I am beginning a restoration on this 1956 GMC Truck. It has a 270ci engine and a SM420 4 speed manual. I am finally starting to restore the truck, which we acquired in late 2006, and had parked in my garage since then.
The truck has been in my wife’s family since it was bought by her great grandfather in 1956. It was used to haul ice and wood in Payson, Arizona. The truck had been parked for many years until I towed it to our home in Peoria, Arizona.
I am amazed that there is really very little rust damage other than the cab corners. There is some surface rust, but overall I think I am fortunate not to have to do too much rust repair.
I intend to keep the truck mostly stock because I want people to see a good representation of what the truck looked like when it was new. However, I will make some modifications to the brakes, move the gas tank and add seat belts for safety reasons.
I am sure I have no idea of the headaches to come with this project, but I am glad I have this excellent resource to refer too when the time comes. Front Side Engine