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Posted February 22, 2013 - 11:29 PM

I finished the dash rebuild in my '55 GMC a week ago and thought I would post a before and after pic.

 

Hope y'all like it---DAC

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Posted February 23, 2013 - 04:15 AM

Good to see the old truck getting some love!


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Posted February 23, 2013 - 09:41 AM

Nice job on the dash and wheel, looks factory fresh! :thumbs:


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Posted February 23, 2013 - 11:23 AM

Looks great. I had to do some studying to realize they were the same truck.


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Posted February 23, 2013 - 10:47 PM

Good to see the old truck getting some love!

Thanks, Kenny, it will never be a show vehicle but it is just fun fixing 'em up. 

 

Nice job on the dash and wheel, looks factory fresh! :thumbs:

I appreciate it Bmerf. The steering wheel could have been smoother but I had to hurry up the repairs as my daughter was bringing her wounded car into town for me to repair again so I had to get this truck out of the shop. The dash and bezel colors are actually brush painted and the satin black is Krylon spray bombs.

 

Looks great. I had to do some studying to realize they were the same truck.

Thank-you too, I had the clock given to me by a friend and I scored a stock ashtray and heater control at a local crusher last summer. Also put the new brake and clutch pedal pads on it too, so all that stuff probably made it harder to believe it is the same truck. This really was done on the cheap as with the parts, paint and guage decal kit this dash project was done for under $100. Took me almost a month working on it.


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 05:40 AM

Even if it's not a show truck, just taking the time to make it better is always good! Have fun with it!


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 08:55 PM

I haven't updated this thread in a long time! Last Saturday my wife talked me into getting out of the shop for a day and taking the '55 on a drive up into the hills. It was my first Saturday off work in a month and the weather great for once so I had plans on getting some stuff done around here. It didn't happen but the drive was worth it. After our 80 mile drive we put the old truck to work hauling a few bags of chicken feed for our egg supplier too!

 

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 04:32 AM

Great scenery up there! The GMC looks right at home!


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Man you said you had some projects but man i wish i had thouse

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Posted April 06, 2016 - 07:41 PM

Great scenery up there! The GMC looks right at home!

The Black Hills are small but a lot of beauty packed into them. Everyting always looks nice when the weather is nice. Seems to be a rarity this spring, We had 78 mph winds here at out house last night.

 

Man you said you had some projects but man i wish i had thouse

Get back on your stepside soon as you can. It will help get you over your recent loss.

 

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Posted April 07, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The Black Hills are small but a lot of beauty packed into them. Everyting always looks nice when the weather is nice. Seems to be a rarity this spring, We had 78 mph winds here at out house last night.
 

Get back on your stepside soon as you can. It will help get you over your recent loss.
 
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No it wont my father still moning and i can't work on it with out him
But thanks TC
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Posted June 10, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Hi GTT, I don't have much to report on tractors besides mowing and that is a big turnaround from last year at this time. 2015 was mowing at least twice a week with parts of the yard under water, and this spring 7 to 10 days seems sufficient without it getting out of control.

 

Here's an update on one of my trucks, a 1970 GMC K5 Jimmy. 44 years ago today, June 10th, 1972 our lives and this truck were all we had left after a flash flood. 238 of our neighbors were killed. We spent the night of June 9-10 in it during torrential rains and some of the most intense lightning I have ever seen. Being homeless on this day 44 years ago was still probably the most strange and helpless feeling I have ever felt.

 

Mom bought it in spring, 1971 and drove it until summer of 2001---yeah slightly over 30 years. She was starting to struggle to get up in it and there was a rattle in the engine or drive train somewhere. My brother-in-law in Denver gave her a car and Mom gave the Jimmy to me. I drove it off and on until 2005 when I started doing some repairs. Money and taking care of Mom in her final years has made this a very long-term project but we are getting to the point that it may be running under it's own power again this summer. The rattle was a badly cracked flex plate.

 

I finally saved enough to buy a very low mile engine last week so after I finished the transfer case rebuild in March and the TH350 transmission a few years ago, things are in line to start installing those components soon as the front frame is cleaned and painted. I'm also painting this engine GMC red which was still how it was done in 1970.

 

This used engine was a LOT cheaper than rebuilding the original one but I'm keeping all the original stuff not being used to go with it when someone buys it after I croak. Seems these K5's are gaining in popularity so it may have a little value then. It's not a complete resto, as I want some evidence visible of how little it was molested through the years.

 

I could go on and on since it's been in the family 45 years but here's some pics instead.

 

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Posted June 11, 2016 - 07:32 AM

Great truck. The family history really makes it special.
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Posted June 11, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Great truck. The family history really makes it special.

Thanks, UncleWillie, I got my learner's permit drivers license in it early in 1972. Found this pic of me with the truck in a field after the flood. I tried to restore it best I could.

 

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Posted June 27, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Hey GTT, the engine is coming along, ordering parts when they can be fit into the budget. Recent arrivals are a one wire 110 amp alternator, a rebuilt Q-jet, and a Pertronix ignition and coil. A correct starter with the cast iron nose should be here tomorrow and some small stuff is coming too. Gotta clean up the distributor and put in the new stuff. Finished flushing the engine with the primer tool, drained then added zinc additive then filled it with the oil it will run.

 

Mom's Jimmy ALMOST went outside yesterday for the first time since 2005. I got the pressure washer set up outside and was going to wash a big heavy rug that my wife has in our utility/mud room. It's an annual deal. Anyway the pressure washer was spraying about as much water from the valve body as it did out the wand. I must not have drained it well enough last fall and it froze. That's one more part that's coming! Found a new on at an epay store pretty reasonable.

 

Here's some pics.

 

DAC

 

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