1960-1966 Chevrolet Trucks Information Section

by Woogeroo

        The purpose of this small page is to share some insight about what information is available for 1960-1966 GM trucks. I do not know everything about these trucks, but below are some things I have learned or sources I have discovered since I bought my 1965 C10 in April 2003. I have discovered that looking up information for these old trucks is fairly easy and simple, once you know where to go look it up. The knowing where requires a little knowledge and experience. Knowing things like: What official shop manuals are available? Which ones do I need/do not need? Which other books do I need or can I get a lot of use out of? I hope that you find this page useful in keeping your old 1960-1966 GM truck running, scoring that elusive used part or find the answer to a question that’s really been bugging ya.

-W

Updated: October 26th, 2013


A list of old truck articles that I have posted here…

 

Where do I find answers for my 1960-1966 truck questions?

  • Information sources
    • different manuals
    • list of websites with technical information
    • list of websites with forums for question & answers
  • Parts sources
    • types of parts
    • list of parts vendors
  • differences between Chevy/GMC
    • where to go to find out the differences

Motor Truck Repair manual, 29th Edition.

An article about searching for used pre-1973 Chevy/GMC Truck parts.

  • where do I find parts?
  • why not just use reproduction parts?
  • so, where do I find used parts?
  • I can search for used parts?
  • parts searching is part of the adventure!


Wiring my 67-72 column hazard lights in my ’65 Chevy C10

sway bar options for 1960-1966 Chevrolet/GMC trucks. Note: Also called Stabilizer bars.

e brakes – the 1966 -1972 Chevy truck park/emergency brake cable system. Images in here show the routing for the cables and locations for the hangers and mounts. This can be swapped onto the early 60-66  trucks, if needed.

1960 – 1966 c10 rear step side bumper license plate bracket : information, pictures

1965 Chevrolet C10 – dome light assembly : remove and replace – how to article with photos

1960-1966 Chevy Truck dash speakers
photos of the original mono speakers for 1960-1966 trucks, that mounted under the dash, along with the brackets. Also, photos of an after market speaker setup.

700r4 links, articles, threads…


Links to some old truck articles I’ve written that are posted elsewhere…

  • 1960-1966 GMC/Chevy Trucks Buyers Guide
  • A guide to 1960-1966 GMC/Chevy Truck Manuals
  • Tricks and Tips for reading indented part numbers
  • 1965 C10 Cowl Vent Outlet Valve Seal Replacement
    (those vents on each side of the cab)
  • A thread about the engine choices available by year in the 1960-1966 Chevy/GMC trucks
  • A thread about swapping in different seats into the 1960-1966 Chevy/GMC trucks. Aftermarket, later model or ‘other model’ seats… what fits? Good information if you are looking to do a seat swap.

The Chevrolet & GMC Truck Parts Vendors List

by Woogeroo

  • over 60 plus vendors listed and linked
  • addresses, zip codes and phone/fax numbers listed on most entries
  • always a continuous and never ending work in progress!
  • mostly 1917-1973 parts vendors(but others are welcome!)

Chevy/GMC truck Owner Pages

        The Chevy/GMC Truck Owner Pages list contains links to websites and/or photo albums created by individual owners for their truck or collection of trucks. These sites have pictures of the trucks, a list of repairs and projects that have been done, projects planned, etc.. In many cases there are detailed how to articles with pictures showing the steps they went through doing a project or repair on their truck. So, go check out what other people are doing to and with their old Chevy/GMC trucks!


Links to other informative sites and articles…

Van Pershing’s 1960 – 1966 Chevrolet truck “Idea Page’ – how to information and pictures on ideas of things to do to your truck.

Sections include:

  • Drive Train
  • Interior
  • Body
  • Electrical
  • sales brochure images
  • pics of other trucks!
  • …and more!

Also, be sure to check out his 1965 C20 Chevrolet Pickup – he has some great tech articles about his truck with pictures on:

  • the power steering kit setup from REZ engineering
  • a tilt column swap from a 1983 suburban
  • what you need to change motor mounts from a inline 6 to a v8
  • GM throttle body fuel injection adapted to a 1983 SBC
  • ..and more!

Hilander’s ’60-’66 Chevy Truck website


Sections include:
  • Memorabilia
  • Wiring Diagrams
  • Tips, Tricks and Technical stuff
  • Vendor Links
  • pages for differences on each year model!
  • Custom Camper
  • Corvair trucks
  • Panels n’ Burbs
  • odds n ends
  • Chevy truck related sites
  • …and more!
Tech articles, wiring diagrams, history & other great information. There are web pages for each year model, showing the styling changes and the different badges on the side, for each year. Very handy in trying to identify a truck you see on the side of the road.

Here you’ll find a wide variety of some of the most stylish trucks of the 60’s era. Originals, restorations & customs all blend together to give you an idea of just how popular these trucks have become in the past few years.


  • 1960-66 GMC Trucks or 1960-1974
    GMC Built Big Block V6 Engines
  • The 1960-66 GMC Trucks Model, this includes, Pickups, Suburban, Panels & Handi-Vans, even
    Step-Vans
  • lots and lots of Tech Articles
  • history
  • email list for finding parts
  • old GMC brochures – scanned so you can read them
  • lots of information of all kinds, if you have a 60-66 GMC, you need to explore this site!


