Though things were shared between GMC and Chevrolet trucks, General Motors made sure many items remained very different during the early years. GMC preferred very few things to be similar to Chevrolet. Their customers needed to see an almost stand-alone truck with the higher price of the GMC.
One very obvious difference is the change in taillight and bracket. There is no comparison to Chevrolet. The massive GMC stamped steel one piece bracket combined with a redesigned 4 inch taillight makes the pair a “one of a kind”. They do not interchange with Chevrolet during these years.
Finding some of these parts during a total 1936-46 GMC pickup restoration has become difficult. The bracket is now produced, however, if that happens the taillight will be a big project to get. The light is not being reproduced.
Hint: This taillight was also used on Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile station wagon tailgates from about 1949 through 1952. Therefore, you will see more lights than GMC brackets at swap meets.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The 1936-46 GMC taillight brackets are now available for this 1936-46 pickup truck.
Rear before restoration
Front after restoration
Same tail lights on early GM Wagons!