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Maple Leaf Help
#151240 Wed Feb 28 2007 01:45 PM
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I'm trying to figure out if my '36 Maple Leaf truck is a 11/2 or 2 ton. It has a stamped ID plate that has the load ratings and that it was manufactured at the GM plant in Oshawa, Ont. but no model # or Serial #. Does anyone know if there should be a second plate on it any where? I ran the 8 digit number from the last registration through VINBuster and came up with a '58 chevy 1/2 from Caifornia. :confused: Help please.

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151241 Wed Feb 28 2007 03:22 PM
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Shop Shark
Bob,

Have you tried contacting GM of Canada?

Here is the telephone number for GM's Vintage Vehicle Service....

1-888-467-6853, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EASTERN Time.

They may have some info based on your stamped ID plate or can lead you to other individuals, Maple Leaf Truck historical groups and museums.

I have found the staff at GM very helpful.

Good luck with your information gathering.

Greg


When I go cruisin' in the old truck....women smile, men weep and dogs beg for rides.
Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151242 Wed Feb 28 2007 03:49 PM
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Cruising in the Passing Lane
Hi Bob!

Greg's got you on the right track. GM vintage dept. is a good resource. My belief has always been that Maple Leafs were a 'heavier duty' truck and usually came at 2 tons or over. I have some info for 1936 Chev's, Maple Leafs and GMC's. The Maple Leaf's show 2 and 21/2 tons but nothing smaller, even gong back to 1932 in the info I have.
cheers, George

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151243 Thu Mar 01 2007 12:06 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'll try GM tomorrow. The article in VintageTruck Magazine also talks about 2 ton but I guess I just Assumed...

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151244 Thu Mar 01 2007 12:17 AM
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Hey Bob,

If you get any information, please report back here.

The Maple Leaf Truck ID comes up once in awhile on this forum and any info you get will help others down the road.

Now, if you have any pictures of your rig... how about sharing, EH !
grin

Greg


When I go cruisin' in the old truck....women smile, men weep and dogs beg for rides.
Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151245 Thu Mar 08 2007 04:52 AM
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I've sent a picture to the gallery but I think it may take a while to show up. The guy at GM Canada was very friendly but said that they had no records prior to '42. Maybe GM Canada had a fire or some such. ohwell He did refer me to an outfit in Goderich Ontario-Ken Mcgee(888-275-2666) who might have manuals for that truck and while he had the '36 supplement, he didn't have the '35 manual that it went with so it was pretty much useless. The best info that I have is out of Vintage Truck Mag. for Dec. 2004 that shows an ad for my truck with it's goofy grill.

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151246 Thu Mar 08 2007 04:55 AM
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By the way...what's the difference between a 11/2 ton and a 2 ton...I mean aside from the obvious? Are there just frame differences or engine differences or wheelbase or??? :confused:

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151247 Thu Mar 08 2007 03:37 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
I have seen the term "Maple Leaf Trucks" but I do not know what it refers to. Any one help?
John Boy

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151248 Thu Mar 08 2007 04:28 PM
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Maple Leaf was a line of GM trucks manufactured in Oshawa Ontario using mostly GM parts with a few Chevy bits and the odd local widgit. They were marketed in Canada with the idea being that canadians might buy local. There may also have been a requirement under some form of the Autopact between the US and Canada to manufacture a percentage of vehicles as Canadian built. Kinda like the requirement for Honda etc now.

Re: Maple Leaf Help
#151249 Thu Mar 08 2007 04:39 PM
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Hy guys, History, my reference material says Maple Leaf production started in 1930 and ended in 1950. Up until 1939 Maple Leafs used Chevrolet engines, after 1938 Maple Leafs were powered by the new full precision bearinged G.M.C. engine. The easiest way for me to describe the Maple Leaf after 1938 is to say it is a 2, 2 1/2, 3 ton G.M.C. with a Chevrolet front sheet metal installed, hope that clarifies. Now differences between models, heavier springs, heavier frames, larger brakes, as jarge has stated Maple Leafs started at 2 ton and went up to 3 ton. All the different sizes had their own wheelbase choices, I believe the model numbers were 16 and 17, hope that helps.

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