1952 GMC Pickup
1952 GMC Pickup
When comparing same size Chevy and GMC frames of the same year, most people are unaware that the GMC frame is longer than the Chevy frames. This is to accommodate the longer motor. Remember that GMC engines were truck engines and not car engines adapted to trucks. Full pressure oiling and inset bearings from 1939 make a GMC a truck. The front cross member of a GMC is totally different from a Chevy truck due to the above. GMC motors will not fit into a Chevy truck without a short water pump added, due to the above. GMC engines were either Avocado, Dark Green or GMC Red depending upon year.
For consignment a GMC amalgamation if you will on this restoration, taking liberties with various replaced parts of more modern vehicles, a souped up newer engine, and suspension. Add in a custom interior, and beautiful restored wood lined oak bed painstakingly restored and ladies and gentlemen, we have a really cool GMC truck custom.
Starting out as the standard GMC pickup from 1952, all parts were taken off the frame, meticulously restored then put back on. Fenders and grille have been replated, and a curved bumper below frames the bottom of the trunk. The large iconic chromed GMC badge which was attached into the top of the grille is making us very aware of the original manufacturer, and it is all truck. The hood, and upper cab and bed are now showing in the deep end of the pool, wine/maroon with nice black window surrounds. A bulbous hood mates up with the grille and is flanked by front rounded fenders. On the back, curved steel fenders wrap around the rear tires and are also bathed in wine. Mounted on the frame is now a beautifully crafted oak bed, with metal separators, and this bed is within a pristine metal sided bed. The rear bumper has gone by the wayside, and attention to every detail is what makes this truck great. Right down to the classic logo GMC step plate on the running board. 18-inch dark gray satin spoked Boss Motorsports wheels are wrapped in like new rubber on all 4 corners.
As any artisan who takes on a project as such would do, we open the doors and already we are over the top with stitched leather in beige uppers and black shiny painted metal for the bottoms. Cranks and handles are excellent, and surrounding metal edging is painted tan on the sills and yellow on the bottoms. As we take our wandering eyes into the passenger compartment, we are greeted with 2 wide overstuffed red leather late model buckets which fill the interior space from door to door and flank a beige center console which was custom fabricated. Continuing to the front, the original dash setup has been retained, but now presents in wine with original instruments completely restored to their circular bezeled, black background, white type glory. Vintage air, heat and defrost has been added, and now an AM/FM CD radio graces the dash just below the Vintage A/C. Due to the 12-volt conversion, windshield wipers are now electrified, with no more vacuum to rely on. A long stick shifter rises from the pristine thick pile beige carpet and has a flame marble top knob. A two-tone retro styled rally steering wheel sits atop a tilting and fully adjustable column which is painted beige. A shout out to the headliner which is now beige broadcloth and appears as nice and tight and wraps around the interior of the cab as well. Keep it simple is the mantra for this truck and it works wonderfully throughout.
A 350ci Chevrolet engine now graces the pristine and fully restored mirror firewall, engine bay. Inside a few mods have been added on like a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, chromed valve covers, and a new Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. A 12-bolt axle on back awaits the power to be pushed rearwards to it. An aluminum radiator keeps everything cool on this consigner stated 330hp mill.
A totally restored black painted rust-free frame is noted underneath. Bolted to this is a Mustang II front clip, and coil-overs, and on the back are leaf springs. Power discs upfront, and power drums for the rear, and also a Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust is seen working its way rearward from the headers. Wood is near perfect just as above, and there are no runs, drips, or errors near the transmission and engine underside.
This snappy pickup fired right up, and it was off to the test track where it handled all tasks put before it just swimmingly. Great acceleration, good handling for a truck, and plenty of stopping power. Steering was very smooth, and the transmission shifted effortlessly. All comfortable and all working on the interior control fronts. A great cruiser with a nice exhaust tune, that has you looking swell driving it.
A full body off restoration done with obvious passion, and usage of that deep wine color paint, some shaving going on with the rear bumper, and lots of newly plated trimmings. A scrumptious interior with the overstuffed seats and perfect dash and carpet, and air, heat and defrost. Turn the key and drive away to do some work, or just cruise around and turn some heads! I'm taking the day off.
P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
60927-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.