AWESOME PATINA PAINT JOB, 350CI MOTOR, TH350 TRANS, NICE WOOD BED, COOL PICKUP!
Trucks like this are from a simpler time. Both life and the machines were simpler. Barn find trucks that recall that feeling are very cool and the look has become popular. However, the process that created that look would continue and go beyond the desired effects unless it was tended to. So, Patina paint jobs like the one on this truck and a couple of mechanical updates enable you to have a nice driver with a low maintenance paint job. Check it out.
In 1958 these GMCs were called the Blue-Chip Series. This one is appropriately restored in a nice shade of Blue with just the right amount of fading and wear frozen in time. It even has a Moon Pie logo on the doors as might have been found back in the day. The hood for this year was restyled with a pair of ridges that create a valley in the middle of it. Under the leading edge of the hood is a full width grill in white with a GMC logo in the center and marker lights at each end with a white bumper underlining that. The front fenders slant forward with dual headlights and then bulge out over the front wheels. A step side bed has those great looking separate fenders and a tailgate with GMC outlined in white on the dark patina of the gate. The wood in the bed looks perfectly aged and there is even a vintage oil can and water jug for the guys at the job site.
When you open the door, you will find a nicely redone blue interior with a silver dashboard. The door panel has a blue cloth upper where the window crank and door handle are mounted with the scalloped bottom being painted. A blue cloth bench seat trimmed in vinyl is sharp looking and comfortable. The view out the wrap-around windshield is great and there is a big 'ol 3 spoke steering wheel with a GMC center to wrap your hands around. The silver dash board is topped by blue vinyl and has a black insert in front of the driver with the gauges symmetrically arranged on each side. Speedo, voltage and fuel on the left, and Tach, water and oil on the right. The shifter for the automatic transmission comes up from the floor and has a unique, custom shift knob made out of the end of a camshaft.
Under the hood you will find a nicely updated drivetrain nestled down in a neat and clean engine bay with a couple dress up items that keep the simple look expected in a truck like this, but does it with a bit of style. It is a 350 cubic inch V8 mated to a 3-speed TH350 automatic transmission. The engine has a black air filter housing with a polished top for a little flash. It is feeding air to an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold and ribbed valve covers are also Edelbrock items proudly announcing that in script. As this restoration only has 96 miles on it all the belts and hoses as well as the battery and radiator are of course new. Keeping with the period correct simple theme, there is no A/C or power steering or power brakes cluttering up the engine bay. The rubber meets the road through 235/75R15 tires mounted on red steel wheels with hub caps.
A barn find look with a couple of modern updates for nice drivability. Come on down, check it out, and maybe drive it on home to your own barn.
- Cloth Interior
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Front Suspension
- Leaf Springs w/ Shocks
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Springs w/ Shocks
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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