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.
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.