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1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
#1322876 Wed Aug 21 2019 05:45 PM
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Well, not much work done on the old truck, yet.
But, we did have fun on the Fourth!
This is the old fellow, hauling “ The Montana Bluegrass Hotshots” band.
Seeley Lake.

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The song? “Fireball Mail” !

I have a large carbon footprint. That’s why my wife makes me take off my boots in the house.
1963 Chevy half ton stepside short box 230
1954 GMC 3 ton 302
And several more Chevy camper and work trucks 1979 1987 1996
Re: 1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
Steelonsteel #1344696 Sun Feb 02 2020 07:48 PM
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What’s size motor? My 1954 470 has the 302.

Re: 1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
Steelonsteel #1344713 Sun Feb 02 2020 09:00 PM
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Hey, yes , this old 3 ton has the 302 as well. Is your truck a fire truck? Looks like not.
I’m very fond of this GMC , and am about to start in on the project of removing the in-line water pumper,
And hopefully replace with a Brownie over / direct/ under . Haven’t located the transmission yet, but am
hopeful of finding it locally in Missoula. This 302 has hardly any miles on it.
How is your 302? Have you run it a lot?


I have a large carbon footprint. That’s why my wife makes me take off my boots in the house.
1963 Chevy half ton stepside short box 230
1954 GMC 3 ton 302
And several more Chevy camper and work trucks 1979 1987 1996
Re: 1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
Steelonsteel #1345061 Wed Feb 05 2020 03:12 AM
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I bought it right before I left to go back to Las Vegas for work. We had it running and driving in the field. It quit getting fuel (guessing fuel pump). She runs great just need to look at brakes. Truck has 17k miles one it. Hoping to find a hydraulic lift for the bed and use it around the farm when I’m in town.

Re: 1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
Steelonsteel #1345077 Wed Feb 05 2020 06:28 AM
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Sounds like a good low mileage 302!
I had an issue with my fuel pump, when moving the truck 80 miles or so, where it seemed to be plugged up, and starved the engine for fuel. Before ordering one I took it apart and cleaned it out, and now it works fine. It looked new inside, as does the gas tank.
The pump has the two stage,with vacuum pump included for the wipers. I haven’t gotten the wipers working yet, so not sure if the vacuum pump section is really working. I think I would have this one rebuilt, if necessary, rather than buying an after market.
But ,the truck only shows 5000 miles on it, true miles, as it was a fire truck near to us.
This truck had dry brakes too, and we bled it, and though it showed some leakage at the left rear wheel from before, it has held fluid
for a year and a half, though not driven too much. The hydro vac work excellent, you have to be careful how hard you hit the brakes !
We are retiring and I am starting in April, building a dream camper on this truck, wish me luck!
Charley


I have a large carbon footprint. That’s why my wife makes me take off my boots in the house.
1963 Chevy half ton stepside short box 230
1954 GMC 3 ton 302
And several more Chevy camper and work trucks 1979 1987 1996
Re: 1954 GMC 450 Montana Pumper
Steelonsteel #1345096 Wed Feb 05 2020 02:25 PM
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Sounds like you have a great foundation for the camper. I can’t wait to dive back into working on my truck. Hoping to be driving on the road by summer.

Matthew


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