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Owned by John Pierce
Bolter # 22506
Brighton, Ontario

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

01 June 2010
# 2790

More pictures of my old truck

From John :

I was so glad to find a site that had another truck like mine. Back in October of 2009 I acquired this 1916 GMC Model 16 One Ton. The deal came about after I had listed my 1959 Ford Fairlane / Galaxie 500 on a local KIJIJI site. Although, I had owned the Ford for ten years, and it was still enjoyable, the kids no longer rode with us to cruise nights. I had always wanted an old truck (not necessarily a 1916 GMC). I initially received a lot of feedback, but all in the way of trades. I ultimately decided that I should investigate this route.

The previous owner of the truck expressed great interest in my car so I decided to take the 100 mile drive in the '59 Ford.  I ended up leaving my car there, as he of course loved it and drove me home. Four days later I trailered the old girl home.

Originally, it was built in the US, but spent its entire life in Canada. It has a 4 cylinder engine that's still completely original, factory plates and all.

The old truck is very driveable with a top speed of 20 MPH and is equipped complete with kerosene lights. I'm not very fond of the crank start (the reason the previous owner traded) and I'm currently looking for an alternative method.

After recently acquiring an original set of Ontario 1916 plates, as well as a manual ahooga horn, we slowly cruise the roads and turn a lot of heads. We trailer the truck to local shows.

My family, as well as our parents, all love the truck. We have already used it in a parade as well as a wedding.

I am having a bit of trouble with the updraft carb, and I do not have the crank start down quite yet. Any information on this model of truck would be greatly appreciated, as there is a very limiteeddddddddddddddddd amount of info out there.

I do hope that you enjoy the pictures, I'm glad to share them on this great site.




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