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Suburban Rear Quarter Panel Holes

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The full rear quarter panels for the 1947-55 Chevy/GMC Suburban were made all the same at the metal stamping manufacturer.  To save money these panels were not made different if the Suburban was to have the double doors or the tailgate style opening in the rear.

Thus, when the Suburban was provided with a lift and tailgate combination the 4 holes for the “double barn door” hinges in the quarter panels were filled with rectangular rubber plugs.  This was not just for appearance but prevent rain water from reaching the body interior.

These photos show the plugs painted in body color; however it is questioned if this is correct.  By 1950, Suburban buyers had the choice of the 12 pickup colors.  It would have been more economical for all to have black rubber plugs instead of 12 boxes with the optional color prepainted plugs on the assembly line.

The other thought:  These plugs were painted when the full body was given its final color.  This would mean GM planned on the enamel body paint being of the quality that would successfully adhere to rubber over the years.  We don’t usually see this combination in other GM vehicles.  Special paint for rubber only is used!

Comments on how it really occurred:  Email us at jcarter@oldchevytrucks.com

New 1952 Vacuum Advance

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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On the new 216 six cylinder engine, introduced in 1937, the vacuum advance was placed on Chevrolet trucks and cars at the right side of the engine below the distributor. A small metal vacuum line across the front of the engine connected to the carburetor base.

This vacuum advance design continued on trucks through the end of this family of six cylinder engines in 1962, however, on cars a change occurred in 1952. For cars, their engines began with new side motor mounts, not at the front of the block. For the vacuum line to get around this side mount the advance assembly changed position. See photo.

Note: When you see a parts book showing the vacuum advance changes in 1952, they are describing a car not a truck.

Using the 1952-1962 car vacuum advance on a truck will require modification on the vacuum line to a different bend. It will definitely not look correct!

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1937-1951 Car and 1937-1962 Truck (left) | 1952 -1962 Car – (right)

Proper 3100 Hood Side Emblem

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

During the Advance Design years no less than four different Chevrolet hood side emblems were used on 1/2 tons. Each of their two mounting pins are in the same place so the punched hood holes were unchanged during these years. All were chromed die cast even during the 1952-1953 Korean war chrome shortage.

The following pictures show the correct emblem for each of the years. Beware, some vendor’s catalogs do not list them correctly.

Note: Between mid-1949 through 1951, a separate small 3100 emblem was placed below the Chevrolet letter plate. Therefore, hoods during these years will have two additional factory punched holes. The longer Chevrolet emblem used between 1949-1952 are the same.

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1949-1951 3100 Emblem (above)

proper 3100 2

1955 First Series (above)

proper 3100 3

1952 (above)

proper 3100 4

1953-1954 (above)

proper 3100 5

1947-1949 Thriftmaster (above)

1952 Chevrolet

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Owner: Jim Swing

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This is my original 1952 Chevy truck with only 83,783 miles on it. The truck was sold in Rush City, Minnesota at Schneider Chevrolet, which is no longer in business. It was kept in the area by Leroy Lindstrom. I bought it at a garage sale in 2007, just the way it sits, for $2500.00. I had to redo the box wood and put on a new muffler but every thing else is original. It still has the 6 volt system, six cylinder, and three on the tree.

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1952 Chevrolet

Sunday, June 1st, 2003

Owner: Dirk Van Den Bergh Belgium

1952 chevrolet truck

These are two Chevrolets panel trucks that we use for the club meetings of our Belgian club “Forties and Fifties American Cars Enthusiasts”. Both are manufactured in Antwerp at the General Motors Continental plant and have 6 in line engines and speedometers in kilometers. The green one is equipped with for loudspeakers and the flags of Belgium, the city of Antwerp, the European Community and of course the Stars and Stripes of America! We use it to open our meetings and U.S.-car parades. The parking lights and the turn signal lights on the green one are not correct and has to be removed one day and replaced with the originals. At the side of this panel truck, my 1954 Chevrolet Highway Patrol car.

The dark red panel truck is also mine but I use it for our club meetings as the last car to close the car parade. He will need some more parts of Jim Carter classic truck parts!

Best regards,

Dirk Van den Bergh
President 40’s & 50’s A.C.E.
E-mail: forties-fifties@skynet.be

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