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Old 11-24-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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55 2nd serie GMC

Here is my project, i will post lots of pictures (i think pictures are worth a thousand words) because i dont like typing. If anyone has any question please ask. I started this project about 5 years ago so the first bunch of pictures are going to be from way back. Bought the truck from a friend of mine who had it in is back yard for six or seven years but never rely did anything with it. This story actualy started 40 years ago. First picture shows me siting on the fender of my dad 55 GMC.

Here it show the truck where i found it and when i first got it home.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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Re: 55 2nd serie GMC

looks like a decent truck, good luck with the build and kep us posted
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:12 AM   #3
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Oh Yea, It looks a lot better than what most guys get to start with lately.

+1 on the keep us posted and up to date on the build and redo.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: 55 2nd serie GMC

Here are a few more pictures. First thing i did was to replace the roof. Upper edge of windshield was pretty rusty. Put in a gas door into the drv side rear fender to go with under bed gas tank.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:20 AM   #5
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Oh Yea, It looks a lot better than what most guys get to start with lately.

+1 on the keep us posted and up to date on the build and redo.
always looks better until you start taking things apart.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:52 PM   #6
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Re: 55 2nd serie GMC

Here are some pictures of the flip hood kit i installed last winter. Yes the hood is of a 57 Chevrolet.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:49 PM   #7
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cool keep the pic's coming.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:00 PM   #8
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Nice project, keep the pics coming.
Why did you go with a Chevy hood?
Where did you get that gas filler door from?

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:12 PM   #9
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Nice project, keep the pics coming.
Why did you go with a Chevy hood?
Where did you get that gas filler door from?

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I didn't like the big hole in the front of the GMC hood. The gas door is out of a Dakota truck , don't remember what year.
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Next pictures are from the box side that I modified. The box sides that came with my truck were somewhat rusty and have a lot of dents. So I bought a decent set of 3/4 ton truck sides that I shrunk to 1/2 ton size. I found out to keep the fenders at the right place the sides had to be cut at both ends. I cut about 9 inchs of the front and 2 inches of the rear. The last pictures shows the rear bumper mod. 1980 Malibu wagon rear bumper with 10 inches cut out of the centre.
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:55 PM   #11
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Good work. Check your bed rail location in relation to the tank filler spout. I have the same gas tank and on my 59 short fleetside the bed rail lands on the filler. Bed rail can't be moved it supports the wheel well. I think they designed it for step sides and didn't mock it up on the later fleet sides. I had to notch the rail and reinforce the side that was left with steel angle.
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:01 PM   #12
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Pictures are informative and entertaining,,and much appreciated,,,keep them coming-THANKS !!-KB
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Welcome aboard and glad to see another canuck and close by, i really like the work that you have done so far on the truck, out of curiousity, i was wondering where you found the visor for your truck , i have been looking for one all over the place here and can not find one, great build, would love to see apic of your 55? in the background there, thanks

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Old 11-29-2008, 11:13 AM   #14
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Welcome aboard and glad to see another canuck and close by, i really like the work that you have done so far on the truck, out of curiousity, i was wondering where you found the visor for your truck , i have been looking for one all over the place here and can not find one, great build, would love to see apic of your 55? in the background there, thanks

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Thank you. I was lucky the sun visor came with the truck. Keep an eye on ebay I see them on there every now and then for sale. I like like your project nice truck. Here a pic of my 55 Belair.
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what is the color of your 55 called i want to paint my 54 gmc that color.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:23 PM   #16
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what is the color of your 55 called i want to paint my 54 gmc that color.
The 55 Belair color is Regal Turquoise and India Ivory.

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Good work. Check your bed rail location in relation to the tank filler spout. I have the same gas tank and on my 59 short fleetside the bed rail lands on the filler. Bed rail can't be moved it supports the wheel well. I think they designed it for step sides and didn't mock it up on the later fleet sides. I had to notch the rail and reinforce the side that was left with steel angle.
You had me worry for a second and half . But no the step side floor crossmember doesn't hit the tank filler. see picture attached.
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71 firebirb Front clip work was done about 5 years ago
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More front clip work
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thanks i love that color Regal Turquoise.
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Re: 55 2nd serie GMC

nice belair, how long have you had that, nice work on the clip, i just finished doin that to the 58, works great and drops it nice. what kind of tank is that?
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nice belair, how long have you had that, nice work on the clip, i just finished doin that to the 58, works great and drops it nice. what kind of tank is that?
Had the Belair for about 25 years now. The tank is aluminum 19 gal, i bought it of ebay ,came from CPP.
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Here the front frame extension.
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Where did you get the four link and panhard bar from? More pics of it?
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I bought it of ebay but it came from Heidt's Hot Rod Shop. It comes as a bolt on kit with a little welding required. The diff bracket and panhard bar bracket need welding. Here some pics of the install i did last winter.
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