with auxillary springs. Can anybody help with any additional information? Thanks,

Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #801436 Mon Nov 28 2011 01:56 AM
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Shop Shark
If it's indeed a 16000lb. gvw truck, it's a 2 ton. 1 1/2 ton trucks from this era were 14000lb. gvw. 2 ton trucks were equipped with the "Loadmaster" 235 engine.

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Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
spanky #801504 Mon Nov 28 2011 04:11 AM
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20W-H 4001 is your vin number and I believe the second letter is actually "Q" not "O" making your truck a 1947. If I'm right your number breaks down as follows;

2 = Tarrytown, NY Assenbly Plant

QW - 1947 2 ton 161" wheel base

H = August

4001 = Unit number starting with 1001

Hope this helps,

Mike B smile

Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #801529 Mon Nov 28 2011 05:00 AM
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Wrench Fetcher
Very interested to see a pic of your truck. I think we have the same drive train (I have a '46 2-ton) and if
I come up with any manuals I am happy to share whatever I find out. I also have a later 235 in mine.
Anyway, one of my voluntary jobs here on Stovebolt is to
encourage new posters to share their stories of finding and restoring this old iron and posting pics. If you need any help with that I am happy to have you contact me.

Milk the cows you have
Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
LevisPop #801620 Mon Nov 28 2011 05:34 PM
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Posts: 15
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Thanks guys for your help. Mike, you are correct. It is 2QW so I guess it is a 47 not a 48 as I was told. It was registered as a 48 but I think the MVB just went by whatever the owner told them. Maybe it was a left over 47 sold as a 48. I know that they used the engine number as the VIN. LevisPop, I did submit a picture and some info to the gallery submission but I don't know how it gets from there to the actual Galllery.

Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #1371127 Wed Jul 29 2020 11:38 AM
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Hi guys. new guy here. So I bought this truck for a project and am looking to get it home soon. Having trouble though finding out weight and wheel base and dimensions. can some one help me out here? the truck is a few hours away and can not get the info myself. Also do any of you know what model this is. there is a tag for a 16000 pound load rating on it i was told.

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Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #1371191 Wed Jul 29 2020 06:52 PM
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Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #1371231 Thu Jul 30 2020 12:13 AM
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Welcome to kruzrod.

This post should have been started as a new thread. The Moderator might move this to a new thread.

Check out the Tech Tips (menu at the top of this page). There is a lot of helpful/useful information there.

In all new threads/topics that you start, restate the make/year/model of your truck. Good luck with your your truck/project.

Tim []
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [] - 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. []
Re: 1948 Loadmaster Info
fundytides #1371235 Thu Jul 30 2020 12:29 AM
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Looks like it's either a 6109 (137" wheelbase 2ton stake at about 5500lb curb weight) or 6409 (161" wheelbase 2 ton stake at about 5900lb curb weight)

'66 c10 rust bucket, 350 nv4500 stock bellhousing, '85 c30 front suspension, h072 rear axle with 3/4 ton rear coil springs
'67 cj5 225 oddfire motor, time for disc brake conversion, offset rear dana 44, intermediate pedals and steering upgrade
'48 3804 frame and bed + '52 6400 cab and front clip + 4bt, need to put them together

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