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1957 GMC 1/2-Ton Panel 4 X 4
01 March 2008
From Will :
This is my 1957 GMC 1/2-ton panel 4 X 4, known as the “Rockbox.” I just wanted to introduce myself to other truckaholics. I wish this site had been around when I got my first one in 1973.
When I was 15, I helped my friend restore his 1955 Chevy 1st series truck and got addicted to old trucks. I bought a 1954 5 window Chevy. Then I bought a 1955 Ford 1/2-ton before high school graduation. After college, I bought a new 1977 Chevy Silverado for a work truck. A year later, I was on a business trip down to Los Angeles and saw a 1957 GMC / Napco 4 X 4 Suburban. I sold my Silverado fast and cheap just to buy that big old 4 x 4.
The truck I have now is a 1957 GMC Napco 4 X 4 Panel with the barn doors in back [ pix ]. It is powered by a strong 270 ci with a small Holley 4-barrel sitting on an aluminum intake. [ Engine before and after ] It also has Fenton cast iron headers. It is a short wheel base model with factory power brakes, factory lift to accommodate the 17.5" wheels, and a PTO driven Braden winch. Here's the dash -- before then after
I purchased the truck at the auction on a Saturday, but had to go back on Monday to drive it back to Sacramento. I got my neighbor to go along so he could drive my truck back or tow me if it broke down.
When I purchased the truck, it had 14,086 original miles on it, and now has only 15,447 on it. It started right up and it sounded great. I drove to Fairfield and decided I had better fill up the tank in case the gauge was off. When I was at the station, I noticed a CHP officer sitting on the on ramp about 75 feet away. I bet my neighbor that he would pull me over since the truck looked so different and it still showed the glue from the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue decals that were removed on the front and rear doors. I was not even past him on the freeway on ramp before his lights were on and he was on his p.a. telling me to pull over immediately, which I did.
I am now looking for a clean Chevy or GMC 1-ton or larger flatbed with a big wrap around window that I can fix up to use in my granite business (Planet Granite) to deliver slabs of granite to my customers in the Sacramento, California area.
~Great story Will! My husband and I are still laughing about that police officer.