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Old 05-01-2010, 04:23 PM
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74 Chevrolet Pickup

I am an older father. I have a 17 year-old son. I bought him a 74 Chevrolet Pickup to fix and for him to learn. It is going to be a joint project to see if we can continue to stay friends through out these teen years.

I met my first defeat with this vehicle when the steering column linkage went out. I tried to repair it and find there are few parts for the steering column so I am going to put a stick shift in it. I do not want anything expensive and we are going to covert it from a 6 to an 8 later this year and put in the automatic transmission.

I am pretty sure it is a Saginaw as it is a three speed standard and has 7 bolts on the side. I can find no number on it except for GM22 stamped on the side. Does anyone know what that means?

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Old 05-01-2010, 06:33 PM
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I'm not sure post some pics of the trans so we can see. There should be more #s somewhere.JMO


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gm22 means nothing

its a saginaw three speed nothing special at all

SM326 if it is fully synched




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I am an older father. I have a 17 year-old son. I bought him a 74 Chevrolet Pickup to fix and for him to learn. It is going to be a joint project to see if we can continue to stay friends through out these teen years.

I met my first defeat with this vehicle when the steering column linkage went out. I tried to repair it and find there are few parts for the steering column so I am going to put a stick shift in it. I do not want anything expensive and we are going to covert it from a 6 to an 8 later this year and put in the automatic transmission.

I am pretty sure it is a Saginaw as it is a three speed standard and has 7 bolts on the side. I can find no number on it except for GM22 stamped on the side. Does anyone know what that means?
A little more info would help. Are you telling us that the truck is a column-shifted three speed manual? That's actually kinda cool in a perverse way, especially on a vehicle that new. When you say "stick shift", do you mean a floor shifter? Hurst makes many for this truck, at various price points.

What exactly went out in the column?
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It was three on the column. This seems to be a unique steering column and could not locate the bushings so I am going to the floor. I know it is an ordinary transmission, but i was wondering what the GM 22 stood for. More curiousity than anything else. I have a stick ordered but it will take a week with this weekend so it is not off the vehicle yet so I can't take pictures. The number must be on top.

I am not spending a lot on the floor shifter because in a matter of months I will be putting a 350 w/automatic in it. The shift is so the boy can keep driving until we get to the engine.

The question is not a big deal. As I said, it was just a matter of curiosity since I could not locate the other numbers and GM22 in not on the internet.

Thanks for the help.
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As I said, it was just a matter of curiosity since I could not locate the other numbers and GM22 in not on the internet.
These numbers will appear on all sorts of GM castings, and generally are foundry numbers that tell what molds and/or casting station were used to make the part for traceability/QC. They (as you've found) don't tell anything about the specific specs or applications. Purely an "in house" ID system for the most part.

Good luck w/the project and keep us posted...
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Thanks to all of you. I appreciate your comments
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I also live in San Antonio, and I have a '75 GMC K25 with a 350 and TH350. In general, most parts for these trucks are fairly easy to find; however, 3 on the column is not common.

The San Antonio Pick and Pull has a lot of these 73-87 pickup trucks, and the 73-91 Suburban's and 1 ton pickups. There are at least 100+ trucks to choose from, but its a long walk to the back of the yard to find them. Bring a cart or wheelbarrow to carry tools and parts.

I have also used Roosevelt Auto Parts quite a bit. Roosevelt does not have as many vehicles to pick from, but its a lot easier to make a quick run into the Roosevelt yard than it is to go to Pick and Pull.

I found the '74 GMC repair manual and '75 supplement on Ebay shortly after we got the truck. It still has a few areas where GM did not provide much information (for example, there are no pictures of the stock exhaust setup), but its still a very useful book.

The one area where its hard to save money is the body work. There are very few low-end paint shops anymore, even on the South Side, because the EPA has so many restrictions on paint booths. You can find nearly any replacement body part you need to fix the truck, but if it has to be painted you will spend much more money than you think.

I have two sons (now 20 and 23) who drove this truck in high school. They learned quite a bit from fixing up and driving an old vehicle, and certainly have an appreciation of what it takes to keep it running.

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3-speed linkage

I met my first defeat with this vehicle when the steering column linkage went out. I tried to repair it and find there are few parts for the steering column so I am going to put a stick shift in it.

Do you still have the linkage for the 3-speed? If so I would be interested in obtaining them. I am restoring a 74 and am missing the linkage from the column shift to the transmission.

Thanks...
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Hello there

I have a friend that has a bunch of the 73-87 trucks on property
on the southside below 1604

Next time I see him or his son, I will ask what he may have available.
He needs to come by my house and pick up a cab, box and front clip
from an 81 I recently killed for a few parts.
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