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1953 chevy 3100 truck could this really have happened?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gilby's garage, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. gilby's garage
    Joined: Oct 12, 2011
    Posts: 380

    gilby's garage

    i saw this truck for sale on that auction site, this guy states that it is super rear and totally original that the chevy script was stampped up side down on the tail gate?

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  2. Got to be a trick. And how would he know? Was he there when it rolled into the dealership in 53?
    Either way, I like it....
  3. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,265

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Probably a Chinese knock-off!! Hahahah!! :rolleyes: :D
  4. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    If it was real, there's no way to authenticate it. Looks like a nice truck, though.
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  5. Brucekoukalaka
    Joined: Sep 16, 2012
    Posts: 137


    :D:D:DMust have been built on a Monday:D:D:D
  6. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,928

    from Dublin, OH

    Anything was possible back then, but would not be likely to have made it to the dealer that way.
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,473


    I think the top and bottom of the tailgate it's self are the same. All you would have to do is swap the side pieces to the opposite sides to be able to install it upside down.
    There used to be a vendor who just sold the sheetmetal part of the tailgate that you took the side pieces off your old tailgate and installed on the sheetmetal piece and it would be real simple to swap sides and have a "factory defect" conversation piece.

    It could have been one of those "bet those sob's will wonder about this one" deals at the factory though.
  8. mike in tucson
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 488

    mike in tucson
    from Tucson

    Maybe it left the factory in Taiwan upside down.....I cant tell if their writing is upside down or not.....Actually, this was not uncommon in the old days when a good welder had some spare time.
  9. gilby's garage
    Joined: Oct 12, 2011
    Posts: 380

    gilby's garage

    like i said this guy says it's factory and very few were produced, i imagine the press operator got fired then it stopped!

    here is his verbage
    Beautifully restored 1953 Chevrolet pickup is a pleasure to look at as well as drive. This vehicle has had a frame-up restoration in 2006 and has been garaged since. It was previously a single owner Montana vehicle with a pampered life; mostly brought out a few times a year for parades, rodeos, celebrations and such. One interesting and very rare feature is the upside down tailgate that came stamped from the factory like that. Very few are known to exist. Interior has been restored as well, new paint, headliner, door panels, seat, etc... additional pictures and/or information are available upon email request.

    and the link
  10. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,015

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    He's either blowing smoke or doesn't have a clue. GM policy hasn't changed in MANY years. Vehicles are inspected by many folks at many stages. Even the transport drivers are responsible for an inspection before and after loading.
    He may be claiming this in jest, but if the seller's really serious I couldn't believe any thing else he says.
  11. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
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    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    The seller is retarded.
  12. jimstro16
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 239


    When I was a kid I worked at a olds dealer. We got an achieva off the truck brand new with the achieva logo on one side of the car and the skylark logo on the other. So the whole built on a Monday or Friday may happen and still roll out of the plant but this was stamped in steel.

    Id say Faked at some point
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  14. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,833


    I don't doubt that that it could be an original gm replacement tailgate that the ends were welded on the wrong sides,
    but I really doubt it made it all the way to the dealership and was sold with it.

    I've seen lots of nos parts that were stamped wrong or unfinished.
  15. very doughtful.
  16. parklane
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 188


    Me think white boy speak with fork tongue. :p:p
  17. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    Looks like an export truck......for down under.
  18. bet the seller wouldn't sign anything stating the fact it was O.E.M.!
  19. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,729

    stuart in mn

    A friend of mine used to work at a GMC dealership, one day they got a new truck delivered off the carrier that had a Chevy tailgate on it.
  20. Bryan G
    Joined: Mar 15, 2011
    Posts: 176

    Bryan G
    from Delmarva

    The only, only way I could possibly think of this getting through the inspection lane would be if GM shipped the trucks with the tailgates uninstalled. Just way too obvious, and way too easy for the dealer to fix it before delivery. I do have a photo of a mid-90s Ford Taurus that was brought in by the local dealer, straight off the carrier. One of the front door moldings was installed upside down, so that "Taurus" was, indeed, on its head. Ford missed it but not the check-in guy at the dealership.
  21. the story is bull! there is no way the assembly line, the factory inspectors, the dealer, and the customer would want to have the letters up side down.
  22. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,143


    Those are import knock offs. I got one several years ago, from Keystone. They are not OEM GM tailgates. They are stamped correctly, just assembled (sides spot welded in) upside down. Seller is full of shit.
  23. green53ford
    Joined: Mar 4, 2009
    Posts: 206

    from Wisconsin

    I worked in a ford dealership in the 60s. There were many goofups in assembly. The worst one i remember was a station wagon that was a ranch wagon on the right side and a country sedan on the left.
  24. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,143


    It's an aftermarket part, just like this guy found out after paint.
  25. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,928

    from Dublin, OH

    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!:rolleyes:
  26. HEAVY100
    Joined: Aug 27, 2011
    Posts: 29


    I saw that auction and i knew it was bs
  27. 50ChevyFrank
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 229


    Of course the letters were not painted a different color when new... Might make it easier to miss during inspection.
  28. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,337


    When I worked at a dealer stuff like this got repaired before it got sold.
  29. Leevon
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    from Nixa, MO

    Yeah what everybody else story. But, I can't decide if it's funny and novel or it says "I bought a cheap, f-ed up tailgate and was too cheap to get another one".

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