for what it is worth five minutes of searching came up with this site and
found what appears to be an interesting film
I searched for 1953 chevy truck and came across pet-31
if anyone has access to these films I would love to get a copy
Bill 53-3600 hot rod (project again)
Go ahead and take risks....just be sure that everything
will turn out OK.
----- Original Message -----
To: "Durwood B. Darbin" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 6:34 AM
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Grille on '50
> Flame you? Heck no! Your knowledge on these trucks is well respected by
> all on the list, and appreciated.
> My information stating no chrome grilles on the '51's come from statements
> I (believe) I read in the book "How to restore your Chevy Pickup". Mr.
> Carter could be very correct in his statements regarding the '52 & '53
> models. (I was still in diapers when these models were new, so I sure as
> shoot don't remember!) Seems to me that over the years, since early
> childhood, that I have seen loads of what I understood to be original
> '52's & '53's with chrome grilles. Personally, I couldn't give a
> golly-gosh-darn if any owner wants chrome or not for his truck. It's his
> title on the machine, so knock yourself out! To me, it's more a point of
> curiousity, what models came with or without the chrome, specific to a
> particular year.
> Different subject (as long as I have your attention)
> Several years ago I recall watching a movie on PBS that was made in the
> early 50's (B&W). It was either a documentary or one of those "Jack
> Industrial films that was shot in a Chevy assembly plant and it revolved
> around a fellow installing window glass and doors on new pickup truck
> I remember that the cabs were moved station to station on wheeled dollies.
> Does this ring-a-bell with any of you? It was kinda cool for what it was.
> Bob Heil
> '51 3600 (with at painted grille) in pieces
> "Durwood B.
> Darbin" To: RobertHeil@hellausa.com
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> Subject: RE: [oletrucks]
Grille on '50
> 09:09 AM
> The latest Jim Carter 1947-1955 first catalog, page 6, titled 'For the
> Perfectionist' reads, "Shortages during the Korean War are the primary
> reason for the eliminating of bright work on the 1952 and 1953 truck.
> Therefore, painted items on these trucks included: hub caps, bumpers,
> grille, radio speaker horizontal trim, glovebox door, etc. Interior
> cranks and wiper knobs changed to maroon plastic." One can only wonder
> the hood emblem was changed to stainless steel during 1953.
> Also the chrome grill was an option for all other years and not standard.
> If ya didn't want to pay the extra bucks for chrome then ya got a painted
> Once I thought that I made a mistake but it turned out that I was wrong!
> (Just kidding!) Please don't flame me for that last sentence.
> >Chrome or no Chrome? My understanding is that all grilles were painted
> >model year 1951 only, and chrome grilles were a standard option for all
> >other model years. The quality of the plating was very poor in '52 & '53
> >due to the reduced nickel content in the process. Nickel was critical in
> >the production of artillery shells.
> >Bob Heil
> >'51 3600 in pieces
> 51 Chevy 1/2 ton Deluxe 5 window
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
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