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1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
#1413026 Mon Jun 07 2021 09:22 PM
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I recently purchased a 1955 military fire truck near Fort Riley Kansas. It has 52,000 on the clock, has had the water tank removed from the rear, and no rust on the cab. The plate shows it is a 2.5 ton, model 424V, and was formerly a tanker. I bought the truck for its engine and transmission. It has a VERY smooth running military 302 and a 5 speed transmission, all with no bad habits. The truck runs, drives, and shifts great. Its only issue is that it does need some brake work. As I mentioned, I bought it for the engine and plan to install it in my 1949 250 dually flat bed which currently has a tired 228 in it. My question for the group is, what is the estimated value of the truck minus the engine and transmission? Its such a nice chassis that I honestly have considered keeping it but its too large for anything I need and I really don't need another project. Thanks in advance for your input. Oh... and yes, the truck came with a title. - Bart

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Bart Chilcott
Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413059 Tue Jun 08 2021 02:58 AM
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Something to look into...is the title using the chassis or engine serial number for identification?

It's worth whatever the sheet metal is worth and scrap metal price for the rest of the heavy iron minus the cost of truck tire disposal.

Mike B smile

Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Mike B #1413097 Tue Jun 08 2021 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike B
Something to look into...is the title using the chassis or engine serial number for identification?

It's worth whatever the sheet metal is worth and scrap metal price for the rest of the heavy iron minus the cost of truck tire disposal.

Mike B smile


Hi Mike, the title is using the chassis serial number.


Bart Chilcott
Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413102 Tue Jun 08 2021 02:54 PM
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You might luck out and be able to get a few hundred out of the bare cab/chassis since it has a title. Very narrow group of buyers.


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Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Justhorsenround #1413104 Tue Jun 08 2021 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Justhorsenround
You might luck out and be able to get a few hundred out of the bare cab/chassis since it has a title. Very narrow group of buyers.

I have a friend who has offered to remove the engine and transmission, clean it up, replace the gaskets and main seal and install it in my 49 250 in exchange for the chassis and cab. I think that's what I'll do. The engine and transmission are in great shape. No smoke, no unusual noises. In fact, the old 302 just purrs and accelerates without any hesitation. Thanks for the input. Glad to know my original thought was my best plan.


Bart Chilcott
Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413382 Thu Jun 10 2021 02:54 AM
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Bart,

That truck is really nice, I got a ‘55 GMC 373 with a 270 in it, they are easy to work on, easy to get parts for.

Ed

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'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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413401 Thu Jun 10 2021 11:47 AM
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Sounds like a great deal, Bart!

And for what its worth ... On the vehicle VIN ... Be sure to check the title, the chassis/actual GM VIN Plate and the Army data plate to be *sure* the numbers all agree. I ran into a sticky issue once with an M-37 that was titled using the Army data plate serial number which was supposedly the same as the GM VIN ... and it was *not* frown The lazy Army dogs had dropped several digits off. Maryland never cared, but the Ohio State Trooper who was verifying the VIN when I transferred the title to a buyer in Ohio knew to crawl under the vehicle and check the VIN stamped in the frame rail. A nasty surprise for all of us. The State Trooper understood exactly what was going on but as the numbers didn't match exactly, his hands were tied. Of course, that was a Dodge and this is a Stovebolt and I'm not sure if the TF trucks have their VINs stamped anywhere ... but ... the lesson learned on the "Steel Soldiers" is to check the paperwork carefully against what's actually on the vehicle as they don't always agree ... frown

But if your friend is going to be just taking it for the cab and scrapping the chassis ... not an issue. Unless the cab having an an associated title is important...

Just one more thing to worry about instead of sleeping at 0215 .... smile

JM


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Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413402 Thu Jun 10 2021 11:50 AM
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Oh and which 5-speed is it? Not all 5-speeds are improvements over the SM-420 4-speed .... wink Hopefully it is the OverDrive one ... the gurus can check the model number for you and tell.


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
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'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
Barcho #1413503 Fri Jun 11 2021 03:25 AM
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Most OD trans’ have OD right and forward, direct straight back, right.

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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: 1955 GMC 424V (2.5 TON) MILITARY FIRE TRUCK
EdPruss #1413504 Fri Jun 11 2021 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by EdPruss
Most OD trans’ have OD right and forward, direct straight back, right.

Ed
This is the shift pattern on the 5 speed in the donor 2.5 ton truck.

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