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Owned by David "DD" Donatelli
Bolter # 22518
Scottsdale, Arizona

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01 December 2009
# 2706

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From DD :

Here is a link to my baby. She's a 1947 First Series GMC EC-101. I'm the first person to own this Art Deco GMC outside of the original owner's family.

The gentleman I bought this vintage truck from was in poor health and could not enjoy it anymore. He was tired of seeing it sit in his garage. None of his boys were interested in owning it.

It was originally bought new in Winterset, Iowa, the town where John Wayne was born. It is mostly original with just over 74,000 miles on it. I'm in the process of changing tail lights, fog lights, mirrors, etc. to return it to a more authentic period in time.

My Dad's unit assembled trucks in an apple orchard in France during WWII. A homemade film of his unit recently surfaced and I got a chance to see my Dad in action at the age of 19. What a thrill. I have a copy of the film. It's fascinating how they set up the assembly line. At one point they were assembling 53 vehicles per day! I wanted to get a truck from that era. Here is the video on YouTube.


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