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#833821 - Sat Mar 10 2012 02:36 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: tclederman]  
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Originally Posted By tclederman

Tim,

I have never seen the fender trims listed as an option (nor shown in a GM photo or illustration) for a Suburban. In some years, 1947-1951, the Truck Data Books even states it explicitly: "(Not available on Canopy Express models or Carryall Suburbans)".

I think the option might not have been available in 52-53 (minimal brightwork those year and no RPO-390 De Luxe Equipment was available). In 1954/55, it is not so clear - the trim pieces do not seem to be specifically mentioned in the TBD. However, the Engineering Features manual states and shows it being available only on Panel trucks.

Since just about anything might have been special ordered, I would guess that someone might have been able to special order the fender trims for a Carryall Suburban or Canopy Express.


As far as I've been able to tell, the fender brightwork never came back after the Korean War chrome/stainless shortages. The 54/55.1 DeLuxe panels only had the stainless windshield, side door and rear door window trim, along with the standard DeLuxe items available on all models. I've seen some of those advertising drawings of '54s with the trim, but I've never seen a photo of an original truck with it installed.

Last edited by GMCpanel; Sat Mar 10 2012 02:39 AM.

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#833934 - Sat Mar 10 2012 01:22 PM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: GMCpanel]  
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Tim
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#834035 - Sat Mar 10 2012 07:29 PM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: tclederman]  
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Those are all drawings from the art department, which I have found to be not-exactly-accurate on any number of vehicle makes and models over the years. (Ever seen one of those Ram's-head hood ornaments in the flesh?) The few photos I've seen of '54 DeLuxe panels didn't appear to have ever had the trim.

I'm perfectly willing to admit if I'm wrong, I just haven't seen any physical evidence that the trim was brought back with the return of chrome and stainless in '54.

Last edited by GMCpanel; Sat Mar 10 2012 07:29 PM.

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#834064 - Sat Mar 10 2012 09:12 PM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: GMCpanel]  
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Most of us have never seen an Advance-Design truck fresh out of the factory. I have a few such photos, but none with that De luxe fender trim (for any year). And, I am also a doubting Thomas when it comes to artists' illustrations.

It does seem very unlikely, however, that Chevrolet would clearly state in their 40-page 1954 Trucks Sales Booklet that the:

"De luxe equipment* for panel models include bright metal molding on fenders, windshield, and door windows. Interior panel features include right hand sunshade, left hand arm rest, cigar lighter and dual horns."

* NEW
COMFORTMASTER DE LUXE CAB*: Available for all 1954 cab models . . . "


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#834086 - Sat Mar 10 2012 11:21 PM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: tclederman]  
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Click on my Gallery Link,below my signature. 54Panel, I bought it in 74, it has the oblong holes in the fenders for the factory mounted mouldings. Im positive theyve been there since day one.


#834147 - Sun Mar 11 2012 03:10 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: delux54panel]  
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That's pretty strong evidence. I stand corrected that at least some 54 DeLuxe panels got the fender trim.

Rather amusingly, the passenger-side visor was standard with the DeLuxe package, but the passenger seat was still optional.

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#834153 - Sun Mar 11 2012 03:28 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: GMCpanel]  
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#834158 - Sun Mar 11 2012 03:50 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: Mr. Lang]  
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No pass. side seat when i got it in 74. There was a visor, and its still there.
It came from Sieferts Flowers, Oakland,Ca.


#834197 - Sun Mar 11 2012 06:07 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: tclederman]  
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Hello,

I do not not have pattern for molding and bolt hole locations.
but the assembly instruction shows how the bright metal
reveal moldings are fastened to the front and rear fenders.

Front and rear fender Sargent stripes are fasten with clip,bolt,nut.
Spears are fastened with nut, bolt looks to be part of spear.

Now if I only could buy one of these machines I could make as many spears and Sargent stripes as I wanted. Simply amazing!!!

Thanks

jorb



1954 Chevrolet 3105 Deluxe Panel Truck
w/Factory HYDRA-MATIC

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#834424 - Mon Mar 12 2012 03:53 AM Re: Deluxe Panel Trim removal HELP! [Re: tclederman]  
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I dug a little deeper and the 1929-1957 master parts catalog clearly states under group number 8.204
47-51, 54-55 Panel (1st Ser.) pertaining to rear fender moldings. It skips years 52-53

There also was two different parts numbers for rear and front fenders, one number for
fenders with holes stamped out for molding bolts, one number for fenders without molding holes.

(Master Cat. does not show parts numbers for fenders that are stamped out)

Assembly instruction does show 54-55 1st front hole stamped fender part number and 47-55 1st. rear hole stamped fender part number.

Also the 54-55 1st front fender is different because they moved the blinker/parking light under the head light.

FYI


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