1954 GMC Pickup Hydramatic (Neils GMC)
Last updated Sep 29, 2014
This truck has been in the family since 1964. My dad bought it with a broken crankshaft, and discovered that the crank was a one of a kind since it mated a 1954 GMC 248 ci 6 cyc. with a pontiac 4 speed automatic transmission (in the days before standardization. That was how GMC made an automatic truck). He got it running, then the water pump failed, and he was fed up with the project and parked it.
I got the truck in 1984, discovered that the only person I could find who knew how to work on the transmission was about 75 and "I was in luck, he knew how to hand cut the gaskets, and he had a set of the tools required to work on it". I realized that combined with the one of a kind Crankshaft, I had a one of a kind transmission and oh by the way, who knows how to work on a TORQUE TUBE? Now I have discovered that since it is a 1954 GMC it has a One of a kind dash as well, as it was only used in the 1954 and early 1955 GMC's.
Since then, it has has the body off frame blast and prime, Mustang II front suspension, Ford 9" rear end, tilt wheel, 400 hp SBC, Turbo 400, seat from Glide Engineering, and custom headers and stainless exhaust system installed. Eventually I expect to actually be able to drive it.
Mustang II front Suspension with disc brakes
ZZ4 5.7L (or 350) SBC with roller rockers and fast burn heads
Edelbrock Pro flow fuel injection (should make 400 horse power)
Turbo 400 transmission (plans include a Gear Vendors 2 speed)
Vintage Air front runner system
Hydramatic transmission (long gone now)
Ash tray (welded over the hole smoothed the dash)
Heater (will be replaced by a Vintage Air A/C and heat, if I can make it fit)
Mustang II Front suspension, Ford 9" rear suspension with pan hard bar, Gas tank moved to behind rear axle (fuel filler hole welded over), heater vent on outside passenger side filled and smoothed. Whole truck lowered about a foot (still about the same height as a new car). Power disc brakes front and drums in back.
Power rack steering. Tilt steering wheel.
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