Hey there, I'm Denney Liptak from Fort Collins, CO
I recently acquired this truck from Emporia, KS. It's sat idle for the last few years but was able to fire up and power itself with some coaxing. Truck currently has no brake pressure and the driveshaft-mounted e-brake needs adjusting to have any function. I have full shop manuals for the '58 Task Force series to help guide me in my endeavors, along with this Forum! The '58 shop manual states that only 4spd (manuals) came in these trucks but mine currently has a 3spd with PTO. The inline-6 'looks' original but I'm not sure if it is. I'll try and locate some casting numbers. Maybe all the original valve covers said GMC?
The truck also has the 2spd rear end, brake booster and secondary leaf spring stacks. After looking at the manuals, I believe this is a 1.5-ton. The outter real wheels were removed for trailer travel.
This was an event in itself; had to get the truck to two different tire shops to break the rusted old lugs loose. It was only about32 degs in KS so their heavy duty impact tool had to be warmed up insde the shop before it had the nuts to twist the lugs loose. They ended up busting one of the studs, so I'll have to work on that as well.
Reportidly, a gas theif had cut the hydraulic line looking for fuel, then proceeded to cut the actual fuel line...so I'm not sure the working state of the dump. The fuel line was field-dressed well enough to get it up onto my trailer for travel.
Here is my album for it sofar. We just got about 6 more inches of snow in Fort Collins, so I've not been able to work on the big guy much.
Hope to get it safe come Spring so I can put him to use!
Here is a link to my picasa google album; contains a bunch of pictures from the drive as well as a brief walk-around.http://picasaweb.google.com/denney.liptak/1959ChevyVikingTruckArrival
Thanks and I look forward to talking with you all!
P.S. My dad has a 1958 1/2ton Fleetside been in the family for about 20 years. He got a new bed kit for Christmas so he's waiting for the weather to warm up for some work! That truck has its own fair share of stories so I'll get him to sign up and get a profile posted too!