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02 September 2012
# 2972

Owned by
Jim Finlayson
Bolter # 29128
Conrad, Montana


1960 GMC 1/2-Ton Fleetside with Long Box



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From Jim:

This classic 1960 GMC 1/2-ton Fleetside with the long box belonged to my Father. (The truck is named after him.) He was a salesman so he put a lot of highway miles on it driving around Montana. It was his over the road vehicle for a while.

The truck was purchased new in Utah. A fellow from Montana bought it next. Dad was the third owner; and he got the truck in about 1988. The original invoice is in the Photobucket album.

Dad loved the truck and drove the heck out of it. We got so attached to it. When I got the truck eight years ago, I wanted to do as much as I could to take it back to its original condition. It really didn't need any restoration ... just some TLC.

The truck was in severe need of body work and a paint job. It had rust in the usual places -- front fenders, the rocker panels under the doors were gone. We put in new sheet metal for the rocker panels and purchased replacement fenders. Montana is pretty dry so there wasn't much surface rust as an issue.

This old truck has the original stock engine -- 305 V6. It runs like a charm. It only has 130,000 miles on it. Uses no oil and has never been overhauled. It has the 3.07 to 1 locking differential rearend. I have the original factory build sheet and factory invoice.

We put a new bed in there, too. The old bed was over 50 years old and it was bowed and warn. My son finished the planks on the bed. It is also stock hard pine boards with new hardware. My son enjoyed working on the truck but didn't have a lot of time to help with this one as he was still in school. He was able to help more on the '41.

We got all this done in May of this year. We have tried to keep the truck as stock as we could. It originally was while on top and blue on bottom. Now, it's all Cape Blue.

The interior was all re-done also.

I drive it a lot. I really enjoy it. It drives like a battle ship. No power steering or brakes. The truck has a lot of personality. My son and daughter both enjoy driving both the old trucks, to. We plan to take it to some shows this fall in our area.

Before we got these two old trucks, I had only restored GTO's - restored five of them!


Semper Fi - thank you for your service.





Jim Finlayson has two trucks he has retored parked in the Stovebolt Gallery: a 1960 GMC 1/2-Ton Fleetside with Long Box and a 1941 GMC 1/2-Ton Short Box Stepside.


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