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1951 GMC

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Owner: Thomas Albers

1951 gmc pick up truck

This 1951 GMC is a family original. My father bought it new from the local GMC dealer in Fort Benton, Montana and has stayed with us ever since. For years this pickup was used to drive from town, to our farm and back daily.

In the mid 1960’s my father converted it to a farm service truck to haul fuel to the tractors and combines in the field. He mounted a PTO drive off the back and ran an air compressor and also mounted a second generator on the engine with a converter so he could run power equipment in the fields. My father was a very ingenious farmer and there was not much he could not do off this service pickup. This was the first vehicle that my brothers, sister and I learned to drive in the 1960s thanks to the patience of our mother and father. In 1990 my brother -in-law hauled the pickup to Miles City, Montana so I could begin a two year restore on it. The pickup had been sitting in a covered shed for years and was in very good shape with the exception of mice in the cab. The engine and complete drive train are original and I have done only minor repairs thanks to my father’s good maintenance habits on the pickup. I would like to point out that the color of the pickup is the original scheme and was matched to the firewall (that did not need to be painted). Then in the mid 1990’s I taught my son and daughter to drive in this same pickup by going out to the fairgrounds and letting them drive on the roads. During the restoration I counted on and bought a lot of parts from Jim Carter as well as getting some advice from time to time. They were invaluable to me and I thank them for helping save so many “never to be forgotten memories” for our family.

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1941 Chevrolet

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Owner: Jim Arrabito

1941 chevrolet pick up truck

In Feb 2005 I purchased my 1941 Chevrolet pickup off web site DealsonWheels.com. The truck was located in Sacramento, California. I live north of Seattle so I purchased a one way plane ticket to California. Upon arrival, two days later, I finally get to see the 41, stuffed in a small garage with boxes all around. Oil checks good, fill up low front tire, shake hands & turn over $$$. The previous owner shows me what is what. I’m now sitting in the seat, asking myself ” what just happened ? Oh yea, drive me home. I’ve got AAA”.

On the road in California I couldn’t ask for a better ‘ American Graffiti ‘ weekend. I got the value of the purchase price in that 1st Road Trip, plus the bed was filled with spare parts and boxes of parts. 1200 miles NO Problem, except that 80 mph speeding ticket ( “80 in a 41 ‘ really means something). back home I’ve spent the last year, fixing everything, from re-welding suspension, new bushings, shocks, radiator rebuild, ADDING wipers, bumpers, Cragar wheels, relocating battery, gas tank and Painting.

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1972 GMC

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Owner: Johnny Patterson

1972 gmc pick up truck

Maych is a 1972 GMC Sierra Grande 1/2 ton pickup. He is named for my father, Martin Hamilton Patterson. I was 2 years old when my father died in an automobile accident, so I never really knew him. But for as long as I can remember, when friends or relatives spoke of my father they would always call him Maych. It was not until I was a teenager that I learned Maych was not my father’s given name but was what a youngster heard when his initials, M. H., were spoken with the sweet southern accent of my youth.

Maych has won numerous awards including “Best Chevy Truck” — what can I say, they didn’t have a trophy for “Best GMC Truck”. Maych even has his own web site (http://www.pattson.com/maych) where I’ve chronicled his restoration from day 1 until the present, including costs.

One of the first items I purchased when I began Maych’s restoration was a set of new seat covers from Jim Carter. Even though they were practically the last item to be installed, the seat covers were such an exact match to the originals, I wanted to have them on-hand in case Jim Carter decided to quit carrying them.

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1936 GMC

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Owner: Pat Kroeger

1936 gmc pick up truck

I bought my 1936 GMC T-14 from the second owner in Arizona in 2003. It was restored in 1989 by the original owner who bought it in June of 1936 and the truck has been in Arizona since new until I bought and had it shipped to Florida.

I have rebuilt the brake system, replaced the bed wood and I am going to replace the tires this spring. The head has a crack in it and it is going to be replaced in a few weeks.

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1955 Chevrolet Deluxe

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Owner: Travis Goggans

1955 chevrolet deluxe pick up truck

A few months after the introduction of their 1954 trucks, GM announced a new model with more deluxe features. Korean was shortages were over and the average American had more disposable income. Buyers were already ordering the many options on automobiles, so General Motors knew at least a small market existed for a well appointed pickup truck. With the limited investment of color changes, different seat fabric, added chrome, and a few options becoming standard, Chevrolet had their deluxe model.

After fifty years few true deluxe 1954-55s survived but our feature truck of the month is one of these. The owner is Travis Goggans of Norman, Oklahoma. It recently received a ground-up restoration and Travis has replaced or repaired most all of those special features.

The following pictures show Travis’s 1955 deluxe in Mariner Blue with Bombay Ivory top. The matching upgraded two tone interior is just like it came from the factory.

This truck is a work of art. Probably even higher in quality than when new!

A few other 1954 accessories that are installed by the dealer are the full wheel covers, heater, radio, front bumper guards, clock, eagle hood ornament, and cigarette lighter.

The whitewall tires would have been provided by a non-Chevrolet supplier.

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1949 Chevrolet Thrift Master Panel Delivery

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Owner: Mark Esposito

1949 chevrolet thrift master panel delivery truck

The attached photos are of my 1949 Chevrolet Thrift Master Panel Delivery Truck. It was restored/ modified about twelve years ago but still looks pretty darn good thanks to the quality parts that Jim Carter supplies. This truck sits on a Chevelle front clip and differential. The engine is a Chevrolet crate 350 with 330hp and the trany is a TH350. She rides on 15″ steel police style chrome wheels. The interior has comfy gray tweed to match the Chrysler dove gray exterior paint. Within the interior there are classic “bow ties” to honor the Chevrolet heritage.

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1940 Chevrolet

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Owner: Clyde Johnson

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Featured this month is a rare 65 year old truck was saved from an unknown destiny almost 35 years ago. The survival rate of this style 1940 Chevrolet pickup is very low because they are rated 3/4 ton. Heavier demands were placed on almost all non-1/2 ton pickups and most were just ‘used up.’

This beauty still lives because it was first owned by the Walnut Grove, Missouri Volunteer Fire Department (near Springfield) and saw duty during occasional fires in the small community. Much of its life it set in the town fire station ready for emergency calls. This is probably why only 26,000 now show on the odometer. It carried ladders, hoses, and related fire equipment as well as firemen. Usually it followed near the larger town fire truck.

The person responsible for the rebirth of this classic older 3/4 ton is Clyde Johnson of Independence, Missouri. He purchased it un-restored from a neighbor in the 1970’s for $200. It was to give his 16 year old son, Larry, something different, dependable, and ‘not fast’ to drive to high school. It came to be Larry’s main local transportation for several years. But then Clyde got it back after graduation. A total restoration was always a consideration but family responsibilities kept it on a ‘someday’ to do list.

It was over thirty years later that Clyde got serious about giving the little 3/4 ton the ground-up restoration it so badly needed. His four children were on their own and he had just retired after many years as a machinist training instructor.

Once the restoration began, Clyde averaged 20 hours per week, 25 most all was done by him personally. He disassembled it to the bare frame and then began building it back and restoring each piece. To make it look less like a fire truck and more as a civilian truck, he removed the spotlight, siren, ladder brackets and a very large steel plate rear bumper where fireman stood on the way to a fire.

It now looks like a 1940 Chevrolet truck as it left the factory. The correct red, black fenders and running boards plus rebuilt mechanicals and new chrome makes it a real ‘traffic stopper.’ It still has it’s 216 six cylinder engine, 4 speed transmission and ¾ ton differential. Yes, 55 miles per hour is about its limit.

Clyde’s enjoyment with his little red truck has increased even more since the restoration three years ago. He has become very active in the local Kansas City Genuine Chevrolet/GMC truck club. He and his little red truck are seen regularly at local shows, driving events, and cruise night drive-ins.

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1934 Chevrolet

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Owner: Steve Sickler

1934 chevrolet truck

I would like to submit a picture of my 1934 Chevy 1 1/2 ton truck for your feature trucks gallery. It has been a Pennsylvania truck since new. It started life as a produce truck in Dallas Pennsylvania, about 6 miles from where we live. After 72000 miles and a couple of owners I purchased the truck about 3 years ago. My son and I have the 1934 to where it road worthy and looking look. A number of parts for the work came from Jim Carter.

Steve Sickler

1969 Chevrolet C20

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Owner: Glenn Sexton

1969 chevrolet pick up truck

I recently obtained this 69 C20 as an inheritance. The previous owner bought parts from Jim Carter Classic Truck Parts. It’s all original with a 350 and automatic. I’ll be redoing the interior as soon as I get previous projects complete. This truck still has the sticker in the glove box that describes the options.

