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Old 05-18-2021, 09:57 PM   #1
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1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

Good evening All;

I have a 1962 GMC and I found this piece of sheet metal under the radiator.
I have not seen these on other trucks and thought it might be a fabricated piece, so I was ready to through it away.

I reinstalled it to show how I think it was installed but it might be reversed.

Is it a factory piece to help with cooling?!

That was my guess. So does anyone have this piece under their truck?

Thanks for any input,
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Old 05-18-2021, 10:27 PM   #2
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Re: 1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

I've seen them on older Chevy cars but not on this series truck. But that doesnt mean much.
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Old 05-18-2021, 11:46 PM   #3
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Re: 1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

Factory, my 62 and my dad's 62 gmc have them there identical to your's
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Old 05-19-2021, 12:49 AM   #4
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Re: 1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

Thanks for the verification Matt!
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:50 PM   #5
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Re: 1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

I wonder what the reason was for it. If it had anything to do with getting better mpg's and it worked....I should make one since we're almost to 4 bucks a gallon around here now.
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Old 05-20-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
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Re: 1962 GMC Belly Pan; Is this a factory piece?

I believe itís a rock guard I donít think they were worried too much about aerodynamics back then or gas mileage when these trucks were new a gallon of regular gas was around $.24 a gallon in 66 I was in Wichita Kansas working on a natural gas pipeline there was a gas war going on you could by a gallon for premium gas for $.12 😂 LMAO Regular I think was $.9 cents
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