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Old 01-24-2013, 10:38 PM
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This is the first time I’ve ever been on a site with a unique GMC sub-forum which is pretty cool. I guess I’ll post in this section although my truck is probably more Chevrolet than GMC at this point. Since we’ve owned our 1960 GMC for over 20 years, it’s been through many changes so I’ll limit this post to an overview summary.

Acquired in 1992 from the nephew of the original owner, the truck was remarkably preserved with only minor rust in the front fenders:





The only modification ever made by the original owner family was to replace the 3 speed column shift transmission with an SM420 4 speed transmission. Even the original seat cover was still in place (I added the seat belts):



There were only 3 options on the truck. A Bardin bumper, front and rear turn signals, and west coast mirrors. No radio, heater, inside rear view mirror, armrests, or passenger sun visor.



The very first accessory purchased was a set of NOS bumper guards because I always liked them and Golden State Pickup Parts happened to have a set:



The 305 V6 was only running on 5 cylinders and was given the deep six. Only one shop was willing to rebuild it, at a cost of $2500:



Since I wanted a long distance freeway commuter, a new Targetmaster 350 and power steering went in along with a TH350 for less than half the cost to rebuild the six.



After relocating to northern Idaho, it suffered from a bad case of rust measles.



It took an entire year to tear it apart, repaint everything inside and out, and put it all back together:



Once I found a decent replacement hood I also added a 1950 Plymouth bumper overrider bar as a custom touch below the stock powder coated GMC grille.

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:43 PM
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Just before the paint job teardown I installed a 1975 disc brake front suspension to get rid of the problematic ball bearing front wheel bearings: Here’s what it looked like after being completely rebuilt before sliding up under the truck:



It went through multiple phases and styles over the next several years including swapping back to a manual transmission, this time a new Richmond Super T10 4 speed and 4.10 rear axle gears (Dana 44). In 2009 my career came to an unexpected end over health issues and I needed something to occupy my time that didn’t cost very much. So I taught myself diamond tufting and dressed up the interior.





The gloss black lacquer paint job had really taken a beating over the many years of commuting, so I also repainted the truck with John Deere Blitz black enamel. It was both easy and cheap.



Since then I’ve added stainless windshield trim, spotlights, back up lights, bed rails, 15x7 wheels up front, a 55 Buick grille bar, 67 Chevelle fender emblems, and removed the fog lights and Moon decals:



Most recently it gained an NOS mechanical aircraft clock, fuel pressure regulator and gauges, and a 72 Chevy truck cable style gas pedal:





At this point I’m considering it done – at least until the next idea pops in my head!
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:06 AM
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welcome Mark,nice looking truck,enjoyed the pics
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Mark, great post, and really great looking truck. I love the satin, and the interior. Your truck is like a 60's 70's time capsule .
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Welcome, nice truck.
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Great story and cool truck. And welcome to the site. Nice to have another GMC here. Amazing the difference one year makes. I would call it finished also.

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I really like the looks of your GMC. To see where it started and then to see a work of Art it turned out to be, WOW.

Glad you are here.

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Without a doubt my favorite truck of any I have ever seen, bar none.

You sure know how to pick a theme and run with it!

In a word..... Awesome!
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Thanks for the kind words guys. For a long time I just tried to fix it up and make it nicer, until one day it occurred to me it lacked a theme. I decided to go for the period between 1962 and 1968. Prior to 1964 represented the time before girls and a driver’s license, and after 1966 I was in the Marines with no money for all the cool stuff that was on the market at the time.

The truck was on its way to having fenderwell headers and a BDS scoop sticking through the hood on a pair of 4 barrels, but early retirement put an end to that. Here’s a very poor photoshop effort to show my wife how cool it would look:



I still went ahead and removed most of the inner fenders just in case I win the lottery, and sprayed the rest with Raptor bedliner:





If I ever strike it rich I’ll have custom headers built something like these:



In the meantime I’m still toying with the idea of adding sneaker plugs under the front fenders. I haven’t figured out the best angles, placement, or whether to use 2, 3, or 4 bolt caps yet. I think they’d make a reasonably cool and inexpensive addition. Something along these lines:



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Welcome Mark, glad you got in here....how`s things been going sense I left the dark side, I don`t see many of your posts..
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