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1939-46 Panel Truck Rear Windows

Friday, October 11th, 2013

General Motors made it very simple to replace the two small windows in the rear doors of these early panel trucks.  It made it especially fast on the factory assembly line.

Simply place the rubber seal (now available from full stocking early GM Truck Dealers) around the pre-cut glass.  Press into the inside window opening. Three special clips secure it in place. It could not be easier! See Photos.

Oops, one big problem. If you don’t have the special clips, Good Luck!
This 1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck owned & totally restored by Jim Winters, Rochester, Minnesota.

Outside of door

Inside of Door

1947 GMC Suburban

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

What a rare Suburban! We recently found these photos among some stored papers from 1999. An early 1947 GMC Suburban is rarely seen, so it just had to be placed on our website. This was the last year of the Prewar GMC’s and was carried into the beginning of 1947.

It was owned and restored by Mark DeVries of Bakersfield, California (he may still own it). During its ground up restoration Mark added new leaf springs, wheel cylinders, spindles, a high speed 3.55 ratio ring and pinion, clutch assembly, grille, headlights, fenders and running boards.

Mark even went a step further and black powder coated the frame and axles. The body color is the correct Narva green.

The pair of small accessory taillights were first offered in late 1947, but no doubt the GMC dealer would have added them on this older Suburban. When turn signals became popular, owners often requested these to be placed on their older Suburban’s and Panel trucks.

Early Panel Truck Bumper

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

In designing the panel truck, engineers realized that this vehicle must have a bumper for body protection. This bumper however, created a slight problem! It held the person loading freight further away from the vehicle cargo floor. He was required to lean further forward to reach merchandise.

To help solve this problem, GM modified the standard bumper to come closer to the middle of the body. The bumper was simply given a stamping at the manufacturer and the solution was achieved. Though it gave the worker only a few more inches, it helped increase his reach.

In today’s world, the indented panel truck rear bumper (1946 and older) has become difficult to find. Most panel trucks are restored with a bumper from a pickup truck. Few owners are even aware that this specially formed bumper existed.

early panel bumper 1

early panel bumper 2

early panel bumper 3

early panel bumper