1958 GMC Canadian 9310
From Lindsay :
I bought this Canadian GMC Task Force truck two years ago from a friend that has many projects. He had just bought this Stepside and then put a down payment on a new Challenger and decided (maybe his wife) that he had to sell this one.
I received the old truck with a painted cab and the glass installed. Two or three people had started the restoration over the last 10-20 years, but never finished.
The engine was seized and the box was from a 1960's truck.
I did the brakes and ran new lines. Then I was lucky to find in the local classifieds a rebuilt 235 that came from a 1955 car. The car had been in storage for over 20 years. I painted the engine and put on a valve cover gasket, tuned it up and it has been running great ever since!
I re-drilled the cross members (on the '60s box) to make it look like a '58. (It is possible with a little time.) It also needed lot's of patches on the box sides and fenders.
My plan was not to go overboard on the cost. I had some old red oak in the shop for the bed floor and I used potassium di-chromate to give it a darker look. I had a couple of spare tires from my Toyota 4x4 that I used on the rear and the local tire shop has a yard sale of old stock and I bought the fronts for $25 each. My front fenders where rough and I had to get a friend help with the repairs on them.
I painted the truck myself using enamel with a flattening agent in the paint to dull it a little bit (and help hide my body work). I used some flake on the rims and roof. Cadillac backup lights were utilized for blinkers. It took me 18 months to get it on the road.
I was always looking for the right deal on a old truck when this one happened. This body style grows on you. When I checked the registration, I noticed it was a '57 and I thought that I was going to find a '58 front on a '57, or no matching numbers. The serial number is a '58 but the digits are 000058. It is either a typo or was sold so early in the production year that it was mistakenly registered as a '57. I figured it was built in the first day or two of production.
The truck came from British Columbia to Nova Scotia in the early 1980's.
I have been driving it almost everyday and recently hauled a cast iron bath tub for the buddy who helped with the fenders. It is great fun and gets lots of smiles.