Shawn Maher's

1946 GMC 1-Ton


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05 January 2006
# 1351

From Shawn:

          Have a few updated pictures. This one is the 1946 pulling a 1949 home! I don't have much news stories from last year.

          I have been driving it a lot, going to car shows, things like that. Someone wants to do story on my truck for a magazine. I still have more work to do to it first. I have no money yet to finish.

Thanks,

Shawn Maher

 


05 January 2006
# 1351

From Shawn:

          Hi! I have a 1946 GMC that my brother found in a field. He didn't want to do anything with it so he sold it to me. I put it on a new GMC frame with 10 lug rims and put a Cummins turbo diesel in it. I made the box and back fender and running boards. The only thing I used was the cab and front clip.

          Some history on the truck: it lived in Mississippi most of its life as a construction truck. The guy that had the truck (he worked for the construction company) said the engine blew in the '60's. He liked the truck so much that the company sold it to him when he retired.

          The fellow moved to Fowlerville, Michigan about 15 years ago. He parked the truck in his field. My brother spotted it when he was driving around so he asked the owner if he wanted to sell it. The guy said he was to old to fix it so he sold it to my brother for $650.

          My brother told me about the truck on the phone. I laughed when he told my he had bought a 1946 GMC. I told him he was crazy for buying a piece of junk (not really knowing what the truck looked like). I went to his house and the minute I saw it, I had to have it. The first words that came out of my mouth was "dually diesel pickup."

          I bugged my brother for the truck. He admitted he didn't have time to work on it but he said he would take $1600 for it. Well, I didn't have that kinda money at the time so I couldn't buy it off him.

          A month went by. My brother's hot water heater went out in his house and he didn't have the money to get a new one. So he sold the truck to me for what the water heater cost -- $550.

          I got the truck home in 2001. I was driving it to work a few days later and this lady's truck quit by my house. I pulled over to help her -- she had a really heavy duty 1982 Chevy diesel truck. The injector pump went -- she was on her way to trade the '82 in for a new one. I asked her if she wanted to sell it and she said I could have it for $500.

          I gave her the money and towed it to my house. Later that day, I went to one of my jobs (I cut the grass at a sprinkler company). They had a Chevy truck out back and I asked my boss if it was a diesel. He said it was and added that had just put a new injector pump on it -- then the engine blew.

          We started looking at his old car he had. He said he needed a holly carb for it. And I just happened to have a new 600 holly at home. So, I told him I would trade him straight up for the injector pump. He told me to give him the carb and take the whole engine. So it worked out good!

          I put the pump on the truck and drove it for about six months. The I ripped the body off. That's when the magic started!

          I ripped everything off the frame and sand blasted it. I did some metal fabrication on the '46 cab to get it to fit. I had to move the engine back about six inches. I moved the fire wall back on the cab. I took the cab back off and beadblasted it inside and out. I had adaptors made to get the big 10 lug semi wheels to fit inside the fenders.

          Next, I started on the bed. My brother's work gave him a big steel shelf and some sheets of sheet metal so I used that to make the box and running boards. Then I used the floor from a 1980's Chevy pick up I had. I had to do a lot of cutting and welding to make it fit. My friend has a '41 Chevy that he got fiberglass fenders for so he gave me his metal front fenders. I made them into back fenders for my truck.

          Then I sealed everything with dp50 sealer and started the body work. Lots of stick sanding. I used base coat clear coat paint. I used the diesel wiring harness and got it running. It wasn't easy. I had a hard time getting the air out of the fuel line.

          I put 2000 miles on it in 2005 and plan to put a lot more on next summer. I want to travel with it.

          Right now I'm working on it again. I'm taking out the detroit diesel and putting in a straight 6 Cummins turbo diesel. I plan to put in 100 horse injectors and propane injection. It should be around 500 horse power and a 1000 foot pounds of torque. I plan on blowing away Corvettes and Mustangs with it.

          I only have a few more things to do like finish hooking up the cummins and finish the interior and air conditioning. I really didn't have the money to build this truck. I have lived on boxes of cereal for awhile. I traded a lot of work for the parts. Something is different about this truck then the other cars I've built in the past. There's something magical about this truck. I got this feeling it's going to be a movie star someday .

Thanks,

Shawn Maher



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