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Owned by Rene Alcantara
San Diego, California
29 August 2008
# 2414

From Rene :

        Here is my "rolling project" -- a 1950 GMC truck (I think it's a 3100 model). It's got a 327 with a 3 speed automatic on the floor.

        I bought this truck about four years ago. One day I was on my way to Home Depot not too far from where I live. I saw this truck parked in a driveway with a “For Sale” sign and about four people checking it out. I did not stop then since I was really in a hurry. On the way back home, I stopped to check out the truck.

        The only rust I could see was the two cab corners and she had some surface rust. The wooden bed was pretty much gone.

        I thought about it and said to myself, "I can fix this up, as far as cosmetic stuff." I’m not a mechanic, but I know a little.

        After taking it for a spin, I just had to have this truck! The following day I brought it home.

        I parked it on the side of the house and started to disassemble the back fenders and the bed. I sanded the frame and all the surface rust. Then I went to Home Depot and bought a case of flat black paint and plywood for the bed. I stained and varnished the plywood.

        The tranny has a leak that I’m about to try and fix. Other than that, it's a rolling project. I would like to paint her and do the interior at a later time.

        I wish I could tell you the history of the truck, but I can't. It is registered in California as a 1950 with black plates on it. I believe the bed is from a 1954 though since the side rails are flat.

        So what do you think of my truck?



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