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1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
#1353761 Mon Apr 06 2020 08:47 PM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 15
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'Bolter
Hey Team,

I am going to try and share my truck build bit by bit. I'm almost 3 years in now but this is where it all started, finding a truck in Alberta an hour away from me and bringing it home. Yes it had great Patina but Patina is not my thing. I want to paint and build everything I can. This is my 1949 GMC Truck Build from Stock full frame off Restomod.

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1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1353764 Mon Apr 06 2020 08:56 PM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 15
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'Bolter
So not long after I got the truck home I began disassembly and gathering the parts I would need right away. New engine and transmission as well Mustang II IFS and a 4 link rear with a Ford 9" rear end.
As with most old things, a lot of the bolts fought me to come loose but I found out just how well built these trucks were.

It seems like researching parts and trying to find things that won't break the bank takes the longest but its been totally worth it to this point. While on quarantine and running out of parts I'm trying to document everything I have done. I have tons of pics so please feel free to ask anything !

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1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1353804 Tue Apr 07 2020 12:05 AM
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'Bolter
Awesome truck! Is that Ferrara Blue i see on the firewall? Looks just like my 49. Glad to see another smart swapper on board. You will love that 4.8! I originally planned on one but a 5.3 kinda fell in my lap cheap so I scooped it up and made use of it.

Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
Barnfind49 #1353889 Tue Apr 07 2020 04:07 PM
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Posts: 15
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'Bolter
Hey Barnfind49, I actually don't have a good reason for my 4.8L except that I wanted to keep the truck "economical" fuel wise haha. But later down the line I think I will either beef up the 4.8L or move to a 6.0.
Sidebar to this, did you do any wiper motor replacement? I am really stumped on this at the moment and I want to do it while the underside of the dash is bare.


1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1353919 Tue Apr 07 2020 06:46 PM
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'Bolter
Yea i took it out, cleaned it up and got the switching valve unstuck. Fed it some lube and hooked up the vac line and it runs like a champ now. I rarely drive in the rain but they work as good as they did in ‘49.

Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1354092 Wed Apr 08 2020 10:05 PM
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'Bolter
I did pretty much the same to my wiper motor cleaned up nice works good enough!


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Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1354390 Fri Apr 10 2020 02:08 PM
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Nice 49. Were those duel horns on the firewall stock on the GMC? I thought all horns were mounted on the intake.


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
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Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
olezippi #1354930 Mon Apr 13 2020 03:23 AM
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I honestly can't say. I bought my truck from a farmer in Alberta who's grandpa bought it new and it did not appear to be modified in any way. I have since given the horns to my buddy whose building a ratrod Model A.


1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1354989 Mon Apr 13 2020 04:05 PM
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Well Once I got the truck stripped and torn down it was time to get the frame boxed, new suspension mounted and the modern engine and transmission dropped into the frame with new mounts. My frame was in great shape so I wire wheeled the entire frame and then coated it with a rust converter followed by Caterpillar black bull dozer paint. Turned out great and its easy to touch up. I have a friend who's a welder who helped big time with the boxing and since the project was going to need more welding I bought a TIG welder and he gave me lessons, I have since done a bunch of work by myself including making and fabbing my own transmission tunnel.

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Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
olezippi #1355855 Sat Apr 18 2020 02:51 PM
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'Bolter
Hey
Originally Posted by olezippi
Nice 49. Were those duel horns on the firewall stock on the GMC? I thought all horns were mounted on the intake.

I just recently saw another truck round here with the same horn stop. So I'm thinking it may be a slight variation or option that some Canadian built trucks had. Sadly I never heard mine toot haha


1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1369175 Wed Jul 15 2020 11:06 AM
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David,

Haven't seen any post lately. hows the build going? Got any new pics? We all like pics.


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
1949 5 Window 3100
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Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1369196 Wed Jul 15 2020 03:29 PM
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I follow him on instagram. He’s actually moving along pretty quickly. Last i saw was the interior getting finished with a nice painted dash.

Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
olezippi #1387580 Tue Dec 08 2020 07:57 PM
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Posts: 15
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'Bolter
Hey ! Sorry Life has been a whirlwind on this end but the truck is progressing. I have the main body back from paint and I have my interior panels back from upholstery. Unfortunately I started logging my build late so you get to see the result of 3 years of off and on work now. Ask anything you'd like I will be on here more now. I'm not even going to try and backlog my progress as I think I have about 5000 pictures now of this build. Feel free to follow me on instagram @davidpcormier, I post on there lots.