Burgie’s 1964 C60 Restoration site

  • fixing up a 1964 Chevy, 2 ton dump truck!
  • great information and tech articles.
  • check out this ’64-’66 heater box rebuild article he did.
  • if you have mid big mid 60’s Chevy truck, check it out!
  • for more big Chevy truck info, visit the Big Bolts forum on Stovebolt.com

Lugnutz 65 Chevy Stepside by Lugnutz (stovebolt.com)

Sections include:

  • restoration blog of his ’65 C10
  • a super duper ’65 C10 steering wheel restoration page!
  • tips & tricks section
  • T5 transmission information page
  • Rebuilding a Borg Warner T5 Transmission : A hybrid T5 with V8 Camaro gears, input shaft and case so no need for an adapter plate. Combined with a S10 case cover and tail housing with a cable speedometer drive.
  • etc..

1966 Chevrolet C10 short wheel base step side

  • interesting section for scans of wiring diagrams

66submarine by 66Submarine

Sections include:

  • old trucks[Chevys : 1963 C30, 1965 C30, 1965 C10], trailers, tractors
  • general tech and repair articles
  • tech articles of installs
  • links
  • etc..

Ray’s Chevy Restoration Site – tech. info. here

Tech articles related to a 1966 Chevy C10 Fleestide truck.


GM Parts Wiki

a site dedicated to GM parts numbers, scans of old parts books, along with photos of the parts and their boxes/packaging.


rear drum brake assembly pictorial by nufsed from the ChevyTalk forum.

Assembly sequence for a “typical” GM drum brake on 1966 GM half-ton pickup (Delco Shown, Bendix similar).

Shows the inside of the rear brake drum assembly and the order with which the pieces go back together with step by step photos.

If you find this photo pictorial useful, and I know you will, please leave him a note on the site there, if possible. He likes to read the comments.


GM Heritage Center

The GM Heritage Center is home to hundreds of the world’s most significant cars and trucks. It also houses a massive collection of archived documents, artifacts and assorted automobilia. From original brochures, manuals and build sheets, to rare examples of badging and signage, this unique and growing repository reflects the historical accomplishments upon which GM is building its future.

Look under Archive – Vehicle Information Kits for a downloadable file containing a lot of free information about your truck!


Need some information on getting a project vehicle that has been sitting for awhile registered and on the road?

Go here to get going in the right direction:

Tag & Title Toolbox

Check the site for specifics related to your state. There is a downloadable .PDF document listing the rules and things.

NOTE: If the direct URL changes, it was listed under Resources/
Titling & Registration/Tag & Title Toolbox on the SEMA SAN site.

As always, check the details and laws BEFORE fixing up the vehicle!

If you have any confusion, consult an attorney in your area that deals with this area of the legal arena.

That site and information is courtesy of SEMA SAN

SEMA SAN = SEMA Action Network / they lobby governments for fair rules for old and modified/restored vehicles. Check them out and read up on what is going on “legal-wise” in your area.

SEMA = Specialty Equipment Market Association


Pictures of 1960-1996 trucks…

The Official 60-66 C-10 Chevy Truck Picture Thread on the HAMB

  • a huge thread of photos of 1960-1966 Chevy/GMC trucks, panels and suburbans
  • stock, custom, heavily modified, beaters, projects
  • can give you ideas of things to do with your truck
  • over 3,000 replies (10/2014)


Online Photo Albums  – share your link here! thread at 60-66 section on Chevytalk

  • a thread with posted links to online photo albums or collections of 60-66 Chevy/GMC trucks

The 1960-1966 Chevy/GMC trucks gallery at Stovebolt.com

  • panels, suburbans, pickups, big grain ton trucks too!
  • trucks of all sizes 1/2 ton to 3 ton
  • stock, custom – everything in between
  • progress pics – changes made

  • what did you find in your truck when you bought it?
  • this includes the cab, bed… whatever came along with you when you bought the truck
  • read about the crazy things other people found!
  • over 320 replies as of  04/2010
  • just a fun and nutty thread…

Chevy Truck Resource Pages

  • list of Chevy Truck forums, some sites have 60-66 specific areas
  • list of websites with specific Chevy Truck technical information

GMC Truck Resource Pages

  • list of GMC specific, truck forums, some sites have 60-66 specific areas
  • list of websites with specific GMC truck technical information

Each of the sites listed below have forums for Chevy trucks, each one has a specific area for 1960-1966 trucks:

Stovebolt.com

The ‘Bolt also has an extensive Links page!

  • Parts sources
  • Services
  • Electrical
  • Truck Sites
  • Clubs
  • Insurance
  • Publications and Literature( a long list of books for working on your truck )
  • Street Rods
  • Fire Trucks
  • Tools
  • Trailers
  • Modern Iron
  • Other Neat Stuff

Publications and Print resources, a list on the Stovebolt Page

  • a list of books for fixing/modifying things on automobiles
  • links to sites that sell old literature
  • links to magazines
  • go explore!!!

 

Chevy Talk.org

  • anything and everything Chevrolet, car or truck
  • 1917 – current forums for the trucks

 

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

  • has a forum here.
  • a great resource to have if you want to keep it original or do a to stock restoration