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1960-1966 Chevrolet Cab Trim

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Though at first, a new person in the GM truck hobby might think all 1960-66 Chevrolet cab trim (only on the deluxe models) is the same. In reality no less than three changes occurred during this seven year body style.

During 1960 (maybe into early 1961) the optional stainless cab side trim on the Chevrolet truck was designed to attach to a long connecting horizontal trim strip. After production began, GM discovered that new owners could easily dent this more delicate trim. When carelessly throwing items in the bed or during fast stops, cargo could hit the stainless. This problem was solved by discontinuing this horizontal strip. The connecting ends of the side trim were then modified to show no evidence of a past attachment (see photo)

Therefore, side trim part# 8768843 and 8768844 as well as the horizontal strip #8768842 are very difficult to locate 45 years later. Most 1960 truck restorers must compromise and use the more readily available 1961-63 side trim.

In 1964, a major change occurred in the construction of this cab trim. Chevrolet followed the trend of other new vehicles and also began using aluminum trim. It was anodized to keep its shine and the production cost was less. It required lower pressure to be stamped as compared to the previous stainless steel. Thus, the tooling lasted much longer.

1960 1966 cab trim 1

1960 (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 2

1960 (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 3

Top piece in photo-1960 with notch. | Lower piece in photo-1961-1963 notch removed (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 4

1960 (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 5

1960 Stainless Trim (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 6

1964-1966 (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 7

1964-1966 (above)

1960 1966 cab trim 8

1964-1966 Cab Trim (above)

Reduced Glare Dash

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

reduced glare dash

The interest of safety began showing in a few areas of the 1955-1959 Chevrolet truck cabs. In a salesman’s data book dated September 1, 1958, this changed dash is shown with the comment “Crown of the panel having a glare-proof crinkle finish.”

This was to reduce the reflection of direct sunlight – a beginning of what is now a major emphasis on vehicle safety.

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Deluxe Steering Wheels

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

During the early 1960’s, deluxe appearance options on GM trucks were slowly increasing in popularity. Though trucks were still basically purchased as workers, a growing group of buyers were requesting more deluxe features. Extra disposable US income meant more money to add to a new truck purchase.

One very noticeable appearance option was the deluxe interior on Chevrolet light trucks. This package included a steering wheel with chrome die-cast horn ring and attractive center. To save tooling on this slower selling option, Chevrolet used a wheel that was already in production on their automobile. The 1960-65 truck used a wheel from a 1960 Belair. The 1966 deluxe cab interior changed to 1965 Nova steering wheel.

deluxe steering wheel 1

1960-1965 (above)    Used on 1960 Impala

deluxe steering wheel 2

1960-1965 (above)    Used on 1960 Impala

1966 steering

1966 Steering Wheel Used on Early Nova’s

deluxe steering wheel 3 deluxe steering wheel 4

1960-1965 (top left) | 1966 (top right)

deluxe steering wheel 5 deluxe steering wheel 6

1960-1965 (top left) | 1966 (top right)

1966 Cab Data

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

With the introduction of the new Cameo in 1955, GM added their most deluxe features as standard equipment. This “Boulevard Pickup” was to stand out above all others.

For the person wanting his 1966 Chevrolet pickup restored to exact originality, authentic data is difficult to find. Most General Motors books from that year have been discarded and aftermarket books are usually far from being complete or accurate.

Therefore, the following data will be of great value to the perfectionist who is restoring a 1966 Chevrolet pickup to exact factory appearance. The pages are direct copies from a rare 1966 Chevrolet truck salesman’s data book. This is the final authority on how your truck originally came from the factory. It should settle any arguments on your restored 1966 Chevrolet.

1966 Conventional Cabs

Series 10-60

Exterior Features

exterior features

Interior Features

interior festures

Custom Comfort Interior

custom comfort interior

Conventional Cabs

conventional cabs

Cab Construction

cab construction

Two Tone Combinations

two tone combinations

Color Chart

color chart

Color Combinations

color combinations

Pedal Pad Differences

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Yes, rubber pedal pads from 1947 through 1959 look the same when installed. However, because of the design of the metal pedal below them, they are different on their backside. Some suppliers market them as one item but the attached pictures will show this as not true.

pedal pad 1

Same Outer Surface (above)

pedal pad 2

1955-1959 Left | 1947-1955 Right (above)

1966 Cab Features

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

1966 cab features

Curved Windshield

The large one-piece laminated safety plate glass windshield has an area of approximately 1116 square inches.

Electric Windshield Wipers

Provide constant wiping action regardless of engine load or accelerator position. Wipers have 13-inch blades and a wiping speed of 110 strokes per minute. Two-speed wipers, including a push-button-operated windshield washer, are standard. Wiper arms and the metal portions of the blades have a matte finish.

High-Level Ventilation

Outside air enters through louvers at the top of the cowl – away from road dust, heat and fumes. The air passes into a plenum built into the the cowl, where water is separated from the air and drained out. Air enters the driver compartment through two inlets-one on the right side and one on the left.


Partial opening of ventipanes permits stale air to be drawn out of driver compartment. Ventipanes can also be swung wide open to force outside air into the compartment. Made of solid safety-sheet glass.

Rearview Mirrors

Standard mirrors on Pickup models are a left-side fixed arm and an inside shatterproof. Series 10-30 Chassis Cabs utilize left- and right-hand 6-1/4 inches fixed arm standard mirrors. Series 50-80 models have a left-side 17-1/4 inches swing arm mirror as standard. A wide assortment of optional mirrors is available on most seines. See the Optional Equipment listing in the Model Specifications sections for exact availability.

Full-View Rear Window

Available as an option at extra cost. Large solid safety-sheet glass area of 762 square inches (331 square inches for standard solid safety-sheet rear window) improves rearward visibility to make driving easier and safer.

Safety Glass

Series 10-50 models have door windows of solid safety-sheet glass. Laminated safety sheet glass with metal window frames is optionally available. Series 60-80 models have laminated safety sheet glass with metal window frames as standard equipment.

Soft Ray Glass

Tinted glass is available as an option at extra cost. It may be ordered for the windshield only or for all windows. Consult the model specifications pages for availability as it varies with the series. The light and heat absorption of this glass reduces eye-strain and helps keep cab temperature more comfortable.

Window Frames

Painted metal frames on series 60-80 give extra rigidity to windows and reduce likelihood of broken or cracked glass. Metal frames are also included with the laminated glass option on Series 10-50.

Door Locks

All cab models include a key-operated left door lock as standard equipment. A right door lock is available as an option at extra cost.

Running Boards

Cabs in Series 50 through 80 are fitted with a running board on each side for ease in entering and leaving the cab. LCF cabs also have two convenient steps on each fender.

November 1, 1965