Light Commercial Vehicles Association
Two LCVA Articles about
It seems that GM/Chevrolet might have made changes in parts and features throughout the model year. Most likely, GM/Chevrolet would introduce new parts and features but still use old parts until they ran out. The model year is designated on the VID plate attached to the cab driver's-side door opening, between the hinges.
• 216.5 cubic inch engine; low pressure inline-6 engine with 30 psi oil pressure gauge.
• 235 cubic inch engine is available on larger trucks; this was also a low-pressure inline-6 engine with 30psi oil pressure gauge.
• Cloth-braided wiring.
• The "back splash" bar of the painted grille is silver gray (white ?) and the outer bars have no pin stripe/.
• On chrome grilles, only the outer bar is plated and the "back splash" bars are painted silver gary (white ?), same as the painted grille.
• Bed still contains 9 boards.
• Similar to earlier trucks, except: gas tank is now located behind seat inside of cab.
• Hood emblem is now chrome-plated steel.
• Inside door-handle is now pulled to open.
• As in '47 and '48, on Chevrolet light trucks hood-side chrome emblem states THRIFTMASTER. The large trucks' side hood-emblem states LOADMASTER.
- Serial #'s, GP 1/2 ton, GR 3/4 ton, GS 1 ton, etc...
• New-style cab windlace fits in metal track around door opening.
• Headliner center bow is now "floating type", no longer screwed to roof of cab.
• Hood side emblem says CHEVROLET, no longer says THRIFTMASTER or LOADMASTER.
• Series designation emblems also on side of hood; 3100 on 1/2 ton, 3600 on 3/4 ton, 3800 on 1 ton, etc. Serial #'s same as Early 1949.