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#665724 - Wed Jul 28 2010 03:50 AM My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball  
switchlamp  Offline
New Guy
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 12
california
My 1959 GMC DF 860 cannonball arrived last month from Illinois. I have been working on it for the past 6 weeks getting it registered, servicing engine and drivetrain, waxing, etc. It was in excellent shape but had sat for 3 years. Then the fun began and I removed the 5th wheel and added a short flatbed. Found some missing emblems an ebay and a fan for the interior. Fixed a few leaks. Lowered the rear fenders and shortened the mudflaps. It runs excellent and have gotten pretty good at shifting. Seems easier to not use the clutch. I am going to haul hay on it for our horses. My wife has yet to ride in it. She opened the door and said" I thought it would be like the trucks in Trick my truck " Man, no appreciation for history. Her friends are liking it and since I put the flatbed on it it seems to have shrunk in size so she will accompany me to our big car show up here in Tehachapi in August. I have put 300 m iles on it and really like it. I have been looking for one off and on for a few years but a medical scare in April finally pushed me to do it while you can. This group looks to be a lot of fun. Take care and stop by if in Tehachapi for a ride, Tom www.thepetposter.com/cannon.html



#665726 - Wed Jul 28 2010 03:59 AM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: switchlamp]  
andy46  Offline
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washington state
Congrats, thats a beautiful truck !


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#665767 - Wed Jul 28 2010 06:09 AM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: andy46]  
crenwelge  Offline
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Fredericksburg, Texas
That has got to be the nicest cannonball I've ever seen. They didn't even look that nice when they were new. And I'm old enough to remember when they were new.


#666157 - Thu Jul 29 2010 05:08 PM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: crenwelge]  
Rich'sToys  Offline
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Janesville, Mn
Very nice GMC!
And what's that one you're winching the flatbed around with?


Rich

'47 Loadmaster


Politicians and Lawyers have twisted everything in this country into knots that we can never unravel.


I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.





#666160 - Thu Jul 29 2010 05:20 PM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: Rich'sToys]  
andy46  Offline
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washington state
I had to look at this again, it really is a nice rig, and yes the new flatbed looks much better than the huge school bell?
Haa!! Haa!!
Whats up with that? Was it a package deal?


1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton
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#666290 - Fri Jul 30 2010 02:37 AM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: andy46]  
switchlamp  Offline
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california
The flatbed was loaded into my pickup with a 1937 ? , not sure but I think it was an International. All I know is it had no brakes but did the job. I unloaded the bed from my pickup with my tractor and redid the deck after installing it on the 860. The bell was from a locomotive and used as a backup signal. It came with the truck and ws given to a friend who collects train stuff. Thanks for looking, next will be full chrome fenders on the rear and short black mudflaps. Longterm will be polished Budd wheels.

Last edited by switchlamp; Fri Jul 30 2010 02:39 AM.

#666291 - Fri Jul 30 2010 02:37 AM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: andy46]  
Garandboy  Offline
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Santa Cruz Ca.
great lookin truck, what engine does it have?


#666292 - Fri Jul 30 2010 02:41 AM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: Garandboy]  
switchlamp  Offline
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california
Detroit 6-71 with 9 speed roadranger. Replaced a gasket today and got the tranmission to stop leaking !!


#666377 - Fri Jul 30 2010 01:47 PM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: switchlamp]  
Rich'sToys  Offline
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Janesville, Mn
Originally Posted By switchlamp
The flatbed was loaded into my pickup with a 1937 ? , not sure but I think it was an International. All I know is it had no brakes but did the job.


Actually, that's another Big Bolt also--either a Chevy, or another GMC, I'm not exactly sure. I thought maybe that was yours too.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster


Politicians and Lawyers have twisted everything in this country into knots that we can never unravel.


I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.





#666640 - Sat Jul 31 2010 04:23 PM Re: My new , old GMC DF860 Cannonball [Re: Rich'sToys]  
oldiron57  Offline
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Raleigh, North Carolina
The old boom truck looks like a late 40's International, I've seen a few around NC.

As for the DF860 is the transmission original or a modern replacement? A lot of the late 50's to early 60's diesel trucks used the roadranger R96 transmission which was a long case 10 speed with cable range shift, 5 low side and 5 on the high. This was around before the twin countershaft RT910 came out. We used both roadrangers when we were changing over from gas burning Chevys to diesel White 9000's and 4000's in the mid 70's.

James


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