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AD Chevy Trucks

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Brad Allen has an awesome collection of Chevrolet factory pictures that he has set up from film strips.

This one is on AD Chevy trucks (1947-1955).

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01 April 2012
# 2957
Owned by
Rick Sandford
Bolter # 18647

1948 GMC 1-Ton


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From Rick :

I bought this great old truck on February 15 of this year for a whopping $1100. The guy was asking $5,000 but after much negotiation, the final price of $1100 was the deal maker. The truck listed on Craigslist and located in Spokane, Washington. The seller had bought it from a farmer in Idaho who had purchased it new in 1948.

GMC didn't make many of the 1-tons. I had a 1954 a few years ago and I wish I had kept it. When I came across this one, I felt I had to have it. It has the standard 8-lug dually rims and a 9 foot bed.

The truck is all original from front to back (except for the seat) but I have the original as well. The previous owner had put bucket seats in just to have seats. I took the original seat up to a shop nearby and they are getting a new make over now. The color of the seat will be pretty close to the color of the truck. (I'll include pictures on the Photobucket account when they come back - stay tuned!)

I tore out all the old wiring including all switches and bulbs. I installed a new Painless wiring harness and should finish that up this weekend. It is almost like a GM harness but everything is labeled. You basically set the wire, put your connectors on and you are done.

I replaced the old gauges and speedometer with a new set of Dolphin gauges and it makes the dash look totally different - more authentic.

The tires are in good shape, too. I will probably change the front steering tires just to be safe.

As you can see from the picture above, it doesn't have a bed. I just purchased a 9' x 7'6" flatbed for $240 that needs nothing. It's in great shape. I found that in Dundee, Oregon advertised on Craigslist. I had to go for a three hour drive to pick it up but the price and condition made it worth the trip. Around this area where I live, these kinds of parts are hard to get hold of for less than $1500. Seems like everyone has a flat bed truck.

I ordered all new glass and seals for the hole truck cab. I ordered that from the Truck and Car Shop out of California. They treated me pretty good. Their service was outstanding and prices were very competitive. All that should be here the first of next week.

I pulled the running boards off and bead blasted them. Just painted them black.

The engine is a 248 and is tight and runs smooth. The brakes work great as well as everything else. The front end is in great shape. The carburetor will be changed out with a brand new Rochester one-barrel that I have on the shelf. The float bowl is over flowing on the old one.

Other then that and a quick buffing, she'll be ready for summer fun.

I have another project truck, a 1953 Chevy. I have been doing a total frame off restoration on it. My Dad bought it in 1967. It caught fire when I was working on in in 1998. I put the truck up in the canyon for several years. I just got it out not too long ago.

I should get both of these trucks done about the same time.

I watch Craigslist a lot. I have three extra trucks sitting around. I know other guys who are trying to restore their trucks with original parts or trying to find parts. We are in a very dry climate where I live and the trucks are solid. I have totally stripped several of them and have sent off parts to folks who need them. It's hard to find dash or pedal parts. I really enjoy that and it's another hobby of mine. Most of them are Chevy's. The '48 is the first GMC I have had. I only mess with 47.5 - '53. They changed so much in '54 that I don't mess with them.

As for any more good deals ... you never know what's around until you start digging!

Thanks for looking.



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