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1949 GMC 1/2-Ton Canopy Express

Owned by

Neal Knight
Bolter # 10184
Princeton, Kansas


04 February 2008
# 2217

From Neal :

          I would like to submit some photos of my latest ride.  It is a 1949 GMC 1/2-ton Canopy Express.

          I found this truck in the summer of 2005, while checking out some old cars with a friend. It was sitting in the corner of his yard with the trees trying to take it over. (Is this an IRWIPI contender or what? ~~ Editor )

          I spent the next six months finding the owner and persuading him to sell it to me. I got it home [ side view ] early 2006. This is how it looked after a good power washing. It took two tank-full's and a can of AJAX to get it this clean after sitting for over 30 years in the. Here is a picture from my first show with it in the fall of 2006. 

          She is now road worthy after stealing the engine and front clip off of my pickup and giving her a little suspension update. Last but not least, the picture above is from a local rat rod show a year later in the fall of 2007. 

          The old girl gets a lot of attention for not being done and I can’t wait to see her finished someday. I have collected a lot of NOS parts for the CE so far including my fine visor, a Motorola GMC aftermarket radio and a NOS hood ornament that is almost too pretty to put on the truck. Some sheet metal parts here and there as well. I have a full set of Deluxe trim to go on it including a NOS rear deluxe fender and NOS spears to go on the front fenders. After all, you can't take the money with you at the end!
          You can see my build so far on my photo site. I'll post more updates as they come (as money permits). I am also on Myspace.
          I would like to throw a thank you out to David Franco for all his help and knowledge on these trucks. He is a super nice guy and a wealth of info on the AD Canopy Express.

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