This truck was a 30 year old restoration when I bought it in July 2019. Some of the work was good & some not so much. I decided to fix/upgrade some things, for safety concerns and to personalize it and make it mine...
Too name just a few, relocate/secure bed, new upper/lower control arms & coils springs, 4 new tires, seals, filters, plug wires, fluids, replace missing inside corner panel, leaf spring bushings & perches, Exhaust replace/relocate from rear to side outlets, added wood side rails, fancy steering wheel, new tach, USB outlet, dome light, mahogany running boards toppers, fabricated new cab floor plate for seat mounts over fuel tank.
Rear brake lines were plugged and DALE was part of those repairs/replace. And NATE was part of front end repair/replace...
Truck then spent some time at Sachse Rod Shop getting perches welded, quads tuned, & 4 fenders painted....
As we all know, these vintage trucks are a never ending labor of love & fun....
My Brother-InLaw found the Blue 1949 by accident in Fort Wayne, IN. He took 80 pictures from every angle so in mid 2007 it was easy for me to close the deal by phone from the owner. The truck was built by the body shop manager of a Chevrolet dealer. While it was still in Indiana, I made about $2500 of changes to the running gear, but did not touch the body.
It is lowered from an original very high stance, Disc on the front, has a refurbished C10 cross-member and 12 Bolt rear. A small 307 engine from a Nova and 350 Turbo trans are presently the running gear.
I drove it from Indiana to Plano in the fall of 2007. Next are some nice planned upgrades.
Joined PnP in late 2007 and enjoy the many members and close friends.
currently undergoing complete restoration and transformation.Attempting to retrofit original body to a 2004 gmc denali chassis.
Original purchase mid90s. 1st rebuild (finished ~2008) was close to stock with top speed 45mph. We struggled to keep up with other club trucks. 2nd rebuild was to cruise at hiway speeds and join club cruises. Suspension mods included an IFS front suspension from Scotts and a 2004 Chevy Colorado rear end with modern/softer leaf springs. The I6 250 engine was rebuilt with flat top pistons, 0.030 milled head and Crower cam. Transmission is a BorgWarner T5 from Chevy S10. I elected to use a dual carb intake and dual exhaust both from Langdon Stovebolt. I designed and fabricated the accessory brackets to give a more compact layout and be able to SEE the engine vs accessories. It is now FUN to drive. Thanks to John Fawley, Dale Schosek and my two sons, Partick and Paul, for helping to build, modify and prepare. And repeat a few times.
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A few years ago, I was given a copy of "The American Pickup Truck" by Mike Mueller. On the front dust jacket is a photo of a 1950 GMC 3/4 ton pickup. Something about the look of that truck just spoke to me. So I started looking, and in August 2018 I found a 1953 GMC 100 for sale in the Napa Valley area of California. As an excuse to buy a 55th birthday present for me, I traveled to CA in December to see the truck. It was love at first sight! She was still mostly original and had received some restoration work. I purchased her and a month later she was delivered to my home in Katy via a commercial car hauler.
She is a pleasure to drive and turns heads on the road. I have a great shop that treats her well. To date, her wiring and has been upgraded, the clutch, transmission, and propeller shaft have been reworked, the steering gearbox has been overhauled, and the gas tank, fuel pump, and fuel lines have been replaced. She still has a six-volt generator but a 12-volt battery. She does well on short to moderate road trips, with the farthest being from Katy to Austin.
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when i lived in Ft. Myers, Fl. me and a few guys i worked with went to Gainesville Fl. for super chevy weekend in 1988. it was there i saw a 1955/56 chevy truck and said "I GOTTA HAVE ONE OF THOSE ONE DAY". FAST FORWARD TO 2002 (alot has happened. diaberes has left me with limited vision in my right eye and nothing in my left). i moved here to Dallas in 2002 to be with Noelle (high school sweetheart, long story). i found an add in the Dallas Morning News for a '55 chevy truck... on the 3rd visit i bought it after Noelle said "if you find you can't do it, someone will buy it from you. not to be one to give up, it turned out very well for me. I DID MOST ALL THE WORK MYSELF (purchased a built engine & transmission) but installed by me. i installed the rear diff. (1997 S-10), all the paint & body work, wiring, A/C, stereo & interior, it is still a straight axle but does have rack & pinion steering (a more recent add), it was a hand full to drive prior. the '55 got chosen to be the feature truck for DURACELL BATTERIES at super chevy in Enniss, Tx at the track (i think it was 2017) which also got me & the truck on "MENARDS SUPER CHEVY SHOW".
I purchased the truck in Florida in 2014 for a few hundred bucks. It was a total rust bucket. As I started cleaning up the body the more I realized I made a bad purchase. I continued the pursuit of building the truck and sourcing parts, the plan was for a budget minded cruiser.
The truck was torn down to the frame and it was sent out for blasting. Frame was then converted to a Jag IFS and painted. A better cab was sourced for the build. LS engine and 4L60E was swapped in and hooked up. About the time the mechanicals were complete an entire truck showed up on FB Marketplace that had the perfect patina.
The two bodies were swapped from frame to frame at the shop I work at where there is access to lifts. The swap was completed in one weekend by myself. The old rusty body and old rusty frame were then sold and progress continued on the build. About a year after the body swap the truck was on the road and completed a hot rod power tour of 3200 miles in a week.
Returning from the power tour the 4L60E transmission failed, reverse went out in it. Phase 2 of the build then commenced A new T-56 Tremec Magnum with an SFI bellhousing with twin-disc clutch was installed. Swapped in an Explorer 8.8 posi rear axle. Lifted the vehicle off the ground with new springs in the front and taller shackles for the rear. Also during this refresh the windshield brow was cut out and rebuilt due to excessive rust. Tilt column was installed as well. Lastly small wheel tubs were cut out in the back in preparation for new wheels. 20x8's in the front and 20x10's in the rear. The wheels are Rocket Racing Attacks
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