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....
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.
3 Speed Manual
Mustang rack and pinion front end, 9" Ford rear end. Street truck/cruiser