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1967-1972 Model Differences

Chevrolet 1/2 Ton  Pickup Trucks

For identification purposes the 1967 through 1972 Chevrolet 1/2 pickup trucks can be divided into three groups.  These three groups are each comprised of 2 model years.  Each 2-year group is similar in appearance and different from the other 2-year groups.  The groups and their most distinguishing characteristics are -- 

1967 and 1968
-Low angle hood front
-Large rectangular grille openings 
1969 and 1970
-Steep angle hood front with bowtie
-Aluminum grille bar
1971 and 1972
-Steep angle hood front with no bowtie
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Egg-crate grill with bowtie

The characteristics that distinguish one year from the other within the 2-year groups are detailed in the following table. The bullets to the left of each photo list the major visual characteristics for that year.  The narrative below each model year describes some of the different trim levels and equipment options for that model year.  The narratives do not detail all of the numerous trim levels and equipment options that were possible, they only serve to point out the major model differences.

1967

3Small Standard Rear Window
3"Chevrolet" Hood Letters
3Low Angle Hood Front
3Rectangular Grille Opening
3Bowtie In Center of Grille
3Parking Lights in Grille
3No Side Markers
3Bowtie Fender Emblems

The 1967 model came in either short or long wheelbase with a stepside or fleetside box.  In the stepside, a wood bed  floor is standard.  In the fleetside, a steel bed floor is standard and a wood bed floor is optional.  Several trim levels are available.  The top-of-the-line CST model has lower bright trim installed at lower body line.  Standard engines are a 250 cubic inch 6 cylinder or a 283 cubic inch V8.  Optional engines are a 292 cubic inch 6 cylinder or a 327 cubic inch V8.  The pickup has a hand operated parking brake and drum brakes front and rear. 

1968

3Large Rear Window
3"Chevrolet" Hood Letters
3Low Angle Hood Front
3Rectangular Grille Opening
3Bowtie In Center of Grille
3Parking Lights in Grille
3Front and Rear Side Markers
3Bowtie Fender Emblems

The 1968 model is almost identical to the 1967 pickup.  The most obvious difference is the addition of side markers front and rear to comply with new traffic safety laws.  The side markers in 1968 where only reflectors, not actual lights.  The small rear window is discontinued.   Some models have both upper and lower side trim.  The CST models have bright trim surrounding front grille and headlamp area.  The standard 283 cubic inch V8 was replaced by a 307 cubic inch V8.  The 327 cubic inch V8 was still available, along with the new 396 cubic inch V8.  The 1968 model still has a hand operated parking brake and drum brakes front and rear. 

1969

3Bowtie in Center of Hood Front
3Steep Angle Hood Front
3Aluminum Grille Bar with
    Parking Lights and "Chevrolet" 
3Parking Lights in Grille

3
Front and Rear Side Marker Lights

3Plastic "Egg-Crate" Inner Grille
3Model/Series Fender Emblems 

The totally redesigned grille and the steep hood front distinguishes the 1969 model from the previous year's models.    Unlike the 1968 models, the side markers in 1969 where lighted.  The optional 327 cubic inch V8 was replaced by the 350 cubic inch V8. Upper and lower body trim was an option.  The lower body trim had black banding on the Custom models and woodgrain banding on the CST models.  The parking brake was changed from hand operated to foot operated but the brakes are still drum front and rear.

1970

3Bowtie in Center of Hood Front
3Steep Angle Hood Front
3Aluminum Grille Bar with
    Parking Lights and "Chevrolet" 
3Parking Lights in Grille
3Horizontal Fins on Inner Grille
3Model/Series Fender Emblems 

The 1970 model is virtually identical to the 1969 model.  The only visual difference is the appearance of the  plastic inner grille.  The "egg-crate" inner grilles are identical in design on both the 1969 and 1970, but a different paint scheme makes them appear different.   The graphic on the right illustrates the different paint schemes.  The 396 cubic inch V8 was replaced with the 402 cubic inch V8 (called the 400).  This is also the first model year to offer an optional tilt steering wheel.  The 1970 model still has drum brakes front and rear.

1971

3Bowtie in Center of Grille
3Steep Angle Hood Front
3"Egg-Crate" Grille
3Parking Lights in Bumper
3Horizontal Fins on Inner Grille
3Model/Series Fender Emblems

 

The two most visually distinctive features of the 1971 model are the  new "egg-crate" grille and the parking lights in the front bumper.  The bowtie emblem is relocated from the hood to the center of the grille.   The anodized aluminum surrounding the grille has a black stripe.  The top trim package is now called "Cheyenne" rather than CST.  1971 was the first year for front wheel disk brakes.

1972

3Bowtie in Center of Grille
3Steep Angle Hood Front
3"Egg-Crate" Grille
3Parking Lights in Bumper
3Horizontal Fins on Inner Grille
3Model/Series Fender Emblems

 

Viewed from the outside, the only two visual differences between the 1971 and 1972 models are the rearview mirror is now glued to the windshield and there is no black stripe around the grille.   Internal differences include a new door panel design and the addition of a strengthening screw on the inside of the door below the vent window division bar.

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