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1975 1/2 Gmc Jimmy ,Chevy Blazer..??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ike, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. ike

    ike Registered Member

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    I just bought a 1975 1/2 GMC Jimmy..The year on the Title says 1975 but it's a halftop..with a 6 in the vin..Is this a uncommon?
    Is the GMC Jimmy the same as the Chevy Blazer as far as mechanics parts ect...?
    Where's the place to get new springs and steering parts....Im in Orange CA...? Any good local fwd clubs here? Thanks......
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Where was it originally titled ?

    There were never any half year models . Even the 64 1/2 Mustang is titled a 65 in most states . Hell the new car models are alway out early nowadays . Musta been a 76 titled as a 75 ............. or , you got a bogus truck .
     
  3. ike

    ike Registered Member

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    More on the vin 75 1/2 1975 halftop

    Says 1975 for the year model on the title...First year it was registered is 1978...The vins match the paperwork...
    I was told buy the seller (who also ended up being a highschool buddy...small world)
    He thought that the truck might have been a early 76 that was issued its papers as a 75..
    he also thought the dealer might have driven the car with dealer plates then sold the truck in 78...
    The sellers dad bought the truck in the early 80's
    The last DMV reg. papers issued read " Smog Exempt " ..(1975 is the cut-off year in CA )
    I read somthing about this 1/2 year ..75 halftop on the net a while back....Im wondering if anyone has ran across it.....

    Is a Jimmy the same as a Blazer???

    Thanks
     
  4. ike

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    More on the 1/2 year

    I just found the web site regarding this ...Hope it's OK to post it here
    http://www.slosh.com/cars/blazer.html

    Anyway here is a paragraph from the site

    "Please note that all years given are "model years", which often have little to do with the passage of time on a calendar. Historically, consumer car manufacturers introduce new models in the summer of the year prior, which are sold in quantity by fall (i.e. my 1974 Blazer would have debuted in late 1973). This is not always the case, particularly for the GMC subsidiary (medium duty trucks, a big part of GMC's business, are generally sold by real date of manufacture, and not by any artificial 'model year') so please don't mail-bomb me complaining. Also, some states register vehicles by year of actual manufacture or sale, rather than the (again, artificial) model year, so you may have a "1976" Blazer with no roof or a "1975" with a roof. Use any one of the on-line VIN decoders -- Chuck has a good one -- to discover the actual model year of your truck."
     
  5. OrangeCrushK10

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    yes, the GMC Jimmy and Chevy Blazer are the same. Although I think that GMC tended to make more towards tho commercial market where as Chevy was more consumer based.

    I may be wrong since I've never actually looked at the production numbers but it seems I see more diesel GMC's than Chevy's.
     
  6. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    production years begin in october.. if the stamped production date is the 10th, 11th or 12th month, it is the following year.. months 1 thru 9 will be the year stamped..
     
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    !975 Gmc Jimmy Halfcab

    Just checked my vin plate....stamped production date 8-75.....and its a halfcab....Is this uncommon?
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    the 10 month rule is the be all, end all when it comes to that.. so your a 75.. don't know much about those transition yrs.. oldest i've had was a 77...
     
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    That is not true. It is very common for the automakers to release a model mid-year (July or August, sometimes sooner) and have it be the following calendar year model year.
     
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    well, i had never heard of that... we had to check production dates on thousands of cars coming into our bodyshop and thats what i was always told, and found to be accurate.. its how you properly check paint codes..

    maybe something they started in the last decade or so? as of the late 80's, i never saw it...
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Don't worry, he's a long time member here.
     
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    Damn, I'm famous :D

    And ike, thanks for posting -- saves me the trouble.

    Model years *traditionally* started around September, Back In The Day, but now can be almost anything, as the manufacturers play games with model years for advertising, and also for economy and emissions. I remember one year Ford sold so many Exploders and not enough Escorts, that they brought out the next year's model IN FEBRUARY. :screwy: :ignore: Hopefully the next year they forecasted better or shoved more Escorts down people's throats.

    As for the original poster, remember that GM wouldn't have known EXACTLY when they'd run out of parts, including bodies and tops, so they used up their old (full-vert) stock, and when it was gone, they started using the new (half-cab) parts, regardless of what month it was!

    You can run the VIN on a decoder (I have one :) )

    http://brochures.slosh.com and choose VIN decoder on the left

    to see what year GM *claimed* it was to the Feds.

    Oh and yes, save minor trim differences, a Blazer and a Jimmy were the same thing.

    -- A
     
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    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I'd say you lucked out big time. I bought my 76 because I didn't want a full top off and anticipating the rolling 30 yr. smog exemption. Low and behold they changed the laws after I bought it. I would love to have a full cab Blazer with a smog exemption.
     
  14. ike

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    1975 Halfcab

    Yes..It is great....We are looking forward to some fun on the trails....and off them
     

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