Glenn A Sexton DM
Hayden Station

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1939 Chevrolet

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Owner: Will Peterson, Winnemucca, Nevada

1939 chevrolet pick up truck

I purchased my 39 Chevy in 1973 for 500$US. I drove it in original condition for several years. After 3 wives, it has been the only thing I could hold onto. I used it for wood hauling, then with a 600 gal. tank, for water, then in the 80’s, it went mining with me, serving well hauling gold ore down a treacherous road. Finally, it was ready restoration, which started with a new water pump, then a new head gasket, and on and on. I tore it down for a frame off restoration. I sand blasted the frame, checked the 4 speed transmission, installed all new brake stuff, and a clutch replacement. Then I checked out the bottom end of the engine and gave it a new valve job. New glass and upholstery followed and Finally paint and reassemble. It is almost totally original with a 41- 46 stepside pickup bed.

While tearing it down, I removed the top from the non-synchro 4 speed to clear the cab when I pulled the 216. It looked very good gear-wise for all the thrashing it has absorbed. It makes noise in first gear as do all spur cut gears.

The 216 runs pretty good, so I removed the pan and re-shimmed the rods, replaced the seals and gasket. It was so nasty, with rat poop and nesting, old grease and who knows what. No rust though I had a vision of it shiny and clean, like brand new, pulling me back to a simpler time. My wheel base is 158.5 in. but the frame is drilled for 133in. which will put it in long bed pickup box category or short bed with 110 in. That makes it a heavy duty pickup with single wheels at the rear. An Express model..

I bought a good sandblaster and new compressor, and ordered new brake parts, new motor mounts, new cab mount kits from Carters. When I pulled engine and transmission I found really caked on old Saudi oil on it. So I pulled pan and head and side panel, lifters. Next came pistons. The block did not require ridge reaming, and I bought a digital c-clamp for measuring all of this. Bore is standard, as is the crank , so cool. Crank and rods are in good shape, I installed new rings and pistons, the gap on mine is 1/16 in., and the manual calls for .005 to .015, I read 1/32 can be acceptable. I re-shimed rods to .002, using the method the old mechanics used in 1941 manual. After reading the manual, I am lucky to not have to do the crank.

It was interesting to find out how the babbit rods work. The misconception of dipper is that it is a dipper type system for all engine speeds. But actually the dippers only dip at very slow engine speed, as there are nozzles that direct a high pressure stream of oil to the dipper holes when engine is at higher rpm. It is a very good system, misunderstood. Even when one installs replaceable insert type rods in this engine, it is still the same dipper-nozzle type oiling. It really works good if set up properly. I installed an oil filter and detergent type oil is used.

New clutch disc, new rings and pistons, new motor mounts, master and wheel cylinder repair kits were ordered.

Cab work: I removed all the inner panels, only rust on the overhead wiper cover. Very good condition for 66 years old. I removed the dash to redo the gauges. Sorting out all the fasteners, I had to use them as samples. Not one of them was useable. One thing missing was the horn. It is a two tone type, as there is a switch on the dash with city tone or country tone. The next project was the cab and windshield. The windshield was tough, as the lower v-strap was rust-welded in the 377$us frame. I managed to salvage most of it but I had to buy new v straps and glass, repair the frame a bit, and paint over the repairs.

I pulled the dash out with all the wiring, so the cab was now totally stripped. I sand blasted the whole cab and put in sound proofing after interior painting. All the wiring and some of the switches were replaced. I was thinking, “This thing will be like brand new, almost….I know there is an end to it, somewhere down the line…It is just so much fun”. I got a new windshield for 40$us. This was the best deal I got.

New parts from Carter showed up. The crank and rods were just fine. I re-did the shims on the rods according to a 1941 manual. Did not use plastigage, they showed how to get it tight and then loosen by .002 so the rod would just slap back and forth by hand. I removed 003 from each rod bearing. I put the engine back together with new oil tube for rockers, new water pump, valve job, and gaskets.

March 13, 05, I installed the engine, started it without water, ran for about 20 seconds, sounds good…. I got a 1955 stepside bed, 78 in long, with no fenders on it, but with good metal and a tailgate. Fenders from Jim Carter’s go for $250.00 each. I can run it around without rear fenders for awhile anyway. I do plan to get to Hot August Nights in Reno this year. I had to repair the wiper motors and the covers by riveting aluminum sheet over a section of rusted out metal. I then installed new brake lines, all new rubber, brakes are ready now.

Body work is unending sanding. I got new side window, it seems like everything I touch has to be fixed in some way. I decided on sunrise red trim, fenders and running boards brown with the cab and bed Almond. Saw the older Chevy on the front of the Jim Carter’s catalog and was inspired. I installed cab with new mount. The grille had small red remnants in the horizontal lines and the front Chevrolet emblem was red. Evidently it was a decal. Using one color for the big basics unitized the beauty of the 39 design. Brown looks good in the interior.

I ran the motor for 1 hr, all was well after I adjusted the valves. This engine sounds like a new one, with no unusual noises. By this time I was almost done. I installed the interior trim from Carter’s. It looks like a new pickup. Red trim was next. Upholstery was initially a Saddle Blanket type. I installed antifreeze and new side terminal battery on April 7, 05. Now that I was nearly done, it was similar to having a kit car shipped to my garage with all the engineering done. Just put it together. I got a very sound feeling of pride, an appreciation of 10 for the people that created this truck back in 1939.

On April 19, 05. I installed the wiring for the alternator (I kept the original generator ), started it up, charged just fine. I tried to turn it off, no way. Then I remembered reading in Carter’s catalog about a diode to stop that. The alternator provides current at idle to operate the ignition, bypassing the battery. I also installed the hard yellow pine into the bed. I used polyurethane for protection. The bed only has 7 boards, making it a 1946 model, according to Carter’s, and it looks the same as earlier, down to the square nuts used. It is also a wee bit wider than 1939 models. A lot of the bed components were the same from 32 to early seventies. I installed a new glove box from Carter’s, it is made real good and fits super. Red wheels, hard yellow pine bed boards, red hold down strips, were installed and look good. Now , it was time to bleed the brakes, wire up the Chevy taillights. I think it is done. I think I will go for a ride with no license plate but and old 1934 Calif. one I found many years ago. I bet the cops will let me go……

Editors Note: Because many dates were not noted, this article has been edited slightly from the original diary format.

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1938 Chevrolet

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Owner: Dan Sauter

1938 chevrolet pick up truck

I bought my 1938 Chevy truck at an estate sale in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 4,2002. Since that time I have performed a frame off restoration on the truck. The frame and body panels were all blasted to bare metal, and the repainted to their original colors. The metal interior panels including the dash were blast to bare metal and then repainted the original brown with wrinkle heat treat paint supplied by Jim Carter, to give the interior an original look. All the chrome including the grill was sent out to be plated. The master and wheel cylinders were sleeved and rebuild. The engine was is good condition, I got by with cleaning it and painting to original gray and replacing gaskets. Doing everything myself other than machining, plating and upholstery in my free time quickly turned into approximately two years. I still have to install my new kick panels to finish the interior. I have taken it to a couple of shows and get a lot of looks. Everyone asks about the interior, and I tell them it’s Jim Carter magic. Would I do it again? YOU BET!

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1928 Chevrolet

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Owner: Spike & Donalda

1928 chevrolet panel delivery truck

I’m Sending you a picture of my husbands truck. It is a 1928 Chevrolet Parcel Delivery. He did all the restoration himself. It took about 5 years and a lot of traveling to find parts. We take in our local parades. We would like to know if you or anyone has seen a truck like this!! We have traveled a lot and visited many museums. We have never seen one. I hope you enjoy the photos. We really enjoy our truck.

Have a good day
Donalda & Spike
Fenwick Ontario, Canada

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1955 Chevrolet

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Owner: John Carlton

1955 chevrolet pick up truck

I have owned this truck since 1970, using it for fun and everyday use. Jim Carter’s used parts have been a life saver for this old baby. All of the restoration has been only to maintain, repair or replace with original or original-reproduction parts.

1954 Chevrolet

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

Owner: Dale Current

1954 chevrolet pick up truck

When I started this truck in 2000 the first thing I did was send for a Jim Carter catalog, after seeing the ad in Hemmings. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the truck when I started. This was the second 1954. The first one had been wrecked and had a pieced together frame so it became a parts truck. After going through the catalog, parts availability told me I could make a new truck out of this one because it was complete and not too much rust. This one is a ¾ ton with a 6900 GVW. It has a 4 speed with a 4.57 rear axle.

The engine has been bored and rebuilt with all new parts by a local race car engine builder. I kept the 6 volt system. The accessories are re-circulating heater, chrome grill, bumpers, grill guards, right side mirror, arm rests, turn signals, oil filter, oil bath air cleaner and running board step plates. The interior is original paint color and the seats are black cloth and black carpet. The exterior is juniper green, the original color of the truck. The fenders and running boards are black. The wheels are the original 15 inch two piece 8 lug and the tires are 700-15 tube type.

I worked at the Van Nuys General Motors plant for 33 years before retiring in 1986.

