Deluxe trim radiator ornament, standard radiator cap was a plain flat painted cap.
The AZ tag is the original tag when the truck was first registered
Driver side tail light, passenger side light was available as an option. Both the
passenger light and bracket are near impossible to find.
– Body emblem that was attached between door and hood on passenger side. Original
was aluminum and generally throw away when the truck was repainted. This is a Stainless
Steel reproduction that I had made.
– I found a 1939 GMC deluxe heater, when I got the truck it had a 1936 Chevrolet
Super Deluxe heater installed.
Instrument panel showing the five gauges
When I reupholstered the seats, the shop that is local was able to get what Hampton
Coach sells for about half price and is a close match to the original.
The three motor mounts for the engine had to be rebuilt (re-vulcanized) and are unique
for GMC truck only.
When I retired from the Dunedin Florida Fire Dept. in 2003, I started to look for
another truck to have fun with. I had previously restored a 1922 American La-France
Fire Engine for the Fire Department that I worked for, but wanted something much
I started looking for a late 40’s to early 50’s Chevrolet truck.
While searching the Internet I found my current truck, a 1936 GMC T-14 in Queens
Creek AZ. My father in law lived part time close by in Phoenix AZ so he went and
looked at it for me.
After his inspection, I decided to buy the truck and had it shipped back to Florida.
I found out from the seller that he was the second owner of the truck and that the
original owner had bought it new in June of 1936 for $695 and it had been registered
in Pinal County AZ since new. The original owner restored the truck in 1989 and
the second owner had done a few repairs.
The paint and body work was very good when I got the truck, but mechanically it was
in very poor condition. Every seal and gasket leaked, the brakes were shot, the
head had a crack in it, the tires were dry rotted and the wood in the bed was dried
In the last 11 years that I have owned it I have taken care of the above items plus
have rebuilt all of the gauges, replaced the tail gate, re-chromed the radiator ornament,
repainted the wheels, rebuilt the carburetor, rebuilt the fuel pump, replaced the
rear glass and surround, added the passenger side mirror, rewired the tank sending
unit, replaced the 8 volt battery with a 6 volt Optima battery with new battery cables,
replaced the bed wood and strips, replaced the clutch and rebuilt the pressure plate
and reupholstered the seat. I have also had four single action shocks rebuilt and
I had no idea of the significance of this truck until I got it and started to research
more about it.
This was an attempt by GMC to get into the small truck market in a larger way at
the request of their dealers, who were suffering financially due to the Depression.
GMC offered this truck in two versions, Standard and Deluxe with the Deluxe version
having chrome headlights and stands, chrome center grill gars, radiator ornament,
polished stainless hood louvers and chrome hood handles. In addition to that, GMC
also offered a Deluxe Cab option that included a chrome inside rearview mirror, arm
rest on driver side door, chrome windshield frame, sun glare shield, a dome light
and chrome wiper arm. The chrome front bumper was an added cost accessory, also.
The standard color was Murant Green with black fenders, but eleven other colors were
offered either as a single color or two tone.
From what the original owner told me, mine is the original color combination,
Medium Cream and Hollywood Tan, which was a $10.29 option.
There are many similarities with the 1936 Chevrolet FB truck; notability the entire
cab is identical. Although the GMC had its gas tank mounted behind the rear axle,
the seat riser area has the holes for the gas tank and the indent for the gas fill
is on the passenger door. The front fenders, although interchangeable, the GMC had
the spare tire on the driver’s side while the Chevrolet had its spare tire on the
passenger side. This may have been done to let each division have a distinctive appearance.
The dash layout is the same as the Chevrolet; however the GMC had an 80 mph speedometer,
a 0 to 30 ammeter gauge and 0 to 80 PSI oil pressure gauge.
The higher oil pressure gauge was necessitated by the use of an Oldsmobile sourced
engine that had insert bearings and had a full pressure oiling system. The L-head
engine differed from the car version with a different cam, a mechanical advance distributor
and a Zenith carburetor which produced 85 horsepower and 152 Ft.Lbs. of torque.
The front axle, rear axle, steering gear and transmission are identical to the both
the GMC and the Chevrolet, however the GMC’s wheelbase was 126 inches compared to
the 112 inches of the Chevrolet. This was accomplished with an intermediate shaft
from the transmission to a carrier bearing and then the main propeller shaft to the
rear axle. This required two universal joints enclosed in ball housings.
The brake system is identical to both makes with the exception of the longer lines
due to the increase in wheel base of the GMC.
The taillight differed, in that GMC used a Guide R-13 light on the driver’s side;
however the bracket is universal between the GMC and the Chevrolet. The Guide R-13
light was used on large variety vehicles including early 50’s Chevrolet and Pontiac
station wagons with a single taillight and license plate bracket and late 1940’s
Harley Davidson motorcycles.
The other major difference between the two makes was the front end appearance. The
GMC hood side panels had louvers with 5 horizontal bars and “General Motors Truck”
nameplates on each side. The front grill differed from the Chevrolet in that it
had 17 vertical bars. Originally, only the center seven were chromed and the outside
five on each side were painted either body or grill surround color. The original
owner took some poetic license with my truck.
The tailgates on both trucks were the same; with no logo on either, however mine
was severely bent so I got a replacement and opted to get the 1937 version that had
the GMC logo stamped into it.
I also found out after getting this truck, that 1936 was a very bad year for GM due
to a labor strike that lasted for months. Production of this model GMC was limited
to 11,250, of which mine is the 3229 in the production run. 1936 was also, for the
most part, a single year design for GMC. Few items came from 1935 and few items
transferred to 1937.
The following year, 1937 was the start of the merger of the two makes to become more
and more identical year after year.
One of the nicest aspects of owning a truck like this, as any older truck owner will
acknowledge, is the interaction that you have with other people. Old trucks evoke
memories of people or times in their lives that they recall with fondness. Most
people will recall that an older truck was a part of their life in some manner in
the past. Being part of that experience is well worth the time, effort and expense
that I have put into my truck.
Finally I would like to thank quite a few 1936 Chevrolet truck owners that belong
to the VCCA, their knowledge and advice has been a great asset in assisting me in
restoring my truck.
Great lines and showing the mounting of the spare wheel and tire.