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Old August 18th, 2021, 02:57 AM
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Iím Jake and this is my new to me 1965 gmc stepside



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Lot of work to be done but my main focus is getting a new gas tank and fuel pump on her. I bypassed the fuel system with an electric pump and the engine fired and sounded good. When I first tried to fire her up stupid me poured 4 gallons into the tank and the tank has a rust hole so out with that.
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Old August 18th, 2021, 03:14 AM
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Also, could anyone tell me if my I6 is a 250 or what? Iím not going to pretend I know much about this truck! Iíve only really ever tinkered on old 70s enduro motorcycles when I was stationed in Alaska. Hereís a clue maybe? I look forward to getting some wisdom from you guys! Thanks.



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Old August 18th, 2021, 03:17 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Jake! I'm guessing your title might say your truck is a '65, but you definitely have '66 only grille letters. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old August 18th, 2021, 03:25 AM
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Hey thanks Ed! According to you guys decoding tool itís a 65 or maybe Iím wrong?



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Old August 20th, 2021, 03:34 AM
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welcome to the group!!!! it definitely is a 1965. looks like at one time in it's life the grille may have been replaced--could be the reason it has the squared-off 1966 style of lettering.
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Old August 20th, 2021, 08:15 AM
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you will notice that all the VINs have "F" in the middle. None of them have "D" like yours does.
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You'll see that the first group has "D" (like yours) in the middle. To my way of thinking, this is the evidence you need to prove that you have a '66, not a '65.
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Old August 20th, 2021, 06:36 PM
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Hello there,

Nice truck. Canadian model because of the I6? What are your plans with the truck? Fully restore? Daily driver etc.

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Old August 20th, 2021, 08:54 PM
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I do believe Ed has solved it, 1966 it is! and you say this is a Canadian model? Iíd have to wonder how one got all the way to Alabama. I plan to eventually fully restore it Iím waiting on parts from LMC truck now most notably a new gas tank. The engine runs and sounds just fine I just had to bypass the fuel system with an electric pump tied into the battery feeding fuel directly into the carb. So a new fuel pump is in line and probably going to swap the carb. Any ideas on a new carb guys? The original one these came with are not available on LMC truck. I saw a edelbrock performance carb on LMC how do you gentlemen think it would work on my truck? Iíd think fine but again you all know much more than I and that carb is expensive.
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Nice truck. Canadian model because of the I6? What are your plans with the truck? Fully restore? Daily driver etc.

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Starting in 1964 the inline 6 became the standard engine in GMC pickups, with our favorite engine the V6 becoming optional. And if you look at the last six trucks on this list

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you'll see that the Canadian trucks had a completely different VIN from US trucks. The Canadian trucks were basically Chevy trucks underneath GMC bodies, complete with coil spring rear ends.
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Thanks Ed, I stand corrected.
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