GM 1956 GMC gets an upgrade or two!

Michael B

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I have started a new project. I have had an itch to build a 55/56 GMC for a very long time. Well the time has come to scratch that itch.

I searched for a few months and finally found one in north east Washington state. It had very little rust, an original running drive train for a reasonable price.

We made the deal and arranged for shipping. The truck arrived about 3 weeks ago.

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Now the plan is to go diesel with a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission. The suspension will be 3/4 ton and the body will be left stock. Probably in it’s current condition and paint. There will be a contemporary braking system, AC and PS.

We shall see how it all works out!
 

Michael B

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Another piece of the puzzle. I found a 76’ 3/4 ton, 4x4, long bed chassis and traded a shotgun for it.

Now if I only had a shop to start working in! I am getting drawings and estimates to build my long waited for shop. But the last builder I spoke with said he is 6 months out on putting a shovel in the ground.



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I have finally resolved my carb issue and was able to drive it somewhere besides around the block. The visor was installed yesterday as well. I have also been fixing a lot of little issues on it. There has been no decision yet on drive train. Right now I’m leaning towards a Turbocharged LS 5.7 and maybe a 4L80e. I’m still researching the most economical combination to install and drive.

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I put some better tires and rims on it and added a bling as well. I also repaired the transmission cover. A P.O. had notched it for a different shifter at some point. Not my best patch job but it will keep the squirrels and road heat out.

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