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


1960 – 1966 Chevrolet Truck Information Section


So you have a 1960-1966 Chevrolet/GMC Truck and you have a few questions:

  1. Information:

    1. where do I start to look for or find information about my truck?
      • factory Chevrolet/GMC Shop Manuals
      • 1960 – 1966 Chevy/GMC Truck Assembly Manual
      • factory Accessory installation manuals
      • Operators Manual
      • Silver Books
      • Motor Truck Repair Manuals
      • websites & forums  dedicated to Chevrolet/GMC trucks

  2. parts sources:
    1. types or classes of parts
      • Used
      • New Old Stock
      • Reproduction
    2. used parts and reproduction parts from old truck parts vendors
    3. websites & forums dedicated to Chevrolet/GMC trucks

  3. differences between Chevy/GMC:
    1. 1960-1966 Buyers guide
    2. Chevy Truck Resource Pages
    3. GMC Truck Resource Pages


Information

There are seven primary sources of information for restoration, modification and repairs for your truck. The factory Chevrolet/GMC Shop Manuals, 1960 – 1966 Chevy/GMC Truck Factory Assembly Manual, factory Accessory installation manuals which are Chevrolet model year specific – not just for trucks, the Operators Manual, the Chevrolet dealer Silver Books, Motor brand Truck Repair manuals and the on line websites and forums dedicated to Chevrolet & GMC trucks. 

      

Factory Chevrolet/GMC Shop Manuals

The very first source of information is the factory Chevrolet/GMC Shop Manuals which were used by the dealerships to repair these trucks. You can find these used at swap meets or online at automotive repair manual sites and the online auction web sites. New reprints are available for purchase from the many online parts vendors, the information within the manuals is the same as the originals. These are very valuable to try to figure out the most mundane things on how to disassemble and repair things. Remember, back when these trucks were new, people expected their vehicles to be able to be repaired, instead of replacing entire component assemblies like they do today.


1960 – 1966 Chevy/GMC Truck Assembly Manual

This manual is a compilation of diagrams and drawings of how things are assembled in all areas of the truck. The problem with this book is that there is no index to the layout. There is a lot of information in there tho’, I use sticky notes to mark things I find relevant or interesting to what I’m currently working on or researching.

Note for GMC owners:  according to Jolly at the GMC site for 1960-1974 GMC’s, this particular manual has no GMC truck related drawings in it. He would know as he has several GMC trucks and lots of literature related to them.


Factory Accessory installation manuals

A year specific manual with information about the accessories in your truck. This manual covers all vehicles for that year model, not just the trucks as the same accessories were used across the board. It is very informative in the areas of the heating and A/C electrical wiring.


Operators Manual

A manual for your truck that details the use and operation of the switches and things. They also had information about basic maintenance, tire pressures and oil/lube change intervals, etc.. This is handy stuff if your truck is stock or close to stock and you plan on running it that way.


Silver Books

A book of sales & information literature sent out to the dealerships to help the salesmen answer questions and sell trucks. There was a Silver Book for each year model, 1960-1966. As far as I know, these are only available used.

Here is the language inside the front cover of a 1966 Silver Book – Engineered Vocational Equipment For Chevrolet Trucks :


Your double goal in selling Chevrolet trucks is to make a profit and to build customer good will so they will think first of you when again in need of new trucks. The SILVER BOOK IS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE BOTH OF THESE AIMS.

The SILVER BOOK provides you with a vast fund of information about the special equipment that purchasers need to enable a truck to satisfactorily perform a particular job. It tells you about the equipment itself, who manufacturers it, and where it may be obtained.

See the Guide to ’60-’66 Chevy Truck Manuals in the Tech Tips section at the Stovebolt page for more details about what information the Silver Books contain.


