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Old 05-04-2021, 12:38 PM   #26
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Re: Bought C3500 basket case

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Old 05-04-2021, 12:43 PM   #27
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I prefer longsteppers mine is 8 ft
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Old 05-04-2021, 11:20 PM   #28
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Re: Bought C3500 basket case

That's a great lookin truck, Mark.


Whats funny is I daily drive a stock I6, 1956 Ford F100 with the only bed available in those days(fenderside style). I absolutey fell in love with the 1956 F350 "Express bed", which was a 1 ton optional truck where it too came with a 9' bed. Kinda rare, typically in poor shape.

Nonetheless I am used to "fendersides"....my daily driver is one. I don't hate them, but prefer "fleetside" for usable worktruck status.

I also have a bone to pick with wood bed trucks, drives me nuts having to be careful. I'm really happy my new 8" foot bed is old beat up steel bottom. Gonna use this truck till it bleeds
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Re: Bought C3500 basket case

We got a little side tracked on the beds. I wish someone who knows more about breaking down the model# out of the VIN and/or knows what's up with this truck's model # could shed some light. If what I found is correct, then this wasn't a pickup at all to begin with. It wasn't a cab and chassis either. It shows as a frame-only order, which would have had a commercial body built on it. It's confusing because obviously this truck came with a cab, since we are going by the VIN on the SPID on the glovebox door of the cab
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Old Yesterday, 05:08 PM   #30
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Re: Bought C3500 basket case

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We got a little side tracked on the beds. I wish someone who knows more about breaking down the model# out of the VIN and/or knows what's up with this truck's model # could shed some light. If what I found is correct, then this wasn't a pickup at all to begin with. It wasn't a cab and chassis either. It shows as a frame-only order, which would have had a commercial body built on it. It's confusing because obviously this truck came with a cab, since we are going by the VIN on the SPID on the glovebox door of the cab
based on what I found on this forum (link below) the 1972 decoder was a little different than 71. judging by the doors with the screw hole at the wing window I am pinning this as a 1972.

looks to me like its: TCE342Z5......

T: GMC
C: 2WD
E:V-8
3:1-Ton
4:Pickup
2:1972
Z: Freemont

I read that as a single rear wheel 133" wheelbase pickup. That doesn't mean the dealer didn't do any mods.

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=570059




If I had to guess I would say it was a fleetside truck that had a 6" extension at the front like the ones in the linked thread below:

(here is one posted by jessemasterblaster in 2011:

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=439761

Either way, very cool truck. I just recently picked up a 1-ton my self, in the 157" variety.

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Re: Bought C3500 basket case

Great, thanks for that link. That model# makes sense now, too. You are correct in what the truck started as. The 6004 in the model# stands for 60 = 133" and 04 = Wideside. The previous owner altered the truck to fit the much easier to locate bed for a 127" truck when it needed a replacement. You have a rare truck, something people will tell you doesn't exist. It's what GM did beginning with 1973, 1/2, 3/4, and 1t pickups all using same wheelbase... and bed. Your truck is ahead of it's time!
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