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#1465380 Tue Sep 06 2022 02:57 PM
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Good moring to everyone. I found this site several years ago and I always enjoyed it. I didn't have a Stovebolt then and was into restoring Chevelles and El Caminos then.

They are all gone now and My Wonderful Wife knew for years how much I wanted a Chevrolet Panel Truck anywhere from 1947-1953.

Well she surprised me a few weeks ago and found one and we are going this Friday to have it hauled back to my garage.

I grew up with my Dad having a 1954 Chevy Panel Truck, and then a 1965 Chevy Suburban.

My favorite was always the Panel truck. They changed the grille totally in the 1954 year model and a few other changes like engine and some interior and dash parts. I can't wait to bring home My Chevy Panel Truck !!! It is a dream come true for me and thanks to My Wonderful Wife !!!!!

The truck doesn't have the title. The owner had passed away several years ago and had lost it. But, it does have the metal plate inside the drivers door riveted on. The plate is in good shape and you can see and read the serial number clearly. So, it doesn't say VIN # it says Serial Number, so I am assuming that serial number is the VIN number ??? Am I correct guys ??

I will be taking many pics. and will post some up in the upcoming weeks.

Love this Site !!!!

Thanks Guys.

Last edited by Peggy M; Wed Jul 12 2023 08:04 PM. Reason: added more info to the title

1953 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Panel Truck 3100
4800 LB. maximum rating, 85hp at 3300 RPM
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Welcome to the 'bolt... please post pix of your new truck.

Another quality post.
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You are correct, VIN #s didn’t come along until several years later. Most GM vehicles were titled off the motor serial number so if it has the original motor you may just be able to file for a lost title. If not, every State has a process for retitling a vehicle.

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As posted above, the Engine Serial Number that is pressed/stamped into a ledge in the block, forward of where the distributor goes into the block.
Find and post that code and members will help to "decode" it.

Post the vehicle identification code that is on the metal plate on/in the door jamb.
Find and post that code and members will help to "decode" it.

If you have a 1954-1963 Chevrolet truck, here are the locations of those codes. []

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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. []
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Welcome to the site. Panel trucks rule, for sure. I had a 1953 Chevy panel, had to sell it a few years ago when I moved. There is a forum on here just for panels and Suburbans, be sure to check it out. Be sure to put up some pics.

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Welcome Garageguy6078! wave

Please do share pictures and your journey (including trials and tribulations grin ) when you get that panel home.

Anytime you need a hand, absolutely post a question. This is a fantastic group of folks here, ready to help and share knowledge and experience in anyway we can.

Look forwarded to joining you in the forums. thumbs_up


1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
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Finally time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
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Welcome Guy!

I wasn't sure if your name was also "Guy." That's a local name where we live. smile

If you want to talk about your Chevelles and El Caminos, we have The Greasy Spoon for non-truck chat and all kinds of crazy things. I think those folks will enjoy hearing from you ... when you have some down-time.

In The Parking Lot area, you'll find Panels & Burbs Forum. A very specific group . As is the 60 - 66 Forum in Parking Lot.

You will probably spend most of your time in The Shops Area Forums. Familiarize yourself with those areas and if it seems it is not covered, go ahead and post in General Truck Talk.

We have some help in the IT Shortbus if you need it for getting around the site. There's a good post about best way to search the site.

Leo has a link to his Gallery page. Many Bolters have their truck(s) listed in their signature line. (See image below.)

So, welcome to the site. Hope we haven't overwhelmed you with donuts and coffee. laalaa

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Last edited by Peggy M; Tue Sep 06 2022 11:14 PM.

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Welcome. I am also from western PA. What area exactly are you from? Post some pics. We are all itching.... pix

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Welcome, I also many years ago lived in Pa. but in the southeastern part, I could sled across into Md. If the roads were slick enough, Actually I was born in Md. Good luck with your project.

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I I pulled my 216 original engine and transmission last Saturday (5/09) and have it on skids covered up outside. Now I can start buying new metal patch panels and sections to start my restoration.

I've got at least a year or year and a half of just metal work to do -- cutting out old, fitting and welding in new.

My Wife and I got the news also last week that she has breast cancer so we both are going to fight that battle first and whatever it takes to make her hopefully "Cancer Free" by this time next year Lord willing.

So I do what I can on the truck here and there but Family always comes first !!!!

Last edited by Peggy M; Wed Sep 13 2023 08:59 PM.

1953 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Panel Truck 3100
4800 LB. maximum rating, 85hp at 3300 RPM
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