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I found my unicorn!
#1333229 Sun Nov 10 2019 07:55 PM
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Hello! Thanks for allowing me in the forum. I have run a few old beauties over the years, but there was one dream truck that has always eluded me. I have always wanted a '55 first series GMC, short wheelbase. For me that is as good as it gets. I have always thought it was the perfect truck, but chances of finding one were nill. I just stumbled on one that was absolutely pristine! No rust through. 33K miles. The seat cover isn't even torn. The old napa 6 volt battery with positive ground is still there. even those cool old GMC gauges are intact and look amazing. I am just over the top and can't quit staring at her and planning!

There will be a lot of work to get it to the level that I want, but it is an amazing starting point.

cheers,
RK

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Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333255 Sun Nov 10 2019 11:56 PM
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Congrats. Appears to be a good solid start to planning out your future with that old girl.

Was it a Kentucky barn find?

Last edited by Apache1; Mon Nov 11 2019 12:02 AM.




Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333256 Mon Nov 11 2019 12:01 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,196
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Ruff, Welcome to the Garage?
Ask away in the proper forum topics and you will get answers.
Glad you found your dream truck and keep us posted on what you do with it. (With Pictures).

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
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'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333283 Mon Nov 11 2019 04:43 AM
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Posts: 3,540
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Welcome!
Looks like you found a nice one!
Doesn't look like it needs a whole lot of work. What are your plans for it?


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333307 Mon Nov 11 2019 01:16 PM
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Shop Shark
Awesome

Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333341 Mon Nov 11 2019 04:25 PM
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I have a 630 with that panel, like it.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333396 Mon Nov 11 2019 11:37 PM
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It came out of an old farmer's barn in IN.

To be totally honest, I bought it with the intention of making a really cool tow vehicle for the camper. I was going to drop it on some Dodge1 ton running gear with a 5.9 Cummins and 5 speed and have the coolest toy hauler around.

But......once I got her home and really started crawling in under and around and saw how totally original it was and all of the sheet metal is still so perfect? I think I am going to have to go with a slightly modified restoration. I think she will be put back to almost original. I will keep the old 248 as long as it will run. I hate split wheel so those have to go. I will likely upgrade the wiring, what little there is of it. And I will definitely add a dual pot master cylinder / booster unit. Really, other than that? clean it, paint it, rhino line the really vulnerable bits and drive the snot out of her every chance I get.

Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333438 Tue Nov 12 2019 07:05 AM
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Unicorn is right - that is so cool!


1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1333462 Tue Nov 12 2019 03:58 PM
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Ruff,
I have a Dodge Cummins 4wd chassis if you ever change your mind.

Ed

Last edited by EdPruss; Tue Nov 12 2019 03:59 PM.

'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: I found my unicorn!
Ruff Kut #1348957 Fri Mar 06 2020 01:30 AM
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thumbs_up Congrats!


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