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Old 03-30-2008, 07:17 PM
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1.5 Ton 47 Chevy?

Hi, new guy here.
I have an old 47-54 chevy truck, (not sure of the year). Its a 3 window, split windshield. I am 90% certain that it is a 1.5 Ton, but I might be incorrect. My question is, would this cab be the same as a 3100/3600/3800 cab? Id like to build it as a hotrod, but Id rather do a pickup and not a commercial truck resto, if you get what I mean. Also, if the fenders are the same as those of the pickups. But I have a suspicion that they are bigger fenders for the 22.5's. I have tried searching, and emailing with no responses. The fenders have a width of ~38" at the bottom of the wheel cut-out. I hope this picture works. Its nto a very good one, Ill try to get some more up tomorrow night.
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Fenders are different But I believe the cab is the same.
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Great, thats what I was hoping to hear. I figure it would be a lot cheaper to obtain 4 fenders, and maybe a hood? Than to get a whole truck, especially one in this condition. No rusted through spots, actually no real high amount of surface rust, and no major dents, and the windshield is in perfect condition, which seems odd. All the other glass is trash, but it all needs replaced anyway, its dirty and discolored. Well, I have a while before I undertake this project, but thanks for the info.
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Fenders are different But I believe the cab is the same.
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Correct. All the 47-55 (first series) trucks use the same cab (well, except for the one-piece windshield for 54-early 55). GMC cabs of the same years also interchange. The front fenders on the 1.5 and 2 ton trucks are wider than those on the 1 ton and smaller trucks. There are some differences in cab mounting during that span, but the cabs are all the same.
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Just to be anal, they do innerchange, however..... The cabs aren't completely the same 47-53. There is the side cowl vent. The rear cab mounts change in 49ish, the windlace seals change to a slide in metal strip welded to the cab. The door jamb at the striker is different on the push button handle trucks 51 and up.

There's a bunch of other things like the fire wall, just anal stuff. But the rear cab mounts and the door jamb at the striker can throw you a curve ball when doing a swap if you are not ready for it.

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Well, as long as the cabs are the same Im in good shape. The doors on this truck are fine, so the strikers and such wont be a problem. But is the hood the same, I dont think anyone said it was or not, I might have missed it though. Im going to guess the grille is different since the fenders are narrower on the smaller trucks. And the cab mounts wont matter, as Im planning to clip it with a control-arm chassis, and will most like build a rear clip from 2x4x1/4.
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The hood may be longer, I bought an NOS hood strip off Ebay a while ago and the darn thing is about an inch and a half longer! What I was told over at http://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ (the best site on the net for these trucks) that the hood is longer on the larger trucks, though they my look exactly the same.

I don't remember when the change is made, 1.5 ton, 2.5 ton, I don't remember.

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The hood may be longer, I bought an NOS hood strip off Ebay a while ago and the darn thing is about an inch and a half longer! What I was told over at http://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ (the best site on the net for these trucks) that the hood is longer on the larger trucks, though they my look exactly the same.

I don't remember when the change is made, 1.5 ton, 2.5 ton, I don't remember.

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Couldnt you strech the front out a little to make it work?

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The problem is, the moulding is longer than the hood. But that is fine, I am going to have to shorten it anyway being the hood will be sectioned.

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On the front sheet metal everything from 1/2ton to & including 1ton are the same, 1.5 & up are bigger. Cabs are basicly the same other then some small stuff like Brian said plus the early ones mounted in the rear differently...joe
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http://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ (the best site on the net for these trucks)
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Correct. All the 47-55 (first series) trucks use the same cab (well, except for the one-piece windshield for 54-early 55). GMC cabs of the same years also interchange. The front fenders on the 1.5 and 2 ton trucks are wider than those on the 1 ton and smaller trucks. There are some differences in cab mounting during that span, but the cabs are all the same.

Sorry to bring up a dead thread, but I just bought a 57 1.5ton and am wanting to make sure before I go ahead. Does all that has been said on this thread also go for the 57 model 1.5 tons? I hope so, because I've already go a s10 frame to put the cab down on.
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Pretty much. In almost any brand of 40s-50s truck, the fenders get bigger after the one ton but most of the 1.2-2 ton cabs are basically the same as pickups. That should apply to your 57 as well.
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Thanks man. I was pretty sure it would go, but i'd rather be safe than sorry.
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