Justin Black's

1965 GMC 1-Ton Dually

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19 December 2005
# 1327

From Justin:

             Here is my 1965 GMC 1-ton Dually.

             I found this truck in the Penny Saver for $300. The guy told me it had been moved here (Northern CA) from Utah. He said about 10 people were coming to look at it all at once and he wasn't going to show it any other time. I think he thought he would get a bidding war going on.

             I showed up and so did two older men. They both took one look at the disassembled mess and walked away. So she was mine!

             She was in bad shape. The trans was in the cab. There was no seat. The motor was half apart on the bed and the sheet metal was rough at best.

             I towed it to a friend's house were it sat for a few months. Then my friend bet me I couldn't get it running by the end of summer -- about two and a half months time.

             Well, I didn't want to just throw it together. Over the next two months, with the help of a donor '80 GMC 1-ton truck, I was able to make a respectable work truck out of her and win the bet -- $50 in my pocket!

             She now sports a rebuilt 4-bolt main 350; Edelbrock 4 brl carb; '88-98 serpentine belt setup; HEI distributor; aluminum rad with dual electric fans; SM465 granny 4-speed; front disc brakes with hydro-boost brake assist, GM 14 bolt rear w/ 5.13 gears (originally came with 5.13's so I figured I would put some back in, but its a little low for today's driving. I think I might change them out to 4.10's); radial tires with 16.5" rims (no more split rims); chrome grill; rear skirt panel w/ LED taillights; new bed floor; two-toned classic black and white paint, done with spray cans.

             Next plans are to build a headache rack and some 18" wood sides. She's got some rust in the cab. I'm guessing from years in snowy Utah.

             She is a ton of fun to drive. I just wish I had more free time to work on her.


Justin Black
Bolter # 9601
Northern CA

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