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Re: 1952 vs 1953 1/2 ton differences
68ironhead #1413616 Sat Jun 12 2021 01:03 PM
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For a specific accounting of what was in your particular truck, go here:
You can also find torque and horsepower curves for your particular engine. Those are very interesting as they reveal the effect of changes between years. If you look far enough, you can also find GM published data about why they were making the changes.

Where the year shows (1959 above), type in the year of your truck and then hit the "enter" key. You'll see what GM published in the year your truck was built. There is also tons more information on the GM Heritage site. If you want a sales brochure (most are in color) for your truck...they're there. Example:

Good luck.


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T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: 1952 vs 1953 1/2 ton differences
klhansen #1413621 Sat Jun 12 2021 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by klhansen
There's this from the tech tips page here on Stovebolt. But it's missing the painted bumpers and hubcaps that were used on the Korean War year (52-53) trucks in lieu of chrome. It only identifies the hood badge difference between 52 and 53.

Thanks for the shout out, Kevin. The article is missing a lot of things but I put it together as a quick spotting guide for use on the fly in junkyards, backyards, etc. It is not intended to be an indepth piece.

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Re: 1952 vs 1953 1/2 ton differences
68ironhead #1413646 Sat Jun 12 2021 06:14 PM
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No worries, John. It's a handy item, and since hubcaps and bumpers are not necessarily found on a lot of survivors, it gets the job done. thumbs_up

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