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....
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
Mustang rack and pinion front end, 9" Ford rear end. Street truck/cruiser
was purchased for $1000.00 as a parts truck. Come to find out it was LS swapped already. Drove it home with no breaks. took a year to get it running ok. the front suspension was wore out. in the process of repairing that the brake system went out again. So i decided to swap the chassis. Placed a 86 Suburban frame under the body and reinstalled my power train and body on top of that. with the help from EasyChassisSwap.com. Now i am off the ground and rolling again.
Very long story -short.
Imported from the US by the Yugoslav gov. special guards in 62, auctioned in the 70’s, second owner wore it out, modified it (4 cylinder M.Benz diesel, manual trans.). I bought it in 2005 and slowly putting it back to original and working condition, mostly because of the trouble of importing parts. Put back a V8, automatic transmission, original tailgate, etc.
In good back roads driving conditions
- 2006 Short documentary TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fD2r9NcJQ4
- 2008 Film “Bloom Brothers” (7 minute opening sequence 0:49, 5:45, 6:45), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUz0L4emNko
- 2008 RAI series “Einstein” (41:09), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VPftWbHtWk
- 2021 Film “Minamata”
- 2018 Video clip Jelena Tomasevic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCCSthos-zY
- 2021 TV series “Kaljeve Gume” star. Chris Mulkey
- 2019 TV Series “Juzni vetar”
It has also been in a couple of local car and truck magazines.