20 September 2014
1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
From John :
I have had this truck for 25 years now.
My then young son Brian and I were in a town about 30 miles from us (not sure why we were there; but glad we were). We saw this old truck go by with an older man driving it. I had seen Jim Carter's 1-ton before, so I knew this was also a 1-ton truck.
We followed the guy and pulled into his driveway behind him. I asked the man if he was interested in selling the truck. He said he might. He said the insurance was going to expire soon and he might sell it then.
We left thinking we'd never hear from him again. I didn't have any particular purpose for the truck (as they are mostly used for heavy hauling). I just knew it was a rare truck.
That was June. In August, the guy called! We negotiated a price and the next day we picked it up. The truck had been running and the fellow had been using the truck (not sure for what - didn't really know him). He drove it right up onto the trailer.
We brought her home, and she went on the back burner for a while. We did have a person do some body work on the truck. He took it down to the frame. We painted the frame and just set the cab on top of it. So, it was all dismantled.
The truck was 20 years in primer. I had the engine on an engine stand for about 20 years also. I finally needed the engine stand, so I moved the motor to a pallet.
My son got the "truck thing" going when he picked up a 1949 when he was 14 years old. We piddled on his truck and started looking for parts, parts trucks, spare metal. We were living on a farm then, and we ended up with a slew of parts, parts trucks, and potential "other projects." All were 1948 to 1952 GMC trucks. I had an eye to restoring one of those "other projects" but gave up on the idea when we moved ... and we had to get rid of them.
At the new place, we needed to build a shop (where I rebuild cars). We threw up a 42 x 72 shop and my wife said, "It's still too small!" I was still working full time then.
When I retired, I decided to concentrate on the '50 GMC. About a year and a half ago, the engine came off the pallet and we finally started putting her back together.
My son had learned body work on his own and worked in a few body shops here and there. Now he is doing it as his regular job. So, he helped with the body work and paint. He still has his '49 and it's still not finished. He wants to make a street rod.
The interior has been completely re-done (as you can see in the pictures ~ Editor). I used the original gauges. The only one that didn't work was the amp gauge. I got the seat covers and door panels from Carter 24 years ago ... just waiting to be used. (Saved money that way! )
I have taken the truck to some local shows. Just this month, at a local show, the truck won first place in its category. As I was driving to the show, some fellow followed me all the way to the show just to come in and look at it. Another fellow who was already at the show and had seen my truck before, said he said he knew he was not going to win first place now.
This truck was Jim Carter's Featured truck for the month of September 2014, and Jim adds the following comments. ~ Editor
From Jim Carter, Jim Carter Truck Parts :
"What a rare pickup! When a new owner paid the extra price to buy a 1-ton pickup, his number one need was a heavy hauler with a larger bed. As the Fleetside had not yet been introduced, General Motors made the bed longer and the frame stronger to carry more merchandise.
"During the Advance Design years (1947 early 1955) all 1-ton pickups even had the same tailgate, front bed panel dimensions, cab, and fenders as the 1/2-ton. Their bed length was 9 foot rather than the 6 foot of the top selling 1/2-tons. Their gross weight was about 6,100 pounds instead of the 4,600 gross weight 1/2-tons.
"The sad fact is that few 1-tons remain in existence! They were bought for heavy work by their first owner and a second owner would usually have similar needs. When this pickup reached salvage yard status, their heavy weight made them a likely candidate to be sent to the recycler for their money value due to their size.
"This is one of these few remaining 1-ton pickups. John's 1950 GMC has the same 228 Inline 6 cylinder and 4 speed transmission that was in it at the factory.
"John bought the old truck 25 years ago because of its unusual appearance. “It’s like being in an overgrown 1/2-ton”.
John’s son Brian has known the 1-ton most of his life. Lucky for John, Brian not only has strong feelings for the truck but has is a vehicle body shop technician. His talents have made the truck’s sheet metal near perfect and then he gave it a show winning paint job in the correct Ferrara Blue.
John and Brian began the restoration all the way down to the frame. John went by the rules to make this 1-ton pickup look as it did when it left the dealership in 1950.
A few points of interest are:
John used the correct Spanish grain maroon seat and door panel upholstery with metallic brown metal paint on interior panels.
John’s talents with Brian’s help have made this a true show truck. It stands beside the best at all shows. John’s “new” truck is a part of U.S. Truck History.
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