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"The Sadie Lady"

Owned by John & Leanne Hall
Bolter # 18658
Oshawa, Ontario

2915 August 2008
# 2413

From John :


        I have only had this 1969 GMC 930 1-ton flatbed truck for a little over a month, but I have wanted it for several years.

        When I first started my scrap company three years ago, I saw this truck sitting at a house on my route. I always wondered what the owner was doing with it because it never moved.

        I totally forgot about it until July 29th of this year when my wife and I were out for dinner for our second anniversary. For some strange reason, I took a different route home which took us by the street where the truck was. As we passed the street, I noticed an orange sign in the window. So we circled back and stopped to have a better look at it.

        I was told the truck was not running. The owner wanted $3000. My wife and I mulled it over that night and decided we could budget $2500 for it.

        We returned the following day, cash in pocket, and the owner managed to start the truck (smoking out the neighbor in the process).
When the smoke cleared, I asked what his rock bottom price would be. He said if I had $2,000 in my pocket he’d sell it to me. I said “Here you go, $2000 … sold!” We towed it home that night!

        The old truck needed a good buff and wax and still needs a ton of work, but we’ll get there someday. I use the truck for my business and just driving. Now after driving it for a while, we are thinking we’d like to restore her back to a show and shine driver.

        Pictures: driver's side front | rear | GMC 930

        The truck’s name is Sadie. The previous owner named her but told me I could change it. I said "No, Sadie is perfect." So she’s the Sadie Lady.

        The specs

  • Originally a 292ci now a 283ci
  • 4 speed transmission
  • upgraded rims
  • not original paint or color as she was a lighter blue
  • no radio

        So far we have learned that Sadie came from the factory as a cab and chassis. The truck spent the first 10 years in a foundry with a welding rig on her back in Toronto. Then it was sold to a battery service company. Later she was sold to a lawn weed spray company, several other people, then me. You will have to pry her out of my hands as Sadie has found a “forever” home with us. We love our truck!


John & Leanne Hall


         ~Sounds like a great Anniversary present to me! Keep us posted on Sadie’s progress and good luck! ~ Gallery Guy


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