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1971 Argentina Truck

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


During a recent trip to Buenos Aires, this Argentina built 1971 Chevrolet ½ ton was seen beside a downtown street. Its unique features causes us to take a strong second look. The more we observed this clean little shortbed, the more we saw features that were special to this South American Chevy.

The driver was not available so we just took pictures and studied the differences. It appears the GM plant in Argentina used parts from the earlier series of Chevrolet trucks to save much money. This helped make the vehicle more affordable for the local buyer.

Some of the more obvious differences are as follows:

  • Note the clear park light lenses. (Amber color lenses have been a federal requirement in the U.S. since 1963.)
  • The wing vent handles were on U.S. trucks in 1960-67 and the total assembly in the U.S. is 1967 only. Why change tooling if the prior design serves the purpose?
  • The unique Posi-Traction differential emblem was placed on the right fender, not the left.
  • Check out the economy heater panel. It consists of a rectangular plate and three pull or turn levers that operate the re-circulator heater. The knobs control temperature, fan speed, and defroster. This system is similar to the basic heaters offered in the mid 1950’s in the U.S.
  • The bed is the most noticeable difference in the Argentina ½ ton. It’s tailgate was used in the U.S. in 1958-66, however, it has been modified for the South American trucks. Special latches secure the gate in the closed position. By modifying the bed sides and the older heavier tailgate, limited new tooling was required. Yes, to save costs it even uses tailgate chains!
  • The wheelwell tubs are also produced with no tooling. Forming, bending, and welding create this finished product.
  • The metal corrugated bed bottom does not have the same spacing as the US produced pickups. Thus, the floor was produced locally to save production and shipping costs.

A real money saving technique is the use of 6 bolt wheels. See side mounted spare tire in attached photo. In the US, 1971 was the first year for disc brakes and 5 bolt wheels. In Argentina, a big savings was to keep the 1967-1971 non-disc brake system. Therefore, we see the 6 bolt early wheel on this 1971.

In this 1971 Argentina example, the fenders and bedsides are without marker lights. (These were required in the U.S. by 1968.)

Check the tail lights! These are 1960-1966 on U.S. produced Fleetside pickups. This truck even had the red bow-tie molded in the red lens.

Note the resulting sheet metal differences in the rear of the bedsides. There is not any metal contours for the U.S. style, 1967-1972, tail light to fit. There are no back-up lights and using earlier light assemblies lowers production costs.

Yes, this feature truck had been repainted in past years but it is doubtful if the tail lights were added to give a custom touch. In Argentina, pickup trucks are used for the purpose they were designed ‘ as a worker. There, trucks are not Sunday drivers and aren’t given appearance changes that would require the owner’s disposable income. They are valued in their ability to haul merchandise!

1971 Chevrolet truck

Wheel well tubs made without tooling (above)

1971 Chevrolet truck

The full back view (above)

1971 Chevrolet truck

Clear park light lenses (above)

1971 Chevrolet truck

Note: basic heater lever panel (above)

1971 Chevrolet truck

Posi-Traction fender emblem (above)

1971 Chevrolet truck

Tailgate latch holds older gate to bed side (above)

Fender Mistake

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

How did this happen? Strange but true. The 1971-1972 right front Chevrolet pickup fender has one of its two 350 emblem holes punched incorrectly. This causes the horizontal emblem to slope down at the rear. The left fender is correct.

The person that owns this all original 1972 truck states that all 1971-1972 Chevrolet trucks have this unusual feature. You can always recognize an aftermarket replacement fender. Their holes are correctly placed.

fender mistake 1

Right side with slope or 350 Emblem (above)

fender mistake 2

Left side parallel to marker light (above)

1971 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Cheyenne

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Owner: Martin Hall

1971 chevrolet truck

I purchased my 1971 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Cheyenne in the spring of 2002. My intentions were to do a patch up backyard restoration. I soon discovered that not only was it going to be a full restoration but a frame off restoration due to a lot more unforeseen rust and body damage.

My son and I did a complete engine swap starting with a bare 350 block and worked our way into building a super modified 383.

  • 350 bored .30 over
  • Hipo cast heads
  • Elderbrock aluminum intake and carb
  • Comp cam
  • Roller rockers
  • J.E. pistons and rods
  • Pete Jackson gear drive ‘soon to be blown’
  • Many other modifications as time went on

Months later I purchased a refurbished bed and began the long hard process of body work. During this time a good family friend who was well educated in bodywork helped guide us along while lending a hand to end a 2-1/2 year part time process. We shaved the trim molding along with the marker lights, added a billet grill, custom louvered tail gate with custom lighting, complete 6′ lowering kit, American Racing Outlaw 15 x 8 and 15 x 10 wheels. The paint scheme is ‘Alderson ‘ black with metal flake; Metallic Blue Ice trimmed with Ultra violet purple pin striping.

I showed the truck with incomplete interior at the 2006 All Truck Nationals in Riverside, Missouri hosted by Genuine Chevy GMC Truck Club of Kansas City. In the spring of 2007 the interior was completed with black and silver flamed interior and custom audio.

After much blood, sweat and tears shed through the entire process I’m proud to say she is not a trailer queen but not a daily driver.

Special thanks goes to Jim Carter, Mike, Sheba, Julie, Lynn, Wayne Alderson, R & S Upholstery, and my family for allowing me to spend the time and MONEY on my project.

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