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1953 GMC: PREVIOUS OWNER..I HAVE THE REGISTRATION WHICH GIVES THE VIN

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I HAVE A 1953 GMC TRUCK. IT HAS NO OBVIOUS MODEL NUMBER BUT WAS TOLD FROM PREVIOUS OWNER IT IS A 3/4-TON. I HAVE THE REGISTRATION WHICH GIVES THE VIN AS 10222C9621 (ANOTHER NUMBER BELOW IT READS ACO99999). ANOTHER WEBSITE SAYS THE FIRST NUMBER IS XXXXX MOPAR FROM THE EARLY 60'S!

I NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION BEYOND WHAT I HAVE FOR REPLACING THE BRAKES. I.E. WHEEL CYLINDER SIZE AND RELATED PARTS REPLACEMENT.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Classic Car
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.
On the side of the hood near the rear, there should be some GMC emblems. Below that should be another set of emblems with some numbers. If your truck has these emblems, what are the numbers you have?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
ACTUALLY THERE ARE NO NUMBER PRESENT WITH THE GMC SIDE HOOD LOGO. MAYBE YOU CAN TELL FROM THIS PICTURE LINK?: http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii308/DOC_100/DSNY%20IMAGE%20BANK/53GMCROOFPAINTED.jpg
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.
You have the 8 foot long bed. This is the 3/4 ton model.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
OK THANKS. XXXXX WAS PERTAINING TO WHEEL CYLINDER SIZE AND BRAKE PARTS INFO. CAN YOU HELP ME THERE? OR SHOULD I JUST TAKE OFF THE WHEEL AND DISECT WHAT I HAVE?
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.

Most parts catalogs list the parts specifically for the 3/4 ton models, so you can order without disassembling your truck. Below is a page from lmctruck.com showing their brake components.

 

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/ca/full.aspx?Page=85

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
IS THERE ANY OTHER INFO YOU CAN TELL ME IN REF TO THE V.I.N. AS FAR AS WHERE THE TRUCK WAS BUILT AND WHAT COLOR IT WAS TO BEGIN WITH? IT HAD AN ENGINE SWAP SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, SO KNOWING ALS WHAT ENGINE ORIG CAME W/THE TRUCK WOULD HELP ALSO. IS THERE ANYWAY TO TELL FROM THE V.I.N. WHAT DEALERSHIP THE TRUCK WAS SHIPPED TO WHEN NEW?

THANKS SO MUCH!
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.

Unfortunately the registration # XXXXX XXXXX the serial # XXXXX the engine. You will need to check the numbers on the I D plate inside the drivers door opening. The link below will be helpful in deciphering the I D plate number. Car manufacturers did not include as much information in the VIN number in 1953 as they do now.

 

http://www.oldgmctrucks.com/page0010.html

 

The base engine in your truck was a 228. There was an option for a 248, but very few trucks received the larger engine.

 

Another helpful website for information on these trucks is below.

 

http://stovebolt.com/

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So what does this make my truck model #? I'm having trouble deciphering that part.
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.
The 3/4 ton model # is a 150.
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