Yes, it’s special only for this these three years. It lowers the license plate below the horizontal license bracket and attaches to the stake pocket. (This is not like the later 1937-38 bracket that raises the license above the horizontal).
This photo shows a pure unremoved bracket attached correctly to the left stake pocket (the taillight is an aftermarket) though bent from probably being hit on a fence post, one can see the bracket and how it once was. It even still has the correct metal loom and clip to secure it to the original oval taillight!
Good News! This special bracket (as well as the oval taillight, metal loom and clip) are now available from Jim Carter Truck Parts – 1-800-842-1913. Mention LGB230L for bracket.
Original Left Taillight Bracket (See correct metal loom and its attaching clip)
Incorrect taillight on correct bracket.
Right side as looking toward rear of pickup
A question has occasionally surfaced. Does the 1934-36 Chevy ½ ton have a different taillight bracket if the pickup came with a rear bumper than one without? When the pickup came without a factory bumper (as most did) then a standard taillight bracket was included. See Photo.
It was always attached to the left rear stake pocket, the normal place for all left hand drive GM pickups.
What if the optional rear bumper was added at the factory? Using the normal taillight bracket, the rear bumper covers most of the numbers on the license plate. It this correct?
Unless it is proved otherwise, we contend that the same bracket was used with or without a bumper. In checking a 1938 Chevrolet Master Parts Catalog, (what parts were available at that time to the dealer’s parts departments), there was also only “one” bracket available. Having the license partially covering the license plate numbers was probably of little concern to the new pickup owner or the state law enforcement officials. Remember, trucks were workers. They really got no further than the local neighborhoods or if used on a farm they might have an occasional drive to the local town! Road conditions were fair at best so the speed of these pickups was not an issue. Law enforcement personnel could easily catch up with a pickup. With no police radios yet available, police could not call in a license number to their headquarters!
NOTE: The taillight bracket for the 1936 GMC Pickup [first year for the GMC Pickup] is totally different. [See image below]