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Owned by Mark Nelson
Bolter # 25237
McCordsville, Indiana

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11 April 2011
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From Mark :

I picked up this 1957 GMC 100 truck just this month after about a three-year search to find the right 1957 GMC truck.

Ever since I was a young farm boy growing up in Indiana, I loved the 1957 GMC body style and the menacing looking front-end of this truck. Now that I am much older and can afford to take care of one like it should be, I finally acquired one.
It has all of the original sheet metal, drive train, suspension, and is in excellent condition. I have been going through the truck from bumper to bumper making sure everything is in proper working order and is true to the 1957 specs.

So far, many hours have been spent researching to make sure everything is accurate that goes into this project. I have rebuilt the original 6-cylinder engine, and am currently working on the transmission. All of the date codes are correct from the engine block all the way through to the Spicer 45 differential and axle.

The interior is in great shape, mostly original other than the recovered seat. I replaced the 1970’s style GMC steering wheel that someone had stuck on it with an original 1957.

The paint is not original, but the original Aspen green paint can be found on every section of sheet metal in areas underneath the body. There's no bondo, no dents, and it has a very straight body.

This old truck will be going through some final restoration in the next few years to bring it back to its original glory as it set on the show room floor in 1957. Items to be completed include wheels, hubcaps, and tires, and paint in the future, (the Aspen Green is not the most attractive color I have ever seen so it will stay with current paint for now).

It is getting harder and harder to find these wonderful trucks in their original condition -- trucks that have not been gutted like a deer having there hearts ripped out and replaced with modern engines, transmissions, suspensions, interiors, electronics, etc. I feel that we need to preserve the classics and restore them to their original grandeur. Don’t get me wrong, I like the hotrods, some of you guys are building some really cool stuff, but you got to love the originals -- they don’t make them anymore…….



That's quit impressive to see that you are taking great pains to keep the integrity of this fine classic truck. Not many can, for various reasons. So, it is a special treat when we come across someone who can and has the passion to do so. Now, we can only hope you find all the parts you need! Come out to South Bend to meet some of the Stovebolt gang who will be at the ATHS National Truck Show ... bring the "oh my baby" book! ~ Editor


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