I inherited this old Chevy truck from my father-in-law when he passed a few years ago and am just now getting it home to start working on it. Trying to figure out exactly what it is. I am pretty sure it's mix of Chevy and GMC. Hoping you all can help. I found the VIN plate inside the drivers door which looks pretty new and says it's a 1961 Chevy, but the plate inside the on the drivers side below the dash says it's a GMC. I believe the hood is off a 1963 or so GMC due to the turn signals that are angled on the inside and it's definitely not a 1961 Chevy hood. There were 3 books in it that my Father-in-Law ordered that are all for a 1963 Chevy. I have attached some pictures for you all to hopefully help me figure out what I have here. [img]https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/ubb/download/Number/22675/filename/IMG_0675.jpg[/img]
So after some research it does appear that at least the cab is a 1961 GMC per the S/N plate found on the drivers side kick panel. Apparently the aftermarket VIN plat on the A pillar is not 100% correct. Maybe I have a GMC cab and hood with a Chevrolet grill and tailgate (Tailgate says CHEVROLET across it). http://6066gmcguy.com/VinNumber.html
it's definitely been modified from its factory days. The dash cluster appears to be more chevy style from 60-63. It's hard to say so far from the pictures you have, as some of the tell tale signs of GMC are gone if it is indeed one. Tailgates are interchangeable, but GMC's would say that, on it as well as the rest of the dash would be different. I'm guessing since the trim tag says GMC, that's what you got. It doesn't appear to be swapped, unless the cab was.
The cab is GMC because the Kick panel Data plate/Vin plate is legit and original. The A pillar Plate is a home made sketchy plate used by people who have a title and want to match the number with the title. If it was not done thru DMV, the truck is illegally titled and registered. The style, location and Vin on the kick panel plate indicate 1960 GMC cab. I agree, a Chevy cluster and dash. (Bow Tie on cluster.)
Big window cab is money.
What motor is in it? Torsion bar front suspension or coil? 1963 last year for wrap around windshield and first year for coil front.
A Chevy frame will have a partial VIN stamped on it, a GMC will have no stamp.
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.