I'd like to share with you my family owned 1959 GMC Shortbox Custom Wideside Deluxe since 1973.
As the subject line mentions, it was factory built with a 235/3 speed (261 now resides), radio and speaker, chrome gauge package, deluxe heater controls, passenger visor and door panels, head liner, dual mirrors, dual door locks, deluxe upholstery package along with the exterior stainless trim on the box side and around the windows. This was a "businessman's truck" and a far cry from a working farm truck.
EDIT ADD ON: Here's a very poor picture of it that I took as young lad while experimenting with photography... I think... can you confirm a 1959 GMC? CLUE: The picture is printed reverse I believe!
What kind of car is parked behind it? It you say what I think it to be I'll confirm. Send PM. Original ppicture
My Dad brought this truck home in 1973ish and I helped him sand it down for the brown paint job and we've had it in the family ever since. I drove it to high school in around 1980. (Parking lot stories left out on purpose)
My sister and brother-in-law did a partial lead restore with fresh brown paint in the mid 80's but it went back to dad around 1990 and really hasn't had anything done to it since except regular maintenance, a rear end change to a higher set of gears.
It's still a daily driver but needs some cancer repair and the cab has never been off the frame since it was assembled at the plant. My high school buddy has offered to do the work and am extremely honored to have him do it as he has restored many vehicles before and I know his work and attention to detail is top notch!
I found a local deal on 5 Coker 7.50R 16 107P wide white wall tires and 16" 3 clip rims to really finish it off. I've decided to restore it for a couple of reasons. One, my grandfather and my dad and I have had a real appreciation for original restored vehicles... especially the rare ones. Our stables have had or still do 1930 Chevy 3 window coupe, 1935 Chevy Standard partial resto, 1953 Chevy, 1969 442 and the 59 GMC. Second reason is it's very rare and I'd hate to see this one butchered. Third, it's so very close to original now, it's not much to take it back to original.
The 59 is going back to its original colors of Omaha Orange and Bombay Ivory accent. The front bumper will go chrome (I think) but grill and bezels will go Ivory. The stacks are going to be ancient history too!
The interior brown plaid is going the same demise as the stacks (sorry dad) because the new color scheme is not going to accept the brown plaid. The radio was out getting fixed when this picture was taken thus the glove box door and dash disassembly.
Putting the gas tank under box but will leave the existing filler cap. Carrying a spare standing up in box will not be the best but will have to do unless I can figure out another option like fastening it to the bed wood laying on its side.
Here are some pictures of it while dad drives it before it gets the make over. Daily Driver