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Antique Step Van Identification.

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This van was my Grandpa's old shop truck. I was always told he had an old Metro but after seeing this picture I don't think it is. I cant find anything with that Grill. Any guesses ?
 

Jeff Jamison

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vintage truck mag izine has done a lot of articles on step vans,maybe they posted them on line.I have seen that style before but don't remember what it is.
 

jeff campbell

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i meant : " grumman, maybe even a " wards step van " ? you should get on FB-- " metro,Divco & step van site " lotta looking on there.
 

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Friend figured it out. 1940s GMC
Not sure of the years for the run time on those but we still have a 49 GMC out back. Match's that one to a tee. Our's was a old linen delivery van with a 3 speed on the column. Understand they only made about 300 of them like that . Remember riding in it while sitting on a old chair that'd move around a bit . You'd have to leave the front doors open in the summer. Right side opened like a school bus with the arm on the dash. I'd have to use the handle like the 'oh crap' grips they have today. Those things were very slow, hot and noisy as hell. My dad nicknamed it the 'Ark'...The old style "GMC " letters are on the the chrome plate by the radiator cap . FWIW they also had a wooden/plywood roof center and the updraft carb. Things would pretty much run forever.
 
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