Dale Current

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1939 Chevrolet

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Owner: Sergies Lucas

1939 chevrolet truck

Article and photos by MB Johnson Holdings Pty Ltd, South Townsville Old 4810, Australia. copyright 2004 MB Johnson Holdings Pty Ltd. all rights reserved. Sergies Lucas is a 51 year old self-taught timber craftsman with vision, creativity and a passion for achieving a standard of product that has long been lost to the world through natural attrition.

Not that Sergies has plans to build his own casket just yet, but if he did, you can bet it would be impressive.

However, in addition to a natural affinity for life, timber and vintage memorabilia, Sergies wanted to restore an old vehicle for promotional and delivery purposes in his business.

In the mid 90’s, he asked associates to keep a lookout for an old pick-up truck. He didn’t care what make or model, just so long as it was vintage. It also had to have timber work so that restoration would exemplify his trade.

Eventually a friend mentioned that a cane farm at Giru, between Townsville and Ayr, was for sale …. and there was an old pick-up truck in the shed which also was for sale.

On inspection it turned out to be a 1939, 3/4 ton Special, Chevrolet and, although they had to hot-wire it and attach a make-shift petrol tank; it started.

“It wasn’t ‘gone in 60 seconds’ but I test drove it once around the house,” Sergies said.

And although the vehicle’s shape wasn’t what he first had in mind, any disappointment had turned to ardour before he returned to Townsville.

“I had even chosen the colour scheme.

“But I wanted to check with Queensland Transport regarding the legalities of driving the vehicle, albeit restored, on the road.

“They didn’t have a problem. In fact, because the original design didn’t have doors, they weren’t required. Nor was it required to have seatbelts fitted.

“Although the vehicle was in sad shape when I bought it, I think I got excellent value for $2,000” he said.

Sergies knew he had to strip the vehicle down to its last nut and bolt and sandblast, clean, paint and replace worn-out parts. It was a daunting task.

But fortunately there was enough of the old timber left to use as templates to manufacture the new timber components. In fact, whatever was made in timber, or could be changed, either for improvement or by necessity, was restored in the finest, furniture-grade Jarrah.

The steering wheel, for example, epitomised Sergies’ work standards but almost spelt the end of the road for both him and the project.

Sergies decided to grind the old bakelite off the steering wheel and replace it with timber. An innovating thought.

“In a last-ditch attempt to get a steering wheel off another truck to act as a stopgap while I restored the original wheel, I pulled hard on the wheel while a friend hammered the steering column with a punch.

“Suddenly it let go and I went flying off the back onto the ground, landing on my back and both elbows, with the steering wheel still in my hands. The impact shattered my right elbow and broke the corresponding shoulder blade.

“I spent the next month off work,” Sergies said.

The next step in the Chevy’s back-to-the-future experience was to recondition the motor.

Although Sergies has basic knowledge of the internal-combustion engine, he is, by his own admission, not au fait with the intricacies of Gottlieb Daimler’s invention.

“The motor was taken to a friend’s workshop for assessment. The prognosis for four of the pistons was good but the other two were marginally acceptable,” he said

Sergies wouldn’t risk repairs after the vehicle’s restoration so he elected to rebuild the motor, but it included an unscheduled rebore for oversized pistons.

“When the pistons and rings arrived, they were mismatched. Matching rings were not available. I eventually obtained pistons which matched the rings from here in Australia, and the bore ended up .040 oversize.

“However, the new piston size took the cubic inch of the motor from 216.5 to 225 and increased the maximum brake horsepower from 78 accordingly. It is now a 3.690 litre engine.

“It’s a big banger,” he quipped facetiously, adding, “but you wouldn’t put it in the Holden Dealer Team’s Commodore for a run around Mt Panorama.”

Another heart-stopping moment in the life and times of Sergies Lucas and his piece de resistance was when a client came to see about a job and asked how the restoration was going.

By this time the overhauled motor was installed and Sergies offered to start it. But he had forgotten that another enthusiast had earlier looked at the vehicle and, unbeknown to him, left it in gear.

Sergies started the vehicle from outside the cabin, pushing the starter button on the floor, down with his hand. The motor fired up and kept going, taking Sergies with it, down the driveway.

“That was a rush,” Sergies said.

“Unfortunately, I had also placed a couple of ornate clocks valued at $900 each on a makeshift tray on the back and, you guessed it, one came off and crashed to the ground when the truck lunged forward. I worked all night to fix it because that client was coming in the next day to pick it up,” he said.

Other additional but unique, unobtrusive features include a lockable glove compartment under the driver’s seat for valuables when the vehicle is unattended. And the installation of a radio/cassette in the centre console so as not to spoil the original look of the dash. The aerial is secreted in the roof lining.

But unlike today’s dashboards, the Chevy’s dash is spartan.

“It has a speedometer and mileage meter in front of the driver with a smaller, dual amp and oil gauge on the right of it and gas and water temperature on the left.

“I also converted the electrical system from six to twelve volts and while the parkers are still in the headlights, I installed mudguard-mounted parkers, which were an optional extra, and turned them into indicators,” he said.

Another change was the valance which acts as a stoneguard and water-drain attached to, and shaped to follow, the under-lines of the grille. It strengthens the grille and aesthetically finishes the ensemble’s appearance at the bottom.

“But after 64 years, the original was kangaroo-Edward,” he said.

Once again parts were thwarted by the gods of supply and when the valance arrived, the middle, rear section of the item belonged to another model which rendered the unit useless. Sergies decided to make his own, naturally, out of timber.

The result is perfection. However, the only people who get to see this consummate piece of craftsmanship is the mechanic and slow pedestrians.

The actual cost of restoration including materials, parts and outside labour was $29,000, but that does not include Sergies’ labour, of which there were incalculable hours.

What at first was thought would take about 18 months, eventually took six years.

“I averaged about 16 hours a fortnight on the vehicle; over a year times six is, say, 2,500 hours, multiplied by my hourly rate of $35, equals $71,500. Plus the outside costs of $29,000 puts the value of the finished product at $100,000,” he said.

A further blow to the project saw the vehicle insured for only $15,000. Which means Sergies drives with extreme caution.

“At first the insurance company said that they would only insure it for $7,500, but after sending them a copy of the receipts and some pictures, they increased it to $15,000.

“They did not dispute that it was worth more, but they would only go to $15,000, tops. Which would cover one, maybe two of the wheels and a rear-vision mirror,” he joked.

But it’s all been worthwhile according to Sergies.

“The result is extremely satisfying,” he said. “It’s my silent salesman at industry or social events.”

Now that his dream has materialized, his thoughts have turned to the next project. But the prerequisite, of course, is a short-term completion date.

And while the casket has merit, “It’s a bit premature,” he said.

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1950 Chevrolet

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

Owner: Tim Kane

1950 chevrolet pick up truck

This is the restored 1950 Chevy 1/2 ton, 3100 series, my grandfather bought to use on his farm. It now has just over 15K original miles with the factory Firestone’s still on the truck. Everything is as it came from the dealer, with the exception of the wood in the bed, the exhaust system, and the paint.

Original Owner — Arthur J Kane – Colon, MI
Current Owner — Timothy J Kane Jr. Battle Creek MI
216 C.I. — 6 cylinder
3 Speed manual transmission
15,365 original miles

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1955 Chevrolet Cameo

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

Owner: James Whalen

1955 chevrolet cameo pick up truck

Thanks again for the Cardinal Red paint for the wheels. Paint matched well. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to these trucks. This Cameo, before restoration, had only 32,000 documented miles. It has been quite a learning curve for me. This truck was purchased as a pull vehicle to bring my NCRS TOP FLIGHT Corvette to car shows. What a combination.

Thanks again.
Jim Whalen
Loudonville New York

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1954 Chevrolet 3100

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Owner: Chuck Sanchez

1954 chevrolet 3100

I bought this very clean truck from a fellow in Spring, Texas who told me he had it in his garage for nine years. He tinkered with it until he got bored and it started taking up space. He said he bought it from a man in Alvin, Texas.

The engine, transmission, driveline and brakes were completed by them. The gas tank has no gas in it and there is no water or battery.

I purchased it from him with the intention of completing the restoration and selling it. I have had the truck repainted to look as original as possible. The boards in the bed have been painted black and as you can see the exterior is green with white bumpers. The interior paint is grey. I had to replace the right window because it had a vertical crack top to bottom. I was lucky enough to find a glass shop right here in Byron that has the old laminated glass for older cars. I removed the wheels to find brand new brake shoes already installed so all I did was adjust the brakes, service the new master cylinder and bleed the brakes. I am still working on replacing window and door seals and door trim then converting from 6 volts to 12 volts system.

The pictures below are a variety from the time I picked the truck up in Texas to shortly after the paint job.

