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1952 GMC 1/2-Ton


Owned by


Phillip Pierce
"Trkn' GMC"
Bolter # 1268
Fairfax, Virginia

Old Dominion Bolter

12 March 2008
# 2268

From Phil :

           The story on the '52 GMC is as follows. Uh hem, here goes nothing.

           Back in 2003 after searching eBay one night, I came across the '52 GMC and thought "Wow" -- nice truck for a nice price. Looks like most of the hard work is done. But, nah, I can't buy it. Besides I have my '51 GMC I have been working hard on and it runs great.

           Well, the '52 GMC sold on eBay and I went about my business.

           About two weeks later, the '52 GMC popped back up on eBay again. I was surprised but watched the auction intently and the auction ended without any bids this time. This peaked my interest even more. So I emailed the seller to see what the deal was.

           The first time around on eBay, the buyer backed out last minute. The second time no one bid and the seller was baffled.

           I got some details from the seller and decided it was time to break the bad, opps, I mean great news to the wife. [ Side shot ]

           We drove out to Nashville to look at the truck first hand. The body and paint work was already finished and everything looked great . After a test drive, I bought the truck on the spot.

           The 10 hour drive home was exciting because all I could think about was driving the truck and enjoying it. My wife Kirsten liked the blue color and was happy because since most of the "hard" work on the truck was already done, she could keep me in the house more and away from the garage.

           Little did we know......

           One thing leads to another. The engine, which had never been rebuilt spun a main bearing on my first long distance trip to Macungie for the ATCA National Meet back in 2004. After a complete engine rebuild, I bought radial tires for the truck. Then an original radio found its way inside the cab. Front bumper guards topped off the front end after I finished the engine install. I had a local pinstripe artist hand paint the cab beltline stripe for me one nice spring day. [ Great grille shot ]

           Shall I go on?

           In 2006 I completely did the bedwood, and installed "LED" tailamps. Last winter I completed the 3:55 rear end gear swap, new king pins, roller bearings and dual master brake cylinder upgrade.

           Then one week I got bored and replaced the steering box with a rebuilt unit from American Classic Truck parts.

           The list keeps getting longer and well, by now, we all know how my wife Kirsten feels about all of this.

           The truck is named "Nash" since we found it in Nashville, Tennessee. I really enjoy driving it and working on it. Here is a link to my Webshots page if you want to see more photos.

           We'll be seeing you all at the Homecoming!


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