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Old 10-10-2004, 01:40 PM
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Hi, I have a 71 GMC 3/4 4X4 pickup with a 8' box. Now here's the question. My truck has leaf springs in the rear but I'm looking for the e-brake cables and all I can find is 67-72 GMC/Chevy trucks with coil springs. The e-brake cables on these mount wrong and are to short for my truck. Does anyone know if there's a reason for leaf instead coils in the rear of these trucks? Also theres 5 leaf springs per side in the rear and they are factory mounted. Thanks, John

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One of the differences between the GMC and Chevy trucks was the coil springs in the rear were only offered in the Chevy. The Chevy could be special ordered with leaf springs in the 1/2 ton, but I am not sure about the 3/4 ton. Have you bothered to check to see if you can get the cables for the Chevy? We have had pretty good luck finding all the parts we needed for the early 70s long bed 1/2 ton from LMC Truck. It is a 70 GMC long bed frame with rear leaf springs, a Chevy bed, hood, grill and a GMC cab and doors. We were able to get new cables for it and should fit your truck.

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Hi, I checked with both GMC and Chevy trucks, thats where I was getting the coil springs only part numbers. They couldn't find any brake cables under GMC so they tried Chevy. That's when I tried here for help. I went to the LMC trucks web site an ordered a catalog. Thanks for the tip. The parts stores around here tell you "dealer only part" when you say 1971 GMC. Any other differances between 1967-1972 GMC and Chevy pickups you would like to share. I'm just getting started with this truck. Thanks for your help. John
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