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please help decode serial # on this 1936 chevy tru
#768840 Fri Aug 05 2011 09:46 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
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Wrench Fetcher
engine T5978813 1T
body 3147459 36
536 CL
cw3890
GWS7890

I would like to know if this is 1, 1.5 or 2 ton truck.
thanks for your help
jerry whitfield
if you would l

Re: please help decode serial # on this 1936 chevy tru
jerry whitfield #768950 Sat Aug 06 2011 04:31 AM
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Jerry,

The Engine Serial number T5978813 is good for a 1936 Chevrolet Truck. My book shows it was built in January 1936. I don't know what the 1T is for, but my guess is you have a 1-ton special ordered truck. Chevrolet on paper only built Series "FB" 1/2 ton Commercial and Series "RA", "RB", "RC" & "RD" 1-1/2 ton Trucks. They would down size the "R" series trucks to 1-ton rating for "special orders".

1937 was the first year the 1-ton trucks got their own separate Series identification.

1946 was the first year Chevrolet made a 2-ton truck.

Your body number doesn't look right. It should look like this... 3RA01 1234

3 = plant (St. Louis)
RA = Year/Series (1936 1-1/2 ton Single Wheels)
01 = Month (January)
1234 = Unit Number starting at 1001

536CI ??? Where did you find this number?

The weights you've given again lead me to believe it is in fact a special order 1-ton truck.

What type of body does it have?

Does it have mechanical brakes or hydraulic? The very early '36s still had mechanical...

Post a picture so we can see it!

Take care,

Mike B smile


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