Motor Truck Repair Manuals

Another source of repair information are the Motor brand Truck Repair manuals which are found online or at swap meets. These manuals were written for and used by the independent repair shops back in the day. They have a lot of great information in them, exploded views for assembly’s, etc.. These are not in reprint, but you can find them for sale online or at swap meets, or even in used book stores and on used book seller web sites.


dedicated old Chevy/GMC truck websites and forums

The last great source of information for repair or parts swap information are the truck forums and dedicated truck websites. The sites with forums on them, you can visit, register a user name and ask & answer questions about old trucks. In this way you have contact with a much larger library of books and people with real world experience. You can also search previous posts for problems found and solved. They are also a great place to connect with old Chevy/GMC truck folks near and far to you.

   These are websites that have information about Chevy Trucks. Some of the sites have Forums for Questions and Answers. Many of the sites have tech articles about identifying old parts, how to replace parts or modify things and so forth.


  •     1960 – 1966 trucks forum
  •      Tech Tips(how to articles)
  •      Engine and Drive line
  •      Suburbans and Panel truck specific forum
  •      Electrical Bay
  •      Links section
  •      Swap Meet
    • trucks for sale / trucks wanted
    • parts for sale / parts wanted
    • literature / memorabilia
  • 1960-1966 Trucks & Vans          Tech Articles
    • Cool Stuff on Ebay and Craigslist forum
  •           Interior forum
  •           Paint and Body
  •           Performance Section
  •           Any and everything Chevrolet ever made is covered here

 
    These websites are specific to the GMC trucks and have information about the differences in hoods, grills, badges and in some cases mechanical things.
 

Van Pershing’s 1960 – 1966 Chevrolet truck “Idea Page’– how to information and pictures on ideas of things to do to your truck.Also, be sure to check out his 1965 C20 Chevrolet Pickup– he has some great tech articles 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

Hilander’s ’60-’66 Chevy Truck website.


Tech articles, wiring diagrams, history & other great information. There are webpages 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, rodstorations & customs all blend together to give you an idea of just how popular these trucks have become in the past few years.
  •     This list contains links to websites done by individual owners for their truck or trucks. These websites have pictures of the trucks, a list of repairs and projects done, want to do, 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.
  • Stovebolt.com – is dedicated to all the Chevrolet/GMC trucks made before 1973. This is part of the website where they store the how to tech articles. They also have an excellent forum for questions and answers.
 
 
The Old Car Manual Project – old car/truck manuals – online and free
 

online old Chevy manual project – complete scans of old obsolete manuals, shop repair manuals, owners manuals, operator manuals… etc..

GM Heritage Center – General Motors started this site to provide information about their older vehicles. If you poke around in The Archive you will find Vehicle Information Kits for lots of vehicles. This information is just a scan of the kits they used to send out with information for your year model. It is handy information to have, however almost if not all of it is gleaned from the shop manuals and sales literature. It is very grainy looking, but it is free and can be handy to have around.


Vintage Chevrolet Club of America A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all Chevrolets.

  •     VCCA chat / which is a forum you can ask and answer questions on
  •     If you are interested in stock/restoration and show quality specs, this is the place to go

Parts Sources

    There are three classes of parts available for the 1960-1966 trucks.

Used

New Old Stock (sometimes listed as: NOS or N.O.S.)

Reproduction

    Used Parts


Used parts are pretty easy to understand, they are parts that have been used on an actual truck that have been removed. This may have been done at a junk or salvage yard or it may have been done by another old truck enthusiast trying to obtain enough parts for his project by parting out non-running trucks. There are often extra pieces to get rid of, so most old truck folks try to find them a happy new home. A lot of used parts can be cleaned up & reused fairly easily, depending on their condition and application.

    New Old Stock (sometimes listed as: NOS or N.O.S.)


New Old Stock parts are pieces that come in a box or wrapped in the original plastic with the General Motors logo on it. These are the parts that you would have bought from the dealership back in the 1960’s -1970’s for your truck if you walked in an needed a part. When dealerships closed or cleaned out their ‘old stock’, old truck folks bought them up. This is why this class of parts are referred to as New Old Stock. The parts are New and have been on a shelf somewhere for over 40 years, but are in fact old stock that was not used. I have been told by retired GM dealer mechanics that were working on these back in the 1960’s and 1970’s that a lot of the new replacement parts from the factory did not always fit ‘as new’ as the saying goes, so be prepared for that possibility.

