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Owned by Joe Battrick
"Joe Racer"
Bolter # 18480
27July 2008
# 2389

From Joe :

        What I know about this ... it's very funky cool! It runs great and almost no rust.

        This GMC Dubl-Duti was featured in the 2006 Max Brooks zombie flick FIDO starring among others, Billy Connlley. It looks strikingly similar to the 1948 Hart Pressed Steel pic in the June 2008 Issue of Vintage Truck (Peter Costisick, Delivery Designs, page 10, lower left). So I assume it's a Stanley Body by Hart Pressed Steel.

        What I think ... Mostly original. It's a 1948 as per its registration papers. Registration may or may not be original.

        What I don't know ... where the heck is the VIN, where I can find parts, where I can find other owners.

        I am especially looking for rear and side doors. The original rears have been butchered and the side sliders were removed and covered over by sheet metal when a previous owner "camperised."

        What I plan ... immediately to insure it as is (when I can figure out how to keep the rear doors closed that is) and to use it as our shop truck. We are going to paint it flat black with a satin flame job, pinstripe the wheels and add chrome center caps and lugs. Voila, instant Rat Rod shop truck (My wife Christi and I have a "sign and design" business - The Vault).

        Don't be dismayed all you purists out there. We are not cutting, chopping or making any other irreversible changes.

        The long term plans are to restore to as close as original as possible. So with that said, if you have any info, links, suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line.



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