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    dave
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    Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    Thanks.

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    Sunset
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    > Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    > Thanks.


    Not really. Just the grilles and emblems. Interior trim levels may be
    different depending on what options are ordered but other than that
    they are the same. The model split was in 96. Parts from 79-95 are
    mostly the same except for the headlights and trim. From 96 and up they
    are different. 79-95 were all unibody and the 96 and up are back to
    body on frame.

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    Jonathan
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    Whoa Nelly!

    I owned both a 1988 and a 1995 Chevy C1500 pick up in their due time and I
    can assure you with complete confidence that neither of these vehicles were
    a unibody design. Both were body-on-frame completely. The body style and
    construction varied little from 1988 through 1998 with the exception of
    changes in the front grille and headlights throughout the years,
    improvements and changes in the motors, and a major interior revamp in 1995.

    In fact, both the Chevy and GMC sister trucks were body-on-frame all the way
    back to 1979 and before. To the best of my knowledge GM never built a
    light-duty truck that was completely unibody with the exception of some of
    the later minivans, but I'm a snob enough not to consider those as "real"
    trucks! Even the single-body designs like the Avalance, Suburban, Tahoe,
    etc. all have full frames.

    Cheers - Jonathan

    "Sunset" <csr684..........m> wrote in message
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    > dave wrote:
    >> Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > Not really. Just the grilles and emblems. Interior trim levels may be
    > different depending on what options are ordered but other than that
    > they are the same. The model split was in 96. Parts from 79-95 are
    > mostly the same except for the headlights and trim. From 96 and up they
    > are different. 79-95 were all unibody and the 96 and up are back to
    > body on frame.
    >

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    Mike Levy
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    >>> Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    >>> Thanks.

    >>
    >> Not really. Just the grilles and emblems. Interior trim levels may be
    >> different depending on what options are ordered but other than that
    >> they are the same. The model split was in 96. Parts from 79-95 are
    >> mostly the same except for the headlights and trim. From 96 and up they
    >> are different. 79-95 were all unibody and the 96 and up are back to
    >> body on frame.
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    Jonathan
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    Greetings,

    Pick-ups and vans in that era shared common chassis, suspensions and drive
    trains. There was a redesign of the sheet metal for the full size vans in
    1996 to a slightly larger, more "aero" look which at the time I thought was
    several years overdue, but both pre-96 and post-96 full size vans all had
    frames.

    So what cargo vans did GM produce under either the Chevy or GMC nameplates
    that were unibody between 1979 and 1995? All of their half, three-quarter
    and one-ton cargo vans were body-on-frame, as were the smaller
    Astro/Safari's. The minivans that GM produced like the Lumina APV, Olds
    Silhouette, etc. weren't "cargo vans" (and obviously didn't date back to
    1979), although they were unibody, and the larger box vans (bread trucks and
    delivery trucks and such) were all body-on-frame as there is no benefit to
    making something that big a unibody design.

    Cheers - Jonathan

    "Mike Levy" <blue2kzr2@..........> wrote in message
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    > On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 17:26:27 GMT, "Jonathan"
    > He was talking about the vans, not the pickups.
    >
    >>
    >>"Sunset" <csr684..........m> wrote in message
    >>news:1131941763.077324.116920@f14g2000cwb.google gro...........
    >>> dave wrote:
    >>>> Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    >>>> Thanks.
    >>>
    >>> Not really. Just the grilles and emblems. Interior trim levels may be
    >>> different depending on what options are ordered but other than that
    >>> they are the same. The model split was in 96. Parts from 79-95 are
    >>> mostly the same except for the headlights and trim. From 96 and up they
    >>> are different. 79-95 were all unibody and the 96 and up are back to
    >>> body on frame.
    >>>

    >>

    >

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    Lynn
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    Wrong. In the 1950's, they were different. The GMC was a premium
    truck. Today they are the same.

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    Lynn
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    Oh, things like Pontiac engines with pressure lubrication instead of
    Chevy engines with splash lube. Longer frames for the bigger engine.
    HydraMatic 4 speed automatic transmissions instead of 2 speed
    PoweGlides. Quad headlights instead of two. There is much to learn so
    why not do a Google search on the subject?

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    Mike Powers
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    I remeber in about 54 or 55 GMC had a v-6 for pickups whereas Chev still
    used the stove bolt 6. But in those
    days many GM divisions had their own engines and transmissions. look at the
    Chev, Buick and Oldsmobile
    350 V-8s.

    "Charles Bendig" <rarepartshunter..........m> wrote in message
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    > Elbert wrote:
    >> On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 10:11:50 -0600, Elbert
    >> <elbert.clarke@**adelphia.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>On Sun, 13 Nov 2005 21:47:26 -0600, Fast1970Vette@.......... (dave)
    >>>wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>Are there any differences mechanically or body wise between the two ?
    >>>>Thanks.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>from day one to the present the drive line on gmc and chev vehicles

    >>
    >>>are identical. I understand there are some minor differences in the
    >>>body and interior.
    >>>--
    >>>Elbert Clarke
    >>>elbert.clarke@**adelphia.net
    >>>remove ** to email

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I stand corrected. I don't know what the magic year cutoff was when
    >> as I see from other postings where apparently GMC had its own specific
    >> engines / transmissions. My comments were directed to the pickup
    >> market (I did not write that in my above post, but that's what I was
    >> referring to) , and my comments may be wrong there too. I do know that
    >> in the 1/2 3/4 and 1 ton trucks going back a few decades there has
    >> been the same engines and drive line for the Chevy and gmc trucks.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Elbert Clarke
    >> elbert.clarke@**adelphia.net
    >> remove ** to email
    >>

    >
    > In light duty trucks from 1967 up Chevy & GMC have pretty much been
    > identical. Light duty being all trucks up to a C-40/C-45.
    > The 67 to 72 body style the GMC's came with more options as stanard
    > equpiment. GMC did have a few GMC only things in those years, but not that
    > much. 73 to 87 Trucks are pretty much trim & grills, plus GMC stamped on
    > tailgates. 88 up C/K trucks the differances are even less.
    >
    > GMC's may have different Options Packages compaired a Chevy.
    > Such as my buddies 71 3/4 ton 4x4. 307 V8, 3+Low (granny gear)
    > transmission. Power Disk Brakes, 1 ton axles (factory installed), factory
    > wood floor bed. Most Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4's of that year would have had front
    > Drum Brakes, and lighter duty axles (3/4 ton), as well as a metal bed
    > floor.
    >
    > When you get in to medium duty trucks from the 50's to the 80's they were
    > more differances between the brands. Although I have seen 50's & 60's
    > Chevy Medium Duties with the GMC 305 V6. That's not a Type-o. They made a
    > Medium Duty ONLY 305 V6! It's a Gasoline engine. Next to impossible to
    > find parts for.
    > Charles

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