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Advance Design Truck Identification

The serial number consists of a group of numbers and letters which indicate the assembly plant, the model year, the series, the month of assembly,
and the number of units (plus 1000) assembled at that plant.

 EXAMPLE – 3SKB19943

 3-SK-B-19943 indicates that the truck was assembled at St. Louis.  1949 model, Series 4400,
built in February, and was the 18,943rd truck of the 4400 series built at that plant.

    3                           SK                          B                               19943

Assembly Plant Symbol & Series Month Unit Number
1.  Flint GJ — 1500 A — January Each series separately numbered

in sequence, starting with 1001,

at each plant.  (this number not

necessary for chassis classification.)

2.  Tarrytown GK — 2000 B — February
3.  St. Louis GP — 3100 C — March
5.  Kansas City GR — 3600 D — April
6.  Oakland GT — 3700 E — May
8.  Atlanta GS — 3800 F — June
9.  Norwood GU — 3900 G — July
14.  Baltimore SJ — 4100 H — August
20.  Los Angeles SK — 4400 I — September
21.  Janesville SL — 4500 J — October
SP(S) — 5100 K — November
SR (S) — 5400 L — December
SS(S) — 5700
SV(S) — 6100
SW(S) — 6400
SX — 6700

 
1947 2ND SERIES

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
EJ 116 1500 Passenger (Stylemaster)
EK 116 2000 Passenger (Fleetmaster & Fleetline)
EP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
ER 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
ES 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
QJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
QK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
QL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
QV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
QW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
QX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
QP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
QR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
QS(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1948

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
FJ 116 1500 Passenger (Stylemaster)
FK 116 2100 Passenger (Fleetmaster & Fleetline)
FP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
FR 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
FT 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

FS 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
FU 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

RJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
RK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
RL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
RV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
RW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
RX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
RP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
RR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
RS(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1949

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
GJ 115 1500 Passenger (Special)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

GK 115 2100 Passenger (Deluxe)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

GP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
GR 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
GT 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

GS 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
GU 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

SJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
SK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
SL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
SV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
SW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
SX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
SP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
SR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
SS(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1950

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
HJ 116 1500 Passenger (Special)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

HK 116 2100 Passenger (Deluxe)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

HP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
HR 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
HT 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

HS 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
HU 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

TJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
TK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
TL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
TV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
TW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
TX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
TP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
TR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
TS(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1951

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
JJ 116 1500 Passenger (Special)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

JK 116 2100 Passenger (Deluxe)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

JP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
JR 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
JT 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

JS 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
JU 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

UJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
UK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
UL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
UV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
UW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
UX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
UP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
UR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
US(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1952

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
KJ 116 1500 Passenger (Special)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

KK 116 2100 Passenger (Deluxe)

Stylemaster & Fleetline

KP 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
KR 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
KT 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

KS 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
KU 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

VJ 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
VK 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
VL 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
VV(S) 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
VW(S) 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
VX 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
VP(S) 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
VR(S) 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
VS(S) 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

 

1953 – 1955 1st

Symbol Wheel Base Series Type of Vehicle
A 115 1500 Passenger (One Fifty)
B 115 2100 Passenger (Two Ten)
C 115 2400 Passenger (Bel Air)
D 115 1508 Sedan Delivery
H 116 3100 Commercial ½ Ton Truck
J 125 ¼ 3600 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck
K 125 ¼ 3700 Commercial ¾ Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

L 137 3800 Commercial 1 Ton Truck
M 137 3900 Commercial 1 Ton Truck

(Double Duty)

Forward Control Delivery Chassis

N 137 4100 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
P 161 4400 Utility 1 ½ Ton Truck
R 161 4500 Utility School Bus Chassis
V 137 6100 Utility 2 Ton Truck
W 161 6400 Utility 2 Ton Truck
X 179 6500 Utility 2 Ton Truck
Y 199 6700 Utility School Bus Chassis
Z 212 6800 Utility School Bus Chassis
S 110 5100 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
T 134 5400 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE
U 158 5700 Utility 2 Ton Truck, COE

REFERENCES:
1949 Chevrolet Truck Data Book
1951 Chevrolet Truck Data Book
Chevs of the 40’s

NOTE 1: In my Chevrolet Truck Data Books, Model 2100 is listed as model 2000.  I’m not quite sure which one is correct.  I got model 2100 from the reference Chevs of the 40’s provided.  If the is a mistake, please let me know.

NOTE 2:  I don’t have a data book for the 1954-55 1st series and am going by what Chevs of the 40’s lists.  If this is in error, please let me know.