I originally posted this to alt.trucks.chevy, but I think it would be more
appropriate here (based on the response I got :-)
The VIN number of my PU says it's a 1960 ( 0C144J116659 ), but it looks like
a '59. It's a Fleetside with 123 inch wheelbase and a 283 w/ 4 speed. When I
mentioned that the speedometer read slow to a friend, he laughed and said he
had the same model when he was younger. He claims that there was a strike
and that some of the trucks were put together by non-union workers. He also
said he used to carry a spare wiper motor under the seat, because the gears
were plastic and would break. I couldn't find any mention of a strike or
walkout during '59 or '60 at the UAW web site, but there was one in '58 that
affected '59 model availability.
Does any one know anything about this?
Update since original posting to a.t.c:
I have requested a Restoration Package from GM for this VIN. We'll see what
they send me. Based on information I found, it appears to be a 3234 (because
of wheelbase length) 1/2 ton (GVW is 5000lbs). The C3200 supposedly was last
made in '59. Could it be that they continued to make '59 models into 1960?
The model 44 seems odd as well. Could it be that a 44 is a late model 34?
You're correct. The VIN says that its a '60. In fact, according to the
standard decoding, its a: conventional cab, 1/2 ton, 6 1/2' body, model 44,
built in Janesville. The really strange thing is that I can't locate any
information about a model 44. An 04 is a step side and a 34 is a Fleetside.
Since the wheelbase is 123", it has to be a 3200, so maybe the 44 means that
it's a 3234 (where a 34 would mean a 3134). The cab is definitely a '59
(hood, fenders, grill work) and it has coils front/leaf springs rear (also
'59), but the VIN is a '60. It's in the location a '60 VIN would be (below
the upper left door hinge, along with the wheelbase and color/trim codes).
It has a 283 and a 4 speed (granny+3) and I think a posi rear end (I need to
look again). Definitely a work truck.
I think you're right. Thigs must have been much different then. Now, it
seems they stop building a given year around April :-) Based on the serial
number, it was about the 6000th vehicle out of Janesville in 1960. My guess
is that the number (last siz digits in the VIN) was different for all
vehicles leaving the plan. What would make this a problem, would be if I
ever sold it. It's a '59, but on the VIN and title, it's a '60.
The reason for the original posting was to find out how common this is/was,
and if it isn't, was there something special about '59/'60 (were some parts
'59 and some '60). I'm just going to treat it as a '59 when replacing parts.
Gallery - LOTS of pics of old trucks in various stages - restored, hot
rodded or tricked out.
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