As of recently I have completed my brake lines, fuel tank install, welded my underbed storage framing, welded up my exhaust. I still have yet to start my motor recently but that is coming, I have new coils, new wires, March serpentine kit, basically new everything you can bolt on. I'm hoping to start it in January and then get final assembly together. I have also chosen my bedwood and cut it to length. Get ready for picture upload craziness here shortly. Also if there is something you want to see that I don't post please just ask and I will put it up.

The colour on my truck is now BMW San Marino Metallic Blue, it flows from bright blue to purple to nearly black as the light fades across it. Wheels are 18" Ridler wheels all around wrapped in MOMO tires. The box is all new sheet metal from Pros pick and I love it. Easy assembly and amazing price. I know everyone is Mar-K fans but the with the terrible Canadian exchange rate I wanted to find something in Canada and I managed too!

Again sorry for the verbal overload but here is the cole's notes of 3 years of build through 3 moves and multiple tow truck rides haha

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1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1387581 Tue Dec 08 2020 07:59 PM
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More photos of progress along the way.

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1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1435898 Mon Jan 03 2022 09:43 PM
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Posts: 15
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Hey Team,

Long overdue for an update here. I have adjusted my ride height to roughly where I like it and I think it will stay. The truck has been run on the lift but I had some break bleed issues to sort out so the first drive will be in the spring here in Calgary, AB. My winter project is to get my bedwood finished and mounted in the bed. I cut 2 storage compartment tops in the bed and welded storage bins that sit under the bed to keep straps or whatever out of the way.

The final items I have to check off my list are to install my driver side window and window track and then get the carpet in and get off to my OOP. Next summer should be filled with cruising.

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1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1436033 Tue Jan 04 2022 07:50 PM
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I am where you were 3 years ago except mine is a 3600 (3/4 ton) and trying to make some project decisions.

You probably already answered these questions but if you would not mind I would appreciate any information that you can provide.
What engine and transmission did you use? Appears to be a Vortec but unclear beyond that.
Who's steering column and gauges did you use?
What brake pedal, and brake booster did you use?
Is the fuel tank a custom made fuel cell, it appears to fit neatly in the rear frame section? Where did you put the fuel filler?

Thanks for any insight that you can provide.


1949/50 3600 Project
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
WICruiser #1436040 Tue Jan 04 2022 08:18 PM
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All good ! I have spent more time than I care to admit researching and making sure things fit, and when they didn't I made them fit !

My engine is nothing special, it is a Gen 3 4.8L Vortec, I think the years are like 97 -03 or something like that that, I put a march serpentine Kit on the front of it and painted it up the way I wanted using VHT High Heat Paint. The serpentine kit is overkill for my application but I love the look and hopefully my belt doesn't slip.
For my steering column I bought an ebay column similar to this one. I bought a 33" but 1 or 2" shorter would be ideal. https://www.ebay.com/itm/265287632760?hash=item3dc4600778:g:u0MAAOSwsrZhKUgw
For my brake pedal I bought one of the behind the dash mounting brackets and power brake booster combo's. I originally mounted my booster under the floor but that posed issues for exhaust routing. If you duckduckgo "1947-53 CHEVY TRUCK 8" FIREWALL POWER BRAKE BOOSTER CONVERSION KIT" you will find lots of people offer it. Just make sure you get the proper setup whether you are disc drum, drum drum, or disc disc.

My fuel tank is from Performance online. it is a 19 Gallon tank aluminum tank. Readily available on their site. If you need help let me know. I did have to trim the front part of my rear crossmember to make it fit as nicely as you see haha. But overall not bad at all.
My fuel filler was dictated by the tank and I have an in bed fuel filler not yet mounted but if you want more details feel free to ask away !


1949 GMC Half Ton midway through its frame off restoration
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1436063 Tue Jan 04 2022 10:18 PM
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Very pretty. You can tell a lot of time and thought has gone into your build. thumbs_up


Craig

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Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
David Cormier #1436085 Tue Jan 04 2022 10:58 PM
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Thanks for all the detailed information. Hopefully (and it may be wishful thinking) I will progress a little faster by taking advantage of what all that have gone before me have learned.


1949/50 3600 Project
Re: 1949 GMC 1/2 Ton 4.8L 4L80e Restomod
TUTS 59 #1436166 Wed Jan 05 2022 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
Very pretty. You can tell a lot of time and thought has gone into your build. thumbs_up


Thank you sir !


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