1935 CHEVROLET QD
(Donated to the Museum by Dr. Peter Heinrich)
This 1 ½ ton flat deck Chevy truck was purchase in 1935 by David Heinrich Sr. from Brett’s Chevrolet in Chilliwack.
The truck replaced horse and wagon, hauling hay from his field in Sumas Prairie to his dairy farm in Yarrow. The truck was always sheltered, usually in the barn.
In 1968 he sold it to Hank Martens who, in turn, sold it in 1970 to Vedder Transport.
He gave Vedder the original license plates, bill-of-sale, and yearly registration papers.
Vedder Transport restored the truck, having it painted in its original colours.
In the mid 1970’s Dr. Pete Heinrich bought back his Dad’s truck.
Dr. Heinrich drove the truck in the Yarrows Days Parade every year and was awarded numerous ribbons.
Of the 56,446 QD trucks built in 1935 4,385 were bare chassis and 11,880 were stake trucks, the rest, 39,454 being DLCA model QD with cabs.
26 HP 6 cyl. Gasoline 4 Speed transmission 157 “Wheelbase
Series EB for 1935, 112″ Wheelbase
Available body styles:
1/2 ton pick up, panel, canopy express, suburban, spc, pickup/panel chassis and cab.
Series P 1934 – Series R for 1936 – Series G and S for 1937 with a new body style.
The 1934 1.5 ton truck got a complete makeover after only one year and for the first time none of the sheet metal was from the Chevy automobiles, although similar in appearance. 1934 models were called PA or PB fro the shorter 131 ” wheelbase depending on whether it had singles or dual rear wheels.
Similarly the 157 ” wheelbase models were PC and PD while it’s new engine produced 80 hp.
Other Engine available at this time include the A 181-cubic-inch (3.0 L) (3.3125 x 3.5) version was used by Chevrolet and GMC trucks in 1935 and 1936.
206.8-cubic-inch Chevrolet L6 engine (3.4 L) (3.3125 x 4) variant was used by Chevrolet and GMC trucks in 1934, 1935, and 1936. In 1935 and 1936, GMC and Chevrolet used an Oldsmobile 213 L-head engine. For 1937 and 1938, they used Oldsmobile’s 230 L-head engine.
For 1935 the trucks were Series Q, QA and QB models with 131-inch wheelbase, and QC and QD with 157-inch wheelbase. Outwardly, these two series looked similar.
Interestingly in 1936 a model QA with 131-inch wheelbase reached the summit of Pikes Peak in just over 26 minutes, the fastest passenger car was only 7 minutes faster at that year’s National Hill Climb at Pikes Peak. There was no 1935 event because no one picked up the contract for ownership after it’s original contract expired.
Truck Data Sheet
Commercial Chassis, Commercial Chassis with Cab, Commercial Chassis with Cab and pick up Box. 1/2 ton Series EB 112″ Wheelbase.
Special Commercial Chassis, Commercial Chassis with Panel Body, Special Commercial Chassis with Panel Body 1/2 Ton Series EB 112″ Wheelbase
Utility Chassis-single rear wheels, Utility Chassis with cab-single rear wheels, Utility Chassis with Panel Body-single rear wheels, 1-1/2 ton Series QA 131″ Wheelbase.
Utility Chassis-dual rear wheels, Utility Chassis with cab-dual rear wheels Utility Chassis with stake body-dual rear wheels, 1-1/2 ton Series QB 131″ Wheelbase.
Utility Long Chassis-single rear wheels, Utility Long Chassis with cab-single rear wheels, Utility Long Chassis with dual rear wheels, Utility Long Chassis with cab-dual rear wheels Utility Long Chassis with stake body-dual rear wheels,1-1/2 ton Series QD 157″ Wheelbase.
Vehicle serial numbers:
numbered sequential starting with 1001 and series letters
Inline 6 Overhead Valve, 206.8 cu. in. 5.6 to 1 compression ratio.
3 Main Bearings, Crankshaft weight 69 lbs.
Carburetor: 1-1/4″ Carter Down Draft
Max brake horse power 68.5 @ 3200 rpm
Max Torque 150 Ft. Lbs. @ 1,000 to 1,400 rpm
Radiator shell material: G.M.C. 1010 steel
On the Special Commercial Chassis, the front of grille chromium plated with painted surround to match hood.
Commercial and Utility trucks grille completely painted to match hood.
Commercial: 3 forward and 1 reverse.
Utility: 4 forward and 1 reverse.
Power take off available on the Utility models.
Steering Gear; Semi Reversible Worm and Sector .
3.03 turns lock to lock.
Turning diameter: Commercial 38 feet
Long wheelbase models up to 56 1/2 feet.
Gasoline Tank Capacity:
Commercial 16 gallons
Utility 17 gallons
Made of G.M.C. #1025 H. R. Pressed Steel
Overall Length: Commercial 5-3/4″ height 164″ Utility 188-1/4 inches to 214 1/4 inches 7 inches height
Reverse Elliot – Modified I Beam Section
Road Clearance: Commercial 8-3/4 “
Utility 10 1/2 “
Pressed Steel Housing – Semi Floating
Ratio: 4.111 to 1 Commercial
5.428 to 1 or 6.166 to 1 Utility
Wheels: Commercial Wire
Utility Pierced Type Disc
4 wheel Drum brakes
3-1/2″ Round shank Screw Driver
6″ combination Pliers
10 oz. Ball pein(sic) Hammer
9″ Adjustable Auto Wrench
Open End Wrench
Spark Plug Wrench
Tire Changing Iron
Hand Tire Pump
2,500 lb Capacity Jack – Commercial
3,500 lb. Capacity Jack – Utility
Price list of Accessories in 1935
Right Side Mirror bracket $0.50
Extension running Board, $2.50 for 157″wheelbase, $2.75 for 131″ wheelbase
Rear Fenders: $6
Tow Hooks: $3.25
Info from manual found at