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Thrift master or Loadmaster
#1374366 Sat Aug 22 2020 01:53 AM
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I have a 1950 Chevy 1 1/2 ton truck and I need to know if it’s a loadmaster or thriftmaster ?





Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374376 Sat Aug 22 2020 03:47 AM
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My '47 1 1/2 ton is a Loadmaster.


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Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374410 Sat Aug 22 2020 01:56 PM
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Those terms refer to the engine, not necessarily the truck. A "Thriftmaster" is a 216, and a "Loadmaster" is a spray-oiler 235. Look at the block casting number and/or the stamped number behind the distributor to figure out which engine your truck has.
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Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374411 Sat Aug 22 2020 01:58 PM
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Load-Master and Thrift-Master are actually engine references that correspond to model designations. A Load-Master being a 235 equipped truck and a Thrift-Master being a 216 engined truck. The Heavy-Duty 235, Option number 225 (different letter codes depending on model) was available in 4400 series trucks (1-1/2 ton nominal rating). The 4400 Series trucks are equipped with the 216 as standard in 1950.
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Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Brad Allen #1374441 Sat Aug 22 2020 05:59 PM
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Didn't the hood side emblems on the 1947-1948 4000 + series say "Loadmaster" regardless of the engine installed? If so, a 4000 series truck could've had a "Loadmaster" emblem and a "Thrift-Master" engine.

Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374449 Sat Aug 22 2020 06:27 PM
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1948 THRIFTMASTER & LOADMASTER trucks and engines and standard engines:
http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4886.htm

The 4000 series trucks could have an RPO 235 engine.
Maybe that changed the side emblem on that series from ThriftMaster to Loadmaster?


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- 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: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374518 Sun Aug 23 2020 03:29 AM
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Mine has the Loadmaster emblem on the side of the truck. The engine itself was replaced long ago.


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Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374628 Mon Aug 24 2020 03:25 AM
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A 4400 series 1 1/2 ton truck, equipped with a 216 Thriftmaster engine, is a Thriftmaster truck. If 47, or 48 model, it would have the "Thriftmaster " emblems on it. All 2 ton trucks came standard with the 235 Loadmaster engine, and had "Loadmaster" emblems in 47, and 48.


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Re: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1374646 Mon Aug 24 2020 11:25 AM
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Thanks, Spanky


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: Thrift master or Loadmaster
Joe Alan #1375173 Fri Aug 28 2020 08:16 PM
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My truck has a 216 so I have a Thriftmaster. Dad had a 52 also I remember it having a Loadmaster emblem on the hood but he sold it before he died. Thanks for the info guys.






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