Thanks for your interest.
Chuck Sanchez
Byron, GA

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1950 Chevrolet 3100

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Owner: Paul Frey

1950 chevrolet 3100 pick up truck

1950 Chevy 3100 deluxe cab, this truck was recently refinished by CSCC this spring. Paint custom Sikkens glacier blue pearl.

Modified 283with 327 heads, Saginaw 4-speed, Camaro rear end, Chevy 2 front end, 12 volt conversion, Crager street star, custom Ash bed made by owner, AM/FM/CD player. This month the interior will be completely redone as well a new wiring harness installed.

This year I have received 7 placements in top five and two best of paints. In January it will be shown at the World of Wheels in Chattanooga after the interior is finished.

Some interior option will include: electric windows. Custom door panels, leather bench seat (Caddy) new gauges, console Billet Specialty steering wheel (classic), color matched to outside, new wire harness, hidden wires under hood smoothed firewall.

Best regards,
Paul Frey

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1959 Chevrolet Apache

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Owner: Don Wyatt

1959 chevrolet apache

This 1959 Chevy 1/2 ton step-side pickup was purchased in Santa Barbara, California from an estate containing 20+ cars and trucks. It was found sitting behind a 1955 Chevy “business coupe” with cement and old rubble in front of the garage door which had to be removed with a tractor. It was stored for 31 years and has 24,996 original miles on it. The truck was completely restored “off the frame” and is now in perfect showroom condition. It is as original as it gets, with the six cylinder 235 Chevy Engine and 3-speed on-the-column transmission making that “rapp” sound that only a Chevy Six can. The only modifications which have been done are an aluminum head cover, Fenton headers and very nice dual exhaust system. New wheels, stock with Chevy hub caps and mono leaf springs give the truck a much better stance. All of the chrome has been stripped and re-dipped. The truck is an eye-stopper and a jaw-dropper. You won’t find a more pristine Apache with this originality.

The interior is completely original, seat covers and floor mats. The radio head unit has been temporarily removed and replaced to give a new sound but the original radio as well as a few other parts will accompany the truck upon its sale. If you are an old Chevy truck fan, you know this is a real gem.

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1968 Chevrolet

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Owner: Terry Green

1968 chevrolet pick up truck

Just thought I would send you a picture of my ’68 Chevy pick up. Maybe you could use it in a future catalog. I bought a new wooden bed kit ,some chrome grill parts and other misc. items from your company, and the service was great!! . …everything on my truck is stock ,except wheels from ’85 blazer. It has a 6cyl. 292 engine and automatic transmission. I drive it every day to work. GREAT TRUCK!!!!!!!

1955 Chevrolet 3600

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Owner: Kim Cooke

1955 chevrolet 3600

Hi, I thought you may be interested in my truck. The dual rear was an option and may have had a flat bed or stake sides at the beginning. I have the original owners manual that lists only one model with a 6900 lb. gross vehicle weight and it’s the dual rear model.

When I found the truck it was being used to tow vehicles in Temple City CA. It had a hand-crank boom bolted t a 1/4″ plate steel bed. I’m pretty sure that the body shop that owned the truck put the fender extensions, as I’ve found no evidence that Chevy offered them. I still have the original hubs and split rims but have changed to modern dual rims for safety and convenience. I’ve had it for 10 years and have enjoyed working on it.

Kim Cooke

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1950 GMC

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Owner: Roger Uttecht

1950 gmc pick up truck

My name is Roger Uttecht. My truck is a 1950 GMC 3/4 ton Pick-up. I did a frame up restoration on my truck over a 2 year period. I used quite a few parts from Jim Carters antique truck parts. The Website provided me with quite a bit of information about what my truck was originally equipped as well as paint colors on the engine and so forth. The truck was originally green, but I painted it to look like a 1952 Chevy Dime Bank that Harley Davidson Motor company put out in 2000. I am the General Manager at Frontier Harley-Davidson in Lincoln, NE. This was the first time that I have ever done anything as intense as this, but it was a labor of love. I had a 1949 GMC when I attended the University of Nebraska so I always wanted to restore one after graduation. I have restored everything to original except for the paint. I stained the hard yellow pine instead of painting it and added white wall tires. The engine is a 228c.i. GMC with a 4 speed transmission. I love driving this old truck, it gets looks wherever we go, and an occasional story from a few people too. I hope it is good enough for your feature truck section. thanks.

Roger Uttecht

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1953 GMC Farm Truck

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

Owner: Rob English

1953 gmc truck

I note the absence of GMC participation on the featured trucks so I though that I’d send in some photos of my current project: a 1953 GMC 400 series with livestock body and twin double telescoping hoist.

I bought this truck on eBay last year and was skeptical that the stated original miles were 5,000. Upon receipt of the truck, I was amazed to find that it was indeed the correct mileage.

This truck was in service as a fire foam truck at American Cyanamid’s chemical plant in Bound Brook New Jersey from it’s original purchase in 1953 until the early 90s when the plant closed up. It was then sold to a local nursery at auction and the new owner pulled the fire apparatus off the back and then installed a livestock body and hoist off a larger 500 series GMC truck that he found in a farmer’s field. The larger 500 series had a shorter body by a few inches and also had a Clark five speed transmission. While GMC did not offer the Clark 5 spd in this model in 1953, the owner found it a lot easier to simply fuse the 500 series transmission, body, and hoist onto the 400 series than to try to make the existing SM420 4 speed and pump work. The result is a truck that will pull down a 300 year old oak and can haul up to 20,000 lbs. of weight but will not win any speed contests.

This truck is set up to carry a big load with 20′ Dayton wheels normally found on larger trucks. The original 270 GMC engine pulls this beast down the road. I use it as a manure mover on my horse farm and for general hauling. It’s been converted to 12 volts which always bothers me because my experience is that people convert to 12V because of slow start cranking, and the problem is battery cables ‘ not the six volts pushing the starter. The ID plate is the key to understanding what your GMC truck is and the serial number is the single most important piece of information a vintage GMC owner can have for identification. I have an extensive GMC serial number decoder on my website at www.oldgmctrucks.com

I have relied on Jim Carter Antique Truck parts for all the needed parts for this truck, as I have in the previous five GMC projects I’ve done over the last 15 years or so. Thanks to Sheba Queen and Jim for being there with those parts that we could never find in a lifetime of searching. I wonder if anyone at Carter has ever tried to calculate how many old GM trucks have been born again thanks to your parts?

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1957 Chevrolet

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Owner: Eric Davis

1957 chevrolet pick up truck

Dear Friends

I got this 1957 Chevrolet truck two years a go. It was in bad shape I did a body off restoration. It has a 350 with 700 R4 , S 10 rear and Fat Man front end. With a lot of help from Jim Carter’s I able to do all the work.

Thank You
Eric Davis
Manassas Va.

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1954 Chevrolet

Monday, March 1st, 2004

Owner: Steve Daily

1954 chevrolet pick up truck

Dear Friends

I hope this truck meets your approval. It is a 1954 model that is totally original. I know these trucks did not have white walls on them when they came out of the factory, but these are the original brand (B.F. Goodrich). This is actually my second 1954 Chevy pickup. I restored one back in my college days, and my wife and I dated in that old truck. So, this one brings back a lot of wonderful memories for us. Some of the parts I have used to restore this truck were acquired through Jim Carter’s Antique Truck Parts.

I especially want you to know that I appreciate your website. It has been a wonderful resource for me as I have sought to determine what is actually original on these old trucks. I learned, for example, that the original color was most likely Juniper Green and the interior color was most likely pearl beige. I also learned how to obtain a restoration guide from General Motors which has given me some invaluable information. This is how I learned that 15 inch wheels were an R.P.O. (Regular Production Option) in 1954. Your website truly enhances my interests in these beautiful and appreciating vehicles.

Steve Daily
Pearland, Texas

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1956 Chevrolet

Sunday, February 1st, 2004

Owner: Denny & Bonnie Wegemer

1956 chevrolet pick up truck

This is our 1956 Chevy 1/2 Ton pick up. We parted out an 1988 Iroc for the 305 TPI motor and 700R4 Transmission. We used 71 Camaro clip disc brakes and 72 Trans Am disc brake on the rear. This is truly, a home built HOT ROD. All design, fabrication, body work and paint were done at home, in our garage, by the owner. All handles and emblems were shaved. We used one piece door glass-power windows. The dash was filled with a custom gauge panel. We also used a custom grill, front roll pan, hard bed cover, custom rear pan, hidden hitch. The frame is C notched and boxed. A flip front hood was also installed. It is painted Prowler Yellow, the bugs love that car! This is Denny’s daily driver.

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1946 Chevrolet

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

Owner: Denny & Bonnie Wegemer

1946 chevrolet pick up truck

Our 1946 Chevy Truck looks stock from 50 MPH or 50 feet away. My husband (Denny) did all of the fabrication and modifications and designed the chassis to comply with the air ride suspension. We moved the gas tank from under the seat to the rear of the chassis. The 305 with tune port, 700 R4 trans, steering box, rear end, and tilt column are all from a 1986 IROC. The front clip is from a 1971 Camaro. I t has front disc brakes. Our choice of wood for the bed and the inside cab area is Honduras Mahogany.

