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Old March 12th, 2023, 06:15 AM
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Default Re: What color were the wheels originally on my 1962 K1000 Suburban?

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Since I am the second owner of this Suburban, and the original owner was the University of Missouri Geology Dept, I assume and have no reason to believe it wasn't as ordered when I bought it in 1978. It was optioned for life in the field at their field camp in Wyoming when it was ordered. Three rows of seats, 4 sliding windows in back, 4 speed, big oil bath air cleaner, heater, 4WD and 17.5" wheels.

The possibility that the 17.5" wheels were added later is slim. Just kind of improbable in a car pool situation. But maybe the offroad performance or ground clearance was lacking, and a dealer suggested them. They will stay black as they have always been.
The original wheels on the one ton panel that my Dad and I converted into a Suburban where 17.5" white ones. That's Dad in the photo in 1965.
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Old March 12th, 2023, 10:15 AM
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Default Re: What color were the wheels originally on my 1962 K1000 Suburban?

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The original wheels on the one ton panel that my Dad and I converted into a Suburban where 17.5" white ones. That's Dad in the photo in 1965.
Much water under the bridge with GMC between my early 1962 production and 1965. I had never considered that the wheels were added after delivery, but that is possible. Certainly after owning my GMC for 44 years, I'm used to the wheels being black.

I suppose the suggestion is that if you ordered wheels from a GMC dealer after delivery, they were black, but if ordered with the vehicle, they were white? I would imagine that ordering 5- 17.5" wheels with tires at the dealer would have been quite expensive. Then there may have been a hub cap issue if they are different on the 17.5 vs the 15 or 16. No hub caps when I got it in 1978. I'll guess 1962 GMC 4WD 17.5" hub cap sets are rare as hens teeth.

Ed, your dad must have been tall. He sure knew what he wanted in a vehicle, and bought something suitable.

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Old March 14th, 2023, 04:47 PM
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It appears black wheels indicate dealer installed 17.5" wheel option. They've been black during the nearly 45 years I've owned the truck, and it would be weird for them to be white, so black they'll stay. White wheels correct for factory installed option, black wheels correct for dealer installed 17.5" wheel option? Unless for some reason the optional wheels at the factory were black and tires got installed before they were painted.
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Old March 14th, 2023, 09:22 PM
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1961 and a 1962 GMC K1000 panels with the original 17.5s
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Old March 15th, 2023, 05:14 PM
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Default Re: What color were the wheels originally on my 1962 K1000 Suburban?

My stock 17.5 wheels are black.
And about to be re-tired (not retired).
Search for the rims online and you will wish you hadn't thrown the old ones away.
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Old March 15th, 2023, 11:33 PM
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Default Re: What color were the wheels originally on my 1962 K1000 Suburban?

From the GMC 64-66 Data book
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Old March 15th, 2023, 11:37 PM
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N series 1960-1961 Wheel colors
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Old March 17th, 2023, 06:07 PM
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Default Re: What color were the wheels originally on my 1962 K1000 Suburban?

While mounting my new mudgrips yesterday, I discovered that the black wheels I've been looking at for 53 years were originally white.
Why the original owner sprayed them in the truck's first ten years will forever be a mystery.
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