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1936 GMC 1/2-Ton

Owned by

Randy Malawy
Alexandria, Virginia

01 March 2008
# 2256

From Randy :

          Born and raised in Southern Illinois (40 years), my wife took a job in Southern California. So, we decided to move to Huntington Beach. Little did we know that just two blocks away, every Saturday morning, a group of car guys gathered at a little donut shop. They are called themselves the Donut Derelicts.

          Being interested in cars my whole life, my wife and I would get up at the crack of dawn every Saturday and walk the parking lot of the donut shop (some 200 cars). We lived there 7 1/2 years. Then a transfer back to St. Louis in September, found us living back in Southern Illinois.

          Reading the paper one Saturday, I spotted a 1936 GMC pickup truck for sale in the classified section. I wanted to have a street rod built and here was my chance. So, I decided to call. A woman answered the phone and invited us to come have a look. We met her at her house in town where we followed her down a blacktop road which lead to a gravel road, which lead to a dirt lane, across the yard and into a barn, where we found most of the truck. In another barn, we found more parts.

          After making the deal to buy the truck (my wife thought I was nuts), we now had to find someone that could do the job and do the job right. After visiting several shops, I found a one-man shop in, believe it or not, the next little town over from where I bought the truck. He told me that he does one to two cars a year and if I was not in a hurry, he would be interested. So, in March 2005 he started.

          After many, many, many checks and visits to the shop, in October 2007 the project was finished (good thing I was not in a hurry). It was worth the wait. A mere 31 months later, we have the finished product -- a one of a kind 1936 GMC 1/2-ton street rod thanks to Birk’s Hot Rod Shop in Red Bud, Illinois. [ View from the rear and from the passenger's side ]

          Here is a video presentation of the work done on the truck from beginning to end. (Click on the orange image.) Enjoy!

          And the color is not Omaha Orange -- it is Tangerine.

Chassis

  • GM/Chassis Custom Built by Birk's Hot Road Shop (Red Bud, IL)
  • 126" Wheelbase
  • Boxed/tubular cross member/Mustang II
  • Stainless/Wilwood Chassis plumbing
  • 9" Ford/3.00:1 Limited slip/Johns Rear Ends
  • Ford rear brakes
  • Front suspension Mustang II/tubular A-arms
  • 11" rotors/GM calipers front brakes
  • Master Cylinder - Mast3er Power Brakes
  • Power Mustang II Rack Steering Box
  • Boyd 17 x 7 front wheels
  • Boyd 20 x 10 rear wheels
  • Front tires: BFG G-Force 225/45/17
  • Rear tires: BFG G-Force 295/45/20
  • Custom Gas Tank from Tanks, Inc.

Engine

  • GM/Hi-Tech Engineering
  • Displacement 350 / 400 hp
  • Custom PRC Radiator
  • 100 amp alternator from Larry's Electric (Red Bud, IL)
  • Jet Hot Headers
  • 2-1/4 exhaust with turbo's from Craig Beck Custom Exhaust
  • Brackets and pulleys from Bills Hot Rod Company
  • MSD ignition
  • Aluminum induction from Hi-Tech Engineering
  • 16" fan from Larry's Electric

Transmission

  • Chevy 350Turbo from Henry Kawalec (Red Bud, IL)
 
  • Lokar shifter

Body

  • Body style GMC/Steel
  • Mods: rear fender stretched and bead lowered, side aprons and roll pan custom made - Birk's Hot Rod Shop (Red Bud, IL)
  • Bed: Mack's Pick Up Parts (Moberly, MO)
  • Body Work/Painter: Birk's
  • Paint: Tangerine / Spies Hecker
 
  • Graphics by Jack Irwin Sign's (Sparta, IL)
  • Custom Wood in bed by Brian Schoenbeck (Evansville, IL)
  • Head and tail lights: H4 with turn signals / '37 Fort / Vintigue, Inc.
  • Grille: Custom '36 GMC from John Kawalec (Red Bud, IL)

Interior

  • Stock dash
  • Stewart Warner gauges
  • Custom Auto Sound stereo
  • Vintage Air air conditioning
  • Wiring by Larry's Electric (Red Bud, IL)
 
  • Steering wheel and column by Billet Specialities / Ididit, Inc.
  • Upholstery by Bill Hoover (Kansas City, MO)
  • Material is Ultra Leather
  • Carpet is wool
  • Seatbelts are tan
  • Console is custom by Birk's Hot Rod Shop (RedBud, IL)

          If you have any other questions, I would love to answer them.

Randy

          Randy sent this Gallery submission in to us back around Thanksgiving of last year. And the timing was just off and then a series of computer problems on our end. But wow, what a great video he has of the work done on the truck. Very clever and it covers it all. Sorry again for the delay Randy. I'm sure folks will enjoy what you have put together ~~ Editor

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