The 1947 Teardrop Trailer we worked on together. We stripped off 5 layers of paint and made it to compliment the Chevy Truck. I know you don’t do trailers, but this get up is a team. Denny did all the metal fabrication here also. We rebuilt the frame and put it on air ride also. The inside body was also reinforced with the tubing. It is now all insulated throughout. It is all aluminum and is riveted together. The size is 4 x 4 x 10′ long. The Honduras Mahogany really makes the inside cabinets look like the old vintage boats. I (Bonnie) made all of the inside cabinets and table and the cabinets in the kitchen area as well.

It helps to have a metal fabrication shop and a woodworking shop at your home.

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1956 Chevrolet

Saturday, November 1st, 2003

Owner: Greg Sanders

1956 chevroloet pick up truck

Here is my 1956 1/2 ton Chevy. It was a three year project. The truck was a complete frame off restoration. Frame has been powder coated as well as all the suspension pieces. The engine has been bored 0.030″ over, Milled the block and head to get 9:1 compression. It has Fenton split exhaust manifolds, Valve cover and tappet cover. It took two and a half trucks to get enough usable steal body parts to build this truck, But it was worth it.

I am now in the process of building a 1953 C.O.E. 5700 Chevy. I intend to use make a car/truck hauler out of it.

Parts are harder to find for this truck, however. Jim Carter trucks has helped me on some of them though. Here are some pictures of them.

Greg Sanders

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1937 Chevrolet

Monday, September 1st, 2003

Owner: Al Lopez – Arizona

1937 chevrolet pick up truck

With nothing but a carport to keep the Arizona heat to a minimum, you could say I am a true back yard mechanic. All restoration of this truck took place in my backyard.

The drive train was donated by a 77 Chevy Camaro, a 350/350 combo, 3.71 gear ratio rear end, and a mustang II independent front suspension with disk brakes and rack n pinion power steering.

I want to thank Alvin Parris for his encouragement through e-mails and phone calls, to C.G. Chavira and Cisco Lopez for all their help in disassembling, welding and installation of heavy parts and to my son Cesar for helping with heavier parts and acting as parts runner. My thanks also goes to my brothers in law Pablo Olide and Lucio Cepeda for helping with body work and spraying the cab Cobalt Blue and to Juan (Jack) Ramirez for helping with the installation of the wood and assembly of the bed. Most of all thanks to my lovely wife Mary for providing us with all the sandwiches and lemonade during the hot days we worked hard during this project, also thanks to the staff of Jim Carter for supplying us with the parts needed to complete the restoration.

Al Lopez

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1950 GMC Longbed

Tuesday, July 1st, 2003

Owner: Dusty Destler

1950 chevrolet pick up truck

This 1950 GMC longbed 1/2 ton was restored by Dusty Destler, 17, and his father, Dave. Dusty’s first vehicle, he bought it when 14, and he and Dave restored it this last two years. Dusty drove it to high school his senior year, and now is off to college. It’s his daily driver.

The truck runs a 235 ci six from a 1955 model, has been converted to 12-volt, higher rear end ratio. Steering, suspension, and drum brakes are all stock. Wheels are 15″ Panthers, 8 inch and 7 inch, with BF Goodrich T/A radials. Interior has been done in grey tweed, fully insulated throughout with DynaMat Xtreme (rides quiet as a Range Rover), highlighted by lots of chromed trim. Bed is fitted with high gloss oak wood, with stainless strips and hardware.

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1952 Chevrolet

Sunday, June 1st, 2003

Owner: Dirk Van Den Bergh Belgium

1952 chevrolet truck

These are two Chevrolets panel trucks that we use for the club meetings of our Belgian club “Forties and Fifties American Cars Enthusiasts”. Both are manufactured in Antwerp at the General Motors Continental plant and have 6 in line engines and speedometers in kilometers. The green one is equipped with for loudspeakers and the flags of Belgium, the city of Antwerp, the European Community and of course the Stars and Stripes of America! We use it to open our meetings and U.S.-car parades. The parking lights and the turn signal lights on the green one are not correct and has to be removed one day and replaced with the originals. At the side of this panel truck, my 1954 Chevrolet Highway Patrol car.

The dark red panel truck is also mine but I use it for our club meetings as the last car to close the car parade. He will need some more parts of Jim Carter classic truck parts!

Best regards,

Dirk Van den Bergh
President 40’s & 50’s A.C.E.
E-mail: forties-fifties@skynet.be

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1948 Chevrolet

Thursday, May 1st, 2003

Owner: Mike Klepp – Wichita Falls, TX

1948 chevrolet pick up truck

I bought my 1948 Deluxe cab 3104 in 1995 and have done a complete on-frame “restification.” Everything is stock appearing, but closer inspection will reveal the upgrades I have made in the name of safety and performance.

The drive line is a 1954 vintage 235 that is totally rebuilt. It is disguised with a 216 valve cover. Behind the engine is a 1965 3-speed overdrive coupled to a 1959 open drive rear axle with 3.90 gears. I still have good acceleration, but I can cruise at 65-70 mph all day.

The front and rear suspension as well as the steering are totally rebuilt. To stop the beast is a Nova dual master cylinder connected to upgrade Bendix brakes with new lines and hoses. Radial wide whitewall tires, gas tube type shocks and a panel truck sway bar complete the handling package.

Inside the gauges are rebuilt, seat covered in gray tweed material, steering wheel restored, and new headliner and floor mats added. It was a granny four speed originally, so I collected and installed stock column linkage to shift the newer 3-speed OD.

Outside the body was quite rust free, but 50 years of dents and dings took their toll. The body was stripped, straightened, and painted. Much of the bed is reproduction metal, but all four fenders and both doors are connected to the original cab. Since the truck was black originally, I decided to keep it that way.

The truck does very well at local shows: several firsts, a couple bests of show, and a best paint awards. What I like most is the looks and thumbs up from others as I go down the road. It is a blast to drive.

Mike Klepp
Wichita Falls, TX

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1955 Chevrolet

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

Owner: Bud Jones – Bakersfield, CA

1955 chevrolet pick up truck

I purchased my 1955 Chevy Truck in 1993 for $3,000.00 and just finished it this month. As you can see the frame has been modified with a 1973 4×4 Chevy Blazer running gears. The transmission is a Turbo 350 and the engine is a stock 350 Chevy. It’s also equipped with a Vintage heating and air condition unit. The seat is a 40/60 bench from a 1993 full size Chevy pick up. The dash is Dakota Digital. The interior matches the gray two-tone gray seat for the 1993 Chevy pick up and after market door panels, kick panels and head liner. The original radio still works with an additional hidden remote control stereo system underneath the seat. The bed has new oak planks that look just outstanding. There’s also a tilt steering column by I-Did-It. The engine compartment is mostly dressed out with polished aluminum accessories. One last thing thanks to Jimmy Carter I was able to purchase some of the hard to get items for my truck. Thanks,

Bud Jones
9600 Split Oak Court
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Phone: 661.664.8548

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1953 Chevrolet Panel Truck

Saturday, March 1st, 2003

Owner: Jack Minton – Bizmarck, ND

1953 chevrolet panel truck

This panel was purchased by me about three years ago in Calgary, Alberta. It was a Police Paddy Wagon there in its previous life. I’ve added a Mustang II IFS, a Crate Ram Jet 350, 700R4 Transmission and a four bar coil over rear suspension with a 9″ Ford (Auburn Posi – 3:50) rear end. I also have a Lokar shifter and parking brake, an Ididit Steering column and Dakota Digital Guages. The seats came from a 1998 Blazer. I’m looking forward to installing my most recent purchase from Jim Carter, the headliner and arm rests, along with the rest of the upholstery, which I will fabricate.

