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Re: Help identifying truck
Dennis414 #1370568 Sat Jul 25 2020 03:09 AM
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Thanks everyone!

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Dennis414 #1372852 Mon Aug 10 2020 10:05 PM
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The rims I got from a 79 F-250 fit. I was able to read the vin number, which is 21FS, and then a faint D, then four more numbers. My research tells me this means the truck is a 1948 one ton thrift master manufactured in Janesville Wisconsin , and the letter D indicates the month it was produced which I believe would be April. Does that sound correct to you guys?

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Re: Help identifying truck
Dennis414 #1373205 Thu Aug 13 2020 03:28 PM
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That's a nice find/gift. You know some of its history. Glad you found the ford wheels and didn't go down the 8-hole Chevrolet wheel rabbit hole like I did. The 16-inch Chev wheels will not clear the tie rod ends. When/if you get to the point of alloy wheels, 6-inch, 0-offset trailer wheels will work nicely. There may also be steel trailer wheels available. Just don't go with wide wheels or the steering will be negatively affected.

I would get right on this project before the mice steal any more of the seat stuffing wink. Is the deck worth saving? Can you tell if it is a factory bed? Chevrolet did deliver stake and platform models to dealers. The ones I have seen were higher quality than aftermarket ones. I would save the marker lights on the cab . That's a nice period touch. various years came with different configurations as the laws changed. For '51 in Washington, one light on either side of the cab were required; for '52 the law added the ICC configuration of three more in the center. Other years required a single light in the center in addition to the ones on the cab corners. To complicate things it varied by state. You can see why Chevrolet shipped pickups and chassis/cabs with only one tail and stop light. I don't know if the stake and platform models had factory clearance lights.


51 3800 PU, 55 235 (w/cam, headers, 2 carbs, MSD ign.), SM420 & Brown-Lipe 6231A 3spd aux. trans, stock axles & brakes. Owned since 1971.
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