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Owned by Charlie Ackerman
"Old Trucker"
Bolter # 25117
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

05 July 2010
# 2797

From Charlie :

This is my 1952 GMC that I purchased from Don Nydam in October of 1998. (Don "Mr.Giant" Nydam has a 1953 Chevy 3100 in the Gallery ~ Editor) The truck was in great shape, nearly original with just faded paint. I did do some work to it, but mostly drove it around the way it was (faded paint, primer spots and all) for about ten years. This past year, I finally broke down and sent the old girl to the paint shop. I am happy with the results, as I think it really looks nice since finished.

I have dedicated the truck to my Dad, as he used to transport canned milk in New York state for a local dairy. I have a collection of milk cans, milk cases, and milk bottles that I display in back. I have received many compliments.

Some of the features:

-- Original 228 six cylinder
-- 3 speed on the column
-- Original 6 volt system
-- '50s style signal stat direction switch
-- AM/FM with cassette
-- Home built side boards
-- Hand-lettered signs (on the side boards)
-- Various milk cans, bottles, and cases from local dairies
-- 3:55 gears (to cruise a little more comfortably)

Thanks to all of my friends for lending a helping hand when needed.

Thanks to Bill Doot for painting the signs.

And, special thanks to Don Nydam for parting with his truck.

What I like about old trucks is they bring people together. It seems that just about everybody has a story about an old truck that either they, or someone they knew once had.


Charlie Ackerman
"Old trucker"

Charlie, you are exactly right about that. That's why we like to get as much "story" as we can for the Gallery. Gets people to thinking about some good ol' times in life! So, enjoy that truck and enjoy folks enjoying it!

And Charlie added a 1955 GMC Stepside to the Gallery in January 2011 ~ Editor


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