Jack’s 1953 Chevy Panel Truck

* Body: 1953 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Panel Truck
* Chassis: 1953 Modified Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Pickup Truck Chassis
* Engine Compartment: Firewall & Inner Fenders Modified
* Engine: Chevy Factory Crate 350 Ram Jet 350+ HP, 400-Ft #’s Torque Small Block V8
* March Pulleys – Goodyear Serpentine Belts
* Fuel Aspiration: Ram Jet Sequential Port Fuel Injection
* Exhaust System: S&S Tuned Headers – 2 1/2 ” Aluminized Tubing – Dynaflow Muffler
* Transmission: Built TS High Performance 700R4 Four-Speed Automatic/Overdrive
* Shifter: Lokar Nostalgia Floor Shifter
* Suspension: Front: Mustang II Independent Front Suspension
* Rear: Heidt’s Four Bar Link Suspension
* Aldan Eagle Coilover Shocks
* Driveshaft: Inland Truck Parts
* Rear End: Ford 9″ – 3:50 Gears – Auburn Posi-track
* Brakes: Master Power Booster with Dual Master Cylinder
* Stainless Steel Brake Lines
* Swing Pedal Assembly
* Power Disc Front (Ford Granada 11″ Rotors with GM Calipers) -Drum Rear
* Lokar Floor Mounted Parking Brake Assembly
* Steering: Mustang II Power Rack & Pinion Steering
* Ididit Tilt Steering Column – Naiser Banjo Steering Wheel
* Wheels & Tires: Rear – American Racing Wheels – Hopster – 16 X 8
* Dunlop Sport 5000 ZR 255/50 16
* Front – American Racing Wheels – Hopster – 16 X 7
* Dunlop Sport 5000 ZR 225/55 16
* Interior: Unfinished except for 1998 Chevrolet Blazer Power Seats – Leather – Heated – Lumbar Supports
* Electronics: Centech Wiring Harness
* Sounds: In Dash Custom Autosound KNW-801 AM/FM – Auto Reverse Cassette
* Under Seat 10 disc CD changer
* Windows: Specialty Power Windows
* Wiper System: Specialty Power Windows Electric Wiper System
* Instrumentation: Dakota Digital Electronic
* Heat & Air: Vintage Air
* Exterior Color: 1996 Chevy Truck Light Autumwood Chromabase Metallic/Clearcoat
* Engineering/Mechanical: Bell Transmission Products (BTP) – Bismarck, NDBody/Paint: Geitzen Autobody – Bismarck, ND

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1955 Chevrolet Second Series

Sunday, December 1st, 2002

Owner: Keith Gunn

1955 chevrolet second series pick up truck

Thank you for allowing me to share my truck with you.

This is the only truck I have ever owned, and really the only kind of truck that ever held much interest for me. The first 1955 (second series) I ever saw was purchased by my best friend’s father. Not only did I think it beautiful, it was FAST!

While attending an auto show in South Carolina I saw a pristine restoration of a ’55 and asked the owner if he new of another that I might restore. He knew of one in Broadway, NC and so my story began.

My truck was purchased new in early 1956 from the Pinehurst Motor Co. in Pinehurst, NC and was loaded with just about every available option except automatic transmission. Since that time it has never been titled outside the state of North Carolina.

The truck had been partially disassembled for restoration, and parts were scattered in several farm outbuildings. It was loaded up and carried to Siler City, NC where I was fortunate enough to find interested people to work on the restoration.

The truck was then completely taken apart, sandblasted and re-assembled on the fresh chassis. My goal was to retain the original appearance while at the same time achieving a roadworthy vehicle. I hope you enjoy the results.

Jim Carter Truck Parts was my primary parts supplier. The parts department, was most helpful with service and advise, especially Sheba Queen and Kelly Mitchell. I am also grateful to my friends, without, whose assistance the restoration could not have been done in less than a year, if at all. Special thanks to Larry Holder, Dale Testerman, Bobby Lambert, and Luis Borrayo.


Engine ‘ 305 CI small block Chevy with Edlebrock intake and Quadrajet 4 barrel carb.
Electrical ‘ 12 volt w/alternator
Brakes ‘ Dual master cylinder, power assist.
Transmission ‘ 3 speed syncromesh column shift
Cooling ‘ Stock original heavy duty radiator and high volume fan
Interior Cooling ‘ Vintage Air
Glass ‘ Tinted
Paint ‘ Chrysler Patriot Blue (PB-7) basecoat/clearcoat
Wheels ‘ Deep dish with mid-50’s police hubcaps and trim rings
Tires ‘ Michelin 235/75-15

You may contact Keith Gunn at kpba@aol.com

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1963 GMC

Tuesday, October 1st, 2002

Owner: Gary Ameling

1963 gmc pick up truck

Here are my pics of my 63 GMC Custom Longbed 1002. 305 V6 original with 85000 miles. 4 sp on floor. Truck is painted 1984 VW MARS RED. Original wood bed in good shape

Thanks, Gary Ameling

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1953 GMC

Sunday, September 1st, 2002

Owner: Clyde Treser

1953 gmc pick up truck

Well this truck has a really long story but I’ll try to make it short and sweet. It all started with a trip to my wife’s cousin’s farm in Kentucky . We were looking at some of his horses when I saw this old truck next to his barn. I thought to myself, “I sure would love to have that old truck”. At the time, I didn’t know what would be involved in restoring it. So I asked him if he ever decided to sell it to let me know. About a year later I got a call from him telling me that he had painted it and was ready to sell. The next weekend we drove four hours to Kentucky from our house in Dayton , Ohio . When we got there and checked the truck out we realized that even though it was painted it still needed painting and restoration. Needless to say he wanted way too much for the truck. Fortunately for me they like to do a lot of trading. And I wanted the truck something awful. We ended up trading cash, shotgun, old video camera, and a old lawnmower for it. A few weeks later we had it hauled to our home.

My first intention was to fix it up a little and drive it every so often. But after I got it home I couldn’t resist taking it apart. One can of worms led to another and before you know it I had a 2 1/2 car garage full of parts with only the frame and cab left intact. Really a rolling chassis with the cab left on. Then I got depressed. What am I going to do with this mess? I had two choices

1. To sell everything and get what I can out of it.
2. Take it as a hobby and restore it myself with no certain time frame.

I kept envisioning what the truck would look like finished. So I decided to restore it. By the way I had never restored a vehicle before. Let alone bodywork or welding.

I bought some books, and used the internet a lot. I bought a wire welder, compressor, and other misc. tools.

Now, for what I did to it. First I sent the engine out to Performance Clinic for a rebuild. Put a 72 Nova rear end in it with 3/4 spacers on each side. And 4″ lowering blocks welded to the axle. Kept original front straight axle and removed 2 springs and put poly liners between the rest. The body needed the most work. I cut out a lot of rusted metal and patched it. Did the body work priming and block sanding. I then got every thing ready for paint. I did paint the firewall so I could put my engine in. Oh and in between a lot of the steps I ran out of money. That’s why it took 4 1/2 years to finish. I started it in 1996 and finished spring 2001.

After I got it from the painter I started to put it back together. In 4 1/2 years I had collected a room full of stuff to put on it. The last thing I did was put a new wooden bed in it. I bought some poplar wood, routed the edges, put new bed strips down, and it was finished. Well probably not. I’ll probably always have something to do to it. Well I tried to keep it short. I’m sending a few pictures with this.

Clyde Treser

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1951 Chevrolet 3100

Thursday, August 1st, 2002

Owner: Dave Hinegardner – Reno Nevada Billie Heaton

1951 chevrolet 3100 pick up truck

This 1951 Chevrolet 3100 has been in our family since my dad bought it new in 1951 in Wooster, Ohio. It has a 216 cu. in. motor, four speed transmission, original radio, that still plays, the original bill of sale and spec. sheet. My girl friend and I started restoring it in 1992. It took 5 years and was done outside because we had no garage. The truck is completely stock, except for the paint and upholstery. Every part was ordered through Jim Carter Antique Truck Parts. The hardest parts to find were the 6.50-16 snow tires. The truck is a daily driver and is entered every year in ‘Hot August Nights’ .. We also put it in shows and parades. I wanted to thank Jim Carter Antique Truck Parts employees for their effort in getting us all the parts to complete this truck project. All the parts we ordered were just like original and we sent nothing back. Working with a company like Jim Carter’s made the project a lot more enjoyable;..

Thank You

Dave Hinegardner & Billie Heaton
Reno, Nevada

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1951 chevrolet 3100 pick up truck

1935 Chevrolet Light Delivery Pickup

Monday, July 1st, 2002

Owner: Jim Johnston

1935 chevrolet pick up truck

Hi Jim,

Enclosed is my 1/2 ton 1935 Chevrolet Light Delivery Pickup as they used to call them. It is a truck found in a barn outside of Eugene, Oregon. The chassis was outside and the rest of the truck was in buckets and/or hanging on the walls and from rafters. I hauled the rusty stuff home and began the beadblasting, sanding, powdercoating, painting, and mechanical restoration in May 1995, and had the front of the truck running by September 1995. And with Jim Carter’s help on many mechanical, and chrome parts in addition to others from Canada to Texas it is now a great driver.

Thanks Jim Johnston

1953 Chevrolet

Saturday, June 1st, 2002

Owner: Dennis Oland – Saint John, New Brunswick Canada

1953 chevrolet pick up truck

Here is my 1953 Chevrolet 3/4 ton. I have just about completed my restoration and I have been driving it to work everyday. I bought it two years ago for $6500.00. It was very stock and solid with only minimal rust. It was originally green but had been painted burgundy/black over the years. I really liked the colors so I decided to go with a popular Chevy color, Garnet Red Metallic/Black. This truck is 3 speed, 12 volt and has a 261 motor which was swapped at the dealership. Early 50’s Canadian Pontiacs had 261s and there was often demand for these more powerful engines in the Chevy trucks. As long as you could find a willing Pontiac owner (or Dealer) you were able to get the swap (for a little money). Having a 261 is great, this truck has all the power it needs.

