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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I scoured the interwebs for several weeks to find a stock hood bird (rocket) for the truck. Some folks say there were only 2k of these ever made during my production years. Given the truck is 63 years old, the attrition rate would be pretty high on these items. So when you do find one they are a bit pricey! I was fortunate and found one in poor condition in the hands of a motivated seller. He was asking $700.00 for it but I was able to negotiate the price way down. It’s not like I needed one!

It is in very rough condition but I believe it can be repaired and re-plated. But for now it pretty much matches the rest of the truck.

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