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  Owned by Rick Porter
Porterville, Newfoundland
12 July 2007 Update
# 1381

From Rick :

          Here is an update for my 1965 GMC 920. It has the original 6 inch lift. There is a lot of custom made stuff on it. The bumpers, steps, spare tire carrier, steel plating in the bed and a roll bar with driving lights are all custom made. It also has an 8000-pound winch inside the bumper.

          Under the hood is a Chevy 292 and a 4 speed transmission. It is a 4 X 4 with 33 inch tires and an 800-watt Kenwood amp with two Kicker comp subs, two mid range speakers and tweeters that is set up for an iPod or mp3 player. It came from Nunavik, Quebec, so it never rolled over salty pavement in its entire life. The ground up restoration took me four years to finish, so every part has passed through my hands. The paint is grabber orange (an old mustang color) and all other parts are covered with bed liner.

          I'm wondering if these old 4 X 4's have a good value because the appraiser who looked at it valued it at $10,500 despite the fact he praised the bodywork, paint and custom parts, which I would value at around $10,500 if I had to replace them. His value of my truck shocked me because I wouldn't sell it for twice that. Who is right my appraiser or me?

          I have had a great response to the truck. People, big and little, from 8 to 80 -- they love it! (Ah, we love this shot, too -- got it on the Stovebolt LARGE calendar for June. Very refreshing layout! ~ Editor)

          I plan to take it on my yearly caribou hunt this year because of a deep, fast river I have to cross to access my hunting area. Well, this big old 4 X 4 can go anywhere it wants!

          I appreciate the enthusiasm and will I'm more than happy to be a part of the restoration world. At some point I'd like to put together a small web site so I can help others who feel the need to take on the love / hate relationship that comes with such projects. I've always believed that encouragement is key.

Rick Porter
Porterville, Newfoundland

          ~Looks like the labor alone would add up to that Rick!  Nice truck! ~ Gallery Gal.

          Many of us are in the hobby because we like old stuff. Well Rick's part of something cool besides the truck. "I live in a small town of about 50 called Porterville. Hence the last name Porter. The town was settled by my Great Great Grandfather." That's something! ~~ Editor        

23 January 2006
# 1381

From Rick :

          I have a 1965 GMC 920 4 x 4. It's a Canadian designation equal to the K-20. It has a 6" factory lift with a 292 strait six, four on the floor and was originally purchased for a Inuit community in the North, just above the Canadian tree line. So, it was in great shape, having never seen a highway or a salted road.

          Perhaps this isn't a *true* Gallery submission. It's a little early for me as I'm at least a winter away from being done. I did all the fabricating myself, bumpers, steps, etc.

          I'm wondering if these trucks are as rare as some owners believe them to be, having never seen another 4 x 4 like mine in person. It's not that important if it is rare. That's not why I bought it. I bought it as a restoration project. I was just wondering about it's rarity.


Rick Porter
Porterville, Newfoundland


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