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  Owned by Tom Booker
Bolter # 12883
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
09 June 2008
# 2342

From Tom :

           In December of 2005, I attended an auction in Greensburg, Indiana that included a 1968 GMC 2500 Sierra "Custom Camper."

           A man who lived in Greensburg bought it new and the same month, he bought a bed-mounted 10' Alaskan Camper for it. He and his wife traveled far and wide, based on the decals that were put on the camper (Alaska, California, Canada, the Dakota's, to name a few).

           When the gentleman passed away in the '80's, his widow sold the GMC to a neighbor on the same street. The second owner was as meticulous at record keeping as the original owner, based on the loose-leaf notepads that were in the glovebox (right down to oil changes and spark plugs).

           After the second owner died, the truck (with the Alaskan Camper on the rear) was brought to Maddux's Auction facility in Greensburg to be auctioned off. That's where I first saw it.

           The truck had less than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and although the paint was not the best (the bed had been painted with spray cans and the cab had been "touched up" with paint brushes), there was not a speck of rust on it.

           Raising the hood, I saw the 327 V8 engine with a 4 barrel Rochester sitting on top. The transmission was a 3-speed Hydramatic.

           I couldn't believe how well preserved the truck was. By the time it was put on the block, several people had looked it over and when the bidding started, I didn't think my pockets would be deep enough! I got lucky though and ended up being the new owner. Here's the "before" picture.

           Since that day, 2 1/2 years ago, I've replaced many parts on the old truck and just last week, brought it home from the paint shop. Originally all blue, I had the top painted GM white over the original blue.

           I didn't want to turn the old GMC into a show truck ... just a nice looking old truck. I like to think that was achieved. There are still many things I want to do but for now, I'm just going to enjoy it for awhile.

           I hope you like what you see.


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