1957 GMC 1/2-Ton
This 1957 Chevy is our second "free" truck build.
A friend of our's had gotten two trucks off Craigslist. He was taking parts from each to make up one truck. He only wanted the frame from the '57. So, we got all that was left (otherwise it was going to the scrap man).
The '57 had no frame or drive train. (The short chassis was put to use under a '55 2nd big window truck.) It does have a complete body. The cab is very solid but the bed is soft and the front fenders are pretty beat up.
We also got a 1957 GMC parts truck for hauling it away.
Prior to this, we had gotten a 1978 Suburban from a friend for free. He bought it only for the big block and he was going to crush the rest.
We placed the '57 on a 1978 Suburban frame that we had to shorten 16 inches. The rear cab mounts lined up with mounts on the frame even.
So, we now are building a 1957 Chevrolet 1/2-ton with a 1978 Suburban frame PS, PDB, V-8/auto. We are using the original '55 GMC Hydroma tic column (it came with our truck), a 350 V-8/350 Auto. It should be a lot of fun and our total investment as of today is $550.
A friend painted the old 350 we had in the barn with some left over paint to make it look good. Chris, who was 14 when we did the first Lil Rascals Rod Shop Feature story is now 20. Our youngest is 17 and he and his friends are helping with the restoration. Chris comes by to help out when he can. And of course, Patti puts in a fare share of help!
It is slow going right now as we have been working on our house. But, we will keep you posted.
Spanky and the Little Rascals have four trucks in the Gallery -- a 1953 Chevy 1/2-Ton Five Window :: a 1952 GMC 3/4-Ton :: a 1957 GMC 1/2-Ton :: and a 1965 GMC 1/2-ton which has been sold to fund the other three. We have a great feature story on the beginning of all this: Motivating the Next Generation Stovebolters. Enjoy the reads. ~ Editor