    Reproduction

    Reproduction parts are newly manufactured parts that have been made to replace the original or N.O.S. parts. Depending on the part of the vehicle, some of these are good quality and work very well. There have been a lot of complaints about bumpers and chrome pieces not being chrome plated enough and rusting fairly quickly, I have in fact seen this myself on some chrome reproduction parts my father bought for his 1953 Chevy truck. The bumpers have been noted also to not be made out of metal that is as thick and in some cases the holes do not line up like they should. This is an area you should research on the old truck forums to find out which reproduction pieces to use and which ones to be wary of.

    NOS, used parts and reproduction parts from old truck parts vendors

An article and list of where and how to find used pre-1973 GM truck parts.

The Chevrolet & GMC Truck Parts Vendors List

    my semi-famous Chevy/GMC Truck Parts Vendors List. Most of the parts vendors listed here sell parts for old Chevrolet and GMC trucks made from 1917 to sometime in the 1970’s or 1980’s.

Links section at Stovebolt.com – has links to parts, lists of books, links to lots of other information… over 750 links all about trucks, go explore!

    The Resource Pages(websites & forums  dedicated to Chevrolet/GMC trucks)

        These websites generally have sections with used or custom parts for sale.

Make sure to check each sites rules and guidelines about posting ‘parts wanted’ and ‘parts for sale’ ads before you make a post.

Most of the sites have certain areas where the ‘parts wanted’ or ‘parts for sale’ posts are allowed to take place.

Chevy Truck Resource Pages

GMC Truck Resource Pages


Differences Between Chevy/GMC trucks


1960 – 1966 Buyer’s Guide @ Stovebolt.com

Chevy Truck Resource Pages

    These are websites that have information about Chevy Trucks. Some of the sites have Forums for Questions and Answers. Many of the sites have tech articles about identifying old parts, how to replace parts or modify things and so forth.

 

    Explore the sites listed under Chevy Truck Resource Pages:

stovebolt.com

chevytalk.com

are the best sites with forums for finding 60-66 truck information that I am currently aware of. Each site has an area that is specific to the 1960 – 1966 trucks. Each one is free to register for and to post questions and answers on. Each site has it’s own rules about For Sale items, so check the rules before posting those.

 

    There are other useful sites that are relevant to 1960-1966 trucks linked underneath Chevy Truck Resource Pages as well, so check around.


GMC Truck Resource Pages

    These websites are specific to the GMC trucks and have information about the differences in hoods, grills, badges and in some cases mechanical things.


    A bit of a warning about many of the websites linked here. 

    The information posted above requires that you go poke around and look in the nooks and crannies of each web page. The golden nuggets of information that you may be looking for are sometimes buried in the “how-to” technical articles or other weird places on each individual site. A lot of these sites have been up for many years and were created with now outdated software for older browsers by old truck fans who were merely trying to share a little bit of knowledge with others back when the internet got affordable and popular with the masses. There is a lot of great information on these sites, but you have to go get it and spend the time reading, absorbing and understanding it. What can you expect for free?

 

    The best thing to do is to explore each individual site and get a feel for it and the layout. If you find something really great and interesting, you can save the page to your computer*. That way, you can always find it later. Once you get a feel for each page, then it is like looking in a certain book for a piece of information and you know where it is likely to be.

 

    Read ’em on a rainy day,

 

                    -W


* My father tends to print everything out that he finds potentially useful or interesting. Then he sticks it all into a three ring binder or a file folder. This isn’t a bad idea, as the binder doesn’t have to power up like a computer and you can take it with you outside to your truck.

How do you save a web page to your computer?

In Firefox, in the tool bar up at the very top, you click File, then Save Page As, it will ask you where on your hard drive it wants you to save the page. This will save everything on that particular page to your drive. Make sure you have all of the page relevant to the article you were reading saved.

In Internet Explorer, go to the tool bar up top, then to File, then to Save As, then you have a few options of the file type and where to save it on your drive.

Experiment with these options,  then try to open up the files back up with your browser to make sure you get the hang of it.


-W
10/26/2014
Woog Central


1960 – 1966 Tiny Information Section