Tony McGowan's

1953 GMC 1/2-Ton

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21 May 2007 Update

From Tony:

        Well, Old Blue is gone. We shipped her out of here Wednesday destined for Schenectady, New York. I hope the new owner (Mike) loves her as much as we did. I've told him about The Stovebolt Page, in case he wants to join the forum to learn about ways to keep her going.  I’ve already given him a heads up on the valuable service your forum provides to owners of vintage trucks. 

        After a suitable amount of grieving, amount yet to be determined, I’ll move on and buy a car that my two teenaged daughters and I can drive – oddly enough they didn’t share my affinity for a 4-speed stick shift truck with no power steering or power brakes!

        Thanks again for everything and keep up the good work. 

Tony McGowan (former old blue owner)
Moreno Valley, California

14 October 2005

From Tony:

        Here are some pictures of my 1/2-ton GMC with 228 / 6cyl / 4speed / 4:10 rearend, heater, no radio, running, not restored or rodded.


        My wife and I came across this truck back in the spring and fell in love with it at first sight. The owner wanted too much money for it in the shape it was in, but we bought it anyway and get lots of compliments on it. I guess it's pretty rare for a GMC to survive in this good a condition (of which not a lot were made anyways in '53).

        At least it runs pretty good and it's relatively safe after doing about three single-typed pages of adjustments, additions and fixes to it, that is.

        Let me know if you have a truck like it or know of someone who does as it's always nice to see other trucks like your own and so far, I haven't ran across any here in Southern California.

Thanks for looking.

Tony McGowan
Moreno Valley, California

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