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.
GM 250 Inline 6
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