I did a fairly extensive restoration, buying all parts from Jim Carter’s and relying on the help of Jim Carter’s staff, Stovebolt and local (older) mechanics. The new bed wood is Juniper which is a hard softwood. I thought about Oak but the Juniper only cost me $50.00, the end result is great so I have no regrets. I don’t know where the sun visor came from but I like it. To finish off the truck I am hoping to tidy up the wiring and the motor and add in a faster pumpkin to the rear end. These older 3/4 tons have a 4.57:1 gear ratio and I want something that would allow me to drive at highway speeds. It is an easy fix (1967-1972 Chevy c20 pumpkin fits right in) so I’ll get at that over the winter. Other than that I think the only thing this truck needs is some tidying up in the interior. I did paint it but I wasn’t happy with the dash so I think I’ll do that again (and get a radio as well). This truck has been restored to reflect its original character and I have added chrome and a few extras that I think help to make this truck a real classic. Although I love this truck it is going up for sale, I have decided that my next project will be either a 1947-1953 Suburban or 1946 GMC 1/2 ton.

Dennis Oland
Saint John, New Brunswick

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1954 Chevrolet

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002
1954 chevrolet pick up truck

Owner: Rudy Parmenter

This month, a 1954 1/2 ton Chevrolet truck is featured.This truck, owned and restored by Rudy Parmenter, is a life goal. Rudy says, ‘My 54 was bought from a Texas owner and we are the second owners. The truck was dismantled and a ground-up restoration was completed in several years to restore it to its original condition back in 1954’.

This truck has 51,000 original miles and original paint. The truck sat for over 25 years unused. The only addition to the truck from the dealer is side-mounted tires. The white wall tires are a dealer option. It has a deluxe two-tone paint job inside, and original factory radio that operates. It also has a fresh air heater and a right tail light. This truck has original Chevrolet running board protectors, factory turn signals, stainless front and rear bumpers, stainless steel beauty rings and hubcaps.

It has a 235, 6 cylinder engine, 3-speed on the column (all have been gone through and restored to original condition). All window tracks and door locking parts have been rebuilt and/or replaced. The truck also has a dealer installed oil filter.

‘We cannot say enough praise for all of the staff at Jim Carter’s Antique Truck Parts. They have all been very patient and supportive in helping us restore this vehicle. They are very knowledgeable with their technical support. Parts for a 54 Chevrolet are few and far between. All of the staff has been very supportive during the time it has taken to find all of its many ‘one of a kind’ parts. We have also been able to find a few things through e-bay and have met new antique Chevy truck owners’.

Part of the fun of restoring this truck has been trying to find additional accessories that add to the over all display when at car shows. During the past several years, we have found a 1954 truck data book used by salesmen, a 40 page 1954 sales catalog, an old tissue container that still had a box of tissues with Perry Como on the outside and a magazine ad from May 1954 with a picture of three 1954 trucks.

My family and I have had it in several shows in Southwest Missouri. Many folks visit with us about the 54 and share their stories. Most folks remember their 54 truck as the workhorse around the farm or in business. Although this truck design was only manufactured for one year, it holds a special place in the hearts of those who drove her.

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1950 Chevrolet 3100

Monday, April 1st, 2002

Owner: Mark DeMonaco

1950 chevrolet 3100 pick up truck

This is my 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Series pickup truck. I bought it around seven years ago for a measly $800.00. It was in decent shape.

No chrome and primered and painted about eight different colors. It has a small block 350 motor backed by a 350 turbo trans. It rolls on 14 x 6 inch rims with G 78 – 14 Commander 2 1/4 whitewalls. Shortly after I purchased it, I tore it down to just the cab and the motor. That’s about the same time I got lazy so the truck sat for the next five years. During which I started buying all the chrome and accessories and pretty much every thing else. Before I knew it the millennium was upon us. I said to myself that I wasn’t going to start out a new decade without the truck so about six or seven months prior to 2000 it got in gear and went to work. I sent it out to get primered and what a nightmare that was. It came back worse than when I sent it. The people did a terrible job. So all my prep work from before was a loss. I had to sand it down to get it the least bit presentable. With the help from some good friends of mine ( you know who you are ) it was finished by the first part of December…..Just in the nick of time. After that it’s been a series of progression. More accessories, then the flame pinstripping, installed a stereo ( CD player, amp and several speakers ), flame thrower kit in the exhaust, etc… etc….

I’m sure that I’m not even close to completion (are they ever really finished? ) My next big project is to install some sort of air assisted suspension….

Thanks for everything,
Mark DeMonaco

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1941 Chevrolet

Friday, March 1st, 2002

Owner: Tom Bollinger

1941 chevrolet pick up truck

I have begun to restore my 41 Chevy 1/2 ton with parts from Jim Carter Classic Truck Parts, An oldie but a goodie, I worry that I will do harm to the value by changing things too much, The shop manual I ordered from Jim Carter has proven to be a valuable asset to the restoration of this truck. The sale of this truck will be applied to the mortgage of my house. Then again by the time I finish the truck I may have the house paid for and have to take a second mortgage to pay the truck bills. All is well that ends well, and a shinny 1941 Chevy Truck will be on the road again and cruising down the highways of Americas Heartland.

1969 Chevrolet

Friday, February 1st, 2002

Owner: Danny Curran – St. Louis, MO

1969 chevy pick up truck

I bought my truck from a guy in Illinois. It was halfway done and I completed it. I put the tires and wheels on it, rebuilt the motor and transmission, put all new chrome bumpers on the front and rear and new mirrors. The motor is a 350 Corvette with a 280 Comp cam, Keith Black pistons , and a 750 Carter carburetor. I’ve been working on it about 4-5 years. I just put a disc brake conversion on it too. Also all new bushings, front end parts, and all new rear parts. It has a 400 turbo transmission with a 3000 stall speed converter. Its never ending, all the cool stuff you can do to these trucks. DANNY C. ST. LOUIS MO.

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1954 Chevrolet

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002

Owner:J. A. Ceschin Miami, Florida

1954 chevy pick up truck

I have a 1954 Chevy Pick-Up Truck which I bought and restored in Brazil, using a lot of parts I imported there, from Jim Carter Antique Truck Parts. This was about 5 years ago. Today this truck is in Miami, where I have moved from Brazil. It is my everyday car and everybody loves it.

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1950 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton

Tuesday, May 1st, 2001

Owner: Don Forbes, Sterling CO

1950 chevrolet 1/2 ton pick up truck

I bought my truck several years ago and have been using Jim carters for parts since then. We bought the disc brake kit from you as well as the wood for the bed, and a few other parts here and there. The truck has a 350 Chevy motor power disc brakes with a 79 olds cutlass rear end. We have won two second place trophies so far. I still have a ways to go though.

I have always had great service from Jim Carters.
Thanks Don Forbes

1946 GMC

Thursday, March 1st, 2001

Owner: Eugene Von Gunten

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This is my 1946 GMC 1/2 ton pickup. It is designated Model EC-101. I purchased this truck two years ago from the man who restored the truck with the exception of the bed. He had built a wooden bed from pressure-treated pine. Fortunately, he had the original metal bed, which has its original all-metal floor; and it was in surprisingly good condition. I had a body shop sand blast the bed and my local vo-tech school did the paint work. I was given several old Jim Carter Truck Parts catalogs with the truck and found out quickly that Jim Carter is an amazing resource for owners of these trucks. I purchased the rear fenders from Jim Carter and they are clearly the best fiberglass parts I have ever seen.

The truck was featured in the May/June 2000 issue of “THIS OLD TRUCK” magazine. It is quite rare by comparison to the ’41-46 Chevy trucks it closely resembles. Happily, Jim Carter caters to both Chevy and GMC. I drive the truck frequently during the warmer months of the year. The 4-speed transmission requires double-clutching which is a skill that takes some practice. The tires are 6.50 x 16, which were an option to the standard 6.00 x 16. The result is a little better highway speed. I am considering the newer rear end gears to change the 4.11:1 to a 3.55:1. Of course, Jim Carter offers the parts.

The pictures were taken with a digital camera. The little ‘Rug Rat’ is my younger son Alex, who at age 2 1/2 is just in love with daddy’s ‘Red Truck’. Of course, the lack of seat belts means excursions around the yard are all Alex gets! I talk occasionally with other owners of ’41-46 GMC trucks. They can e-mail me at my home: gvg@infi.net

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1946 Chevrolet Truck

Monday, January 1st, 2001

Owner: Bruce Pile – Rogers, Arkansas

1946 chevy pick up truck

I bought this 1946 Chevy truck after it had served for many years in the Bell Telephone System, the prehistoric internet that Bell Labs would later upgrade. After helping with the creation of the net, the truck was in pretty sad shape. The guy I bought it from had overhauled the 216 motor and was starting a restoration but wanted to sell it. Unfortunately, he had no antifreeze in the water, and, when we started it up as we were discussing the sale on a January day after a cold snap, it formed a boiling cloud of steam from the exhaust and a river flowing down the street from a geyser spewing out a crack in the side of the block. We discounted the price to $150 and my dad and I towed it home.

