This truck has been around our farm for quite some time. Dad, who is a 3rd generation farmer bought a nearby farm in 1968 from his dad’s friend who did not want to bother with an auction sale for his aging equipment. Hence, the former owner, after he was satisfied with the sale of his land and yard site simply walked away and went to town leaving behind the equipment for my dad to have, use, and fix up as he saw fit. This 1953 GMC 9700 was the most usable piece and was indeed our main grain truck for about 6-8 years. I have early memories of riding in this truck at harvest as a youngster. Later on, we were able to purchase a mid 70’s jimmy style grain truck for a replacement, but still used the old girl as a backup for extra capacity. By this time I was starting to drive her a bit here and there. Soon after, we began using the old truck as a water tender with 1000 gallon galvanized tank. I became the 4th generation to farm and the truck’s service life continued this way for several years until we finally switched to a larger tank and trailer combination about 5 years ago. She didn’t fire up the other day, but hopefully it won’t take much to get her going. I have either fixed or helped fix various things on this truck over the years. The truck has never sat outside except for the odd day when we were using her. I’ve decided to get her “up to snuff” again and possible modify the box bed to something like a flat bed and use it for a fuel tender and service truck. Probably will have to service or clean some of the fuel system first. Planning to put in a new 6 volt battery and new heavy gauge cable to the starter. I have already been reading some useful posts from this forum and will ask questions when they arrive. Thankfully, I still have my dad around to ask for suggestions as well. The 5th generation, my son and daughter, are curious and want to help and drive her when we get it going again, so the cycle continues.
Fantastic story and a nice looking GMC for sure. Glad to have you aboard.
.....I'm sure you may have already checked out the BIG BOLT FORUMS for the bigger trucks but I'm sure you'll have other questions for the other forums as well. That is where the guru's hang out and can can answer all your questions.
Welcome to Stovebolt and good luck on the problems. Keep us posted.