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Owned by Tim Boyle
Bolter # 18938
Basalt Colorado

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01 February 2009
# 2522

From Tim :

Thanks for considering the old 1956 GMC 2-ton for the Gallery. Here is the link to more pics on Photobucket.

Here are the details about the truck. I'd known about this GMC since 1996 when I first spotted it in a field along with about 100 other vehicles. The elderly chap that owns the property and the vehicles wasn't interested in selling the truck. I would still ask him every now and then -- if it was for sale -- just to make sure.

Roll ahead to two years ago. The chap that owns the truck tells me some vandals broke out the windshields in about 40 of his vehicles -- including the GMC truck (very sad). He said he couldn't afford to replace the windshield and didn't want the inside of the truck to go to hell. Then he asked if I wanted to buy it.

So we struck a deal and I dragged the GMC home on my little car trailer.

As soon as I was home with the truck, I rounded up a battery and some gas. I put the battery on and tried the key. The motor spun over great.

Next I splashed some gas down the carb and hit the key. The thing fired right up and made good oil pressure.



1956 GMC 300
16,000 lbs GVW
8.25X20 widowmaker wheels
Factory pontiac V8 with Tach on dash
4 speed tranny
2 speed rear
Hydrovac brakes

I then changed out all the dry rotted gas line with fresh hose and poured about five gallons of gas in the cab tank. The radiator had been drained so I filled 'er up with water (no leaks). I added another splash of gas down the carb and the old GMC fired right up and kept running.

I took it for a run down the dirt road near my house that afternoon.

I had a new windshield and gasket fitted the following week. I adjusted and bled the brakes so they work ... well most of the time!

Plans for the truck -- I'll probably leave the truck as it is for now, except for some more work on the brakes. The cab is virtually rust free and the seat and interior are in great condition. The flat bed needs some new wood.

Further down the road, the truck will get a cosmetic restoration -- fresh paint on the cab and wheels, clean and paint the engine.

I should put a rebuild kit in the carb as the float sticks every now and then.

The truck is great fun to drive which I do as often as possible and gets used as a truck to haul stuff.


Tim Boyle

Thanks for taking the time for all these good details. Looks like it IS a fun truck to drive and work. ~ Stovebolt Curator


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