First, I dealt with the boat anchor I had for a motor. I disassembled it to the bare block, had the cracks welded, put it back together, put in some powerful stop leak; and to my amazement it ran just fine. Then I proceeded to the treasure hunt – finding the various body parts. It has original steel for everything, plus several items I ordered from Jim Carter. I painted it blue and black and drove it and showed it that way for several years. I loved the way it looked, but the running gear was just a little slow and weak for modern cruising. I had no trouble with the busted up motor, but the other things were becoming a problem. So 14 years ago I did a makeover. I had it outfitted it with a Chevy 305 V8, automatic, and an A frame assembly on the front from a ’75 Chevy pickup, which will bolt neatly to the frame with a pair of 3/8″ steel shims and provides power disc brakes and power steering. I repainted it the Swift’s red (now that it was so swift) and kept the body and interior as close to factory original as I could; there is no law that says you must deviate from the natural beauty of these trucks just because you put in a V8. You can certainly improve how they drive, but, in my opinion, you can’t improve much on what the staff at Chevrolet thought out for how their trucks should look. It was restoring the body and interior to factory original that was the most difficult part of the entire project. Finding the parts was not easy, and Jim Carter’s was the ace up my sleeve there; but far more difficult was finding reliable information as to what was factory original. It was here that Jim Carter’s proved to be a unique resource. I inquired at salvages that are highly regarded for specializing in antique trucks, and got either “I don’t know” or contradictory information. I e-mailed the AACA in Hershey and got “We don’t know. Try these three organizations.” I e-mailed the customer service arm of Chevrolet, which is supposed to be able to answer all your questions about models past and present, and got “We have used all the resources at our disposal and can not answer your questions.” I asked Jim Carter’s and they either gave me answers immediately or said, “We’ll check and e-mail you an answer”, which they did. After having received so much contradictory information from other sources, I was not convinced. I hunted down some old photos of Chevy trucks fresh off the assembly line and some with no restoration or refinishing done, and hunted down several trucks in salvages, examined them very carefully, and got a few answers as to what parts and colors were original; and they were the same answers Jim Carter gave me. If I ever do another project with a GMC or Chevy truck, I’ll not bother with any other source of parts or information besides salvage yards and Jim Carter’s Antique Truck Parts.

I’ve been driving my antique for 14 years and am still pleasantly embarrassed by all the head turning it gets. I still have a “to do” list of 7 items. I’d also like to add a license plate holder that reads “Prehistoric Silverado”.

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1951 GMC

Friday, September 1st, 2000

Owner: Rob English

1951 gmc pick up truck

I bought my ‘1951 GMC in ‘1991 and like many people, eventually I found my way to Jim Carter’s shop door…or more correctly his catalog and mail order business. At that time, his catalog was just being updated which is still the case! It’s constantly being updated. I wish that I had all my old Jim Carter catalogs to go back and look at them because of what is now available versus what was not available from the catalog then. Trust me, the catalog is a LOT thicker now. He used to go from ‘1934-‘1959 in one catalog! Actually I think his first catalog was from ‘1934-‘1972.

My ‘1951 GMC 3/4 ton truck was a barn fresh low mile original vehicle that had less than 21,000 original miles on it when I bought it. It has a number of unique factory options like the canvas and wood bed with tin lining and fender mounted rear directional signals. I have never put the canvas back on the huckster bed because I was so proud of how the wood looked when finished natural but still plan to some day. It looks like an Advance Design Covered Wagon with the canvas on. I am thinking of getting a US Parks Service logo for the door if I put the canvas back as it looks like a forest truck with the canvas on.

This ‘1951 GMC came as a stock truck in Brewster Green with the following factory options: a fresh air heater, Pyrene Fire Extinguisher mounted in the cab corner behind the passenger’s head, huckster bed with canvas and galvanized tin lining, and 4 speed synchromesh transmission. The dealer added GMC air horns under the hood, signal stat rear only directional signals, Unity fog lights, and a Unity Spotlight. I added an original restored radio, step plates on the running boards, and a rear bumper. I got the radio, step plates, bumper, and 3/4 ton rear bumper brackets from Jim. I replaced my bumpers with stainless which is the ONLY way to go as far as I’m concerned. They are easy to maintain and will take some scuffs and buff out easily unlike chrome which is shot once scratched deeply. I think I paid $325 for the radio completely restored like new and that was about 7 or 8 years ago. Now the original ‘1947-‘1953 Chevy/GMC radios are few and far between.

Put my name at the top of the list of satisfied Carter customers. I bought (and continue to buy) virtually everything from Jim including all the rubber, a ‘1951 driver’s side door – one year door hard to find, left front fender, and too many other new, reproduction, and used parts to begin to list. A few years later I was back again. Jim was able to supply me with some hard to find parts when I was working on my ’51 GMC Suburban. I wanted to run the older (‘1930’s & 1940s) artillery style wheels on it but wanted to keep the original GMC clip style hubcaps and Jim had a full set of the artillery wheels that were NOS! I also got a 4 row radiator from him that worked GREAT with the automatic transmission cooler in it! Many of the Suburban parts are only available used and Jim was able to help with everything except a 3rd seat which I never did find.

I haven’t done too much to my ‘1951 3/4 ton Huckster since the beginning of ’95 but drive it and enjoy it. I sold the Suburban and have been thinking about trying to find a ‘1954 – 1955 1st series GMC one ton with a HydraMatic and DeLuxe cab as that is probably my all time favorite GMC pickup. I have had many fun miles in my GMC trucks which sport a lot of Jim’s parts.

I wish continued success to Jim and his business and I’ll do what I can to keep you going if I can find the right GMC!

Rob English

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1966 GMC

Saturday, July 1st, 2000

Owner: Ed Snyder

1966 gmc pick up truck


My truck is a 1966 GMC three quarter ton pickup with a short Fleetside bed. This truck came to me with the original factory build sheet showing a build date of 6-6-66, and factory equipped with the optional 351 cubic inch V-6, turbo 400 transmission, power steering, power brakes, 4.10 locking rear end, heavy duty springs, and custom cab. It was originally a two-tone truck, green and white, but I had it repainted a 1973 Cadillac color, Sage Metallic. It has just over 50,000 actual miles on it. I’ve owned it for about 5 years. I bought it from a neighbor who had bought it at the estate sale of the original owners about a year before. It was in great shape – no rust and no dents.

About a year ago, I finished a complete restoration of this truck which took me about 18 months. The running gear (engine, transmission, rear end) was in excellent condition, due to the low mileage. The paint, however, was badly oxidized. It now has far more paint, and far better quality paint (Sikkens) than it left the factory with. Although the truck is stock mechanically, I took the opportunity during the restoration to perform some comfort and cosmetic upgrades, such as: carpet with heat-resistant sound-deadening mat underneath it, carpeted door bottoms and kick panels, new seat padding and upholstery with inflatable lumbar supports, tachometer and clock, electric fuel pump, chrome plated valve covers, Thermo-dyne coated exhaust manifolds, dual exhaust, interior tailgate latches with cables to replace the original chains, spray-on Armacoat bedliner, and hitch receiver built into the original step bumper.

I’ve taken it to many car and truck shows since the restoration was completed. It’s won trophies or plaques at nearly every show, including second in class at the West Coast Truckin’ Nationals in Paso Robles, California in March, 2000.

During the restoration process, I acquired catalogs from about a dozen of the largest Chevy/GMC restoration parts suppliers across the country. I tried ordering parts from most of them, just to see how they compared in price, service, and parts availability. Although I had a couple of bad experiences, such as my credit card being charged right away, but waiting several months for the part after being told it was in stock, most of my experiences were good. I must say, though, that my experience with ordering from Jim Carter was unsurpassed – great customer service, quick shipment, and quality parts!

Ed Snyder

Editors note:

I learned that GM didn’t build any short bed 3/4 ton pickups. When I asked Ed about his truck being a short wheel base 3/4 ton, he sent me the following e-mail. Nice truck Ed.


…. This truck is definitely a three quarter ton short bed. It came from the factory as a long bed (127″ wheelbase). I shortened the frame 12″ behind the cab and cut another 8″ off the tail end. The wheelbase is now 115″, and a short bed bolted on perfectly when I was done. I don’t know if anyone else has ever done this, but it draws a lot of attention at the car and truck shows it’s been in.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ed Snyder


On December 6, 2012 we received notice that this special 1966 GMC has a new owner. Clyde McKaba will now be its caretaker. He also has a 1961 GMC Suburban 4×4. How unusual. Clyde can be contacted at: cmckaba@centurylink.net

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