1960-1966 GMC Trucks

GMC Manuals I own

1960 GMC Pikup Bank

A replica of a 1960 GMC pickup.  Very detailed.  I see these on eBay from time to time, but this one is special.  My father-in-law bought it for me while he was out here visiting.  Brand new, promotional for Car Quest auto parts store, where I just happen to buy most of my parts.

1961 GMC 1500 (3/4 ton) truck.  My first pickup.  It came with a pickup camper on it, a very rotten pickup camper.
Truck has 305 v6 engine, had a 3-speed but now has a 4-speed manual transmission.  Torsion bar front suspension and coil spring rear suspension

1961 GMC 3/4 ton truck Still waiting for an engine

1961 GMC 1500 (3/4 ton) FlatBed.  When I bought this truck, I thought I was going to look at a 1965 GMC Motorhome chassis.  Apparently this vehicle had been converted to a motorhome back in 1965, and had been retitled as a 1965 at that time by DMV.  Of course I tried to get them to title it as a 1999 FlatBed, but they claimed I was returning it to its original use so the year would return to original as well.  I built the flatbed for it, it is approx. 8' wide by 9' long.  I left the motorhome bumper on it and built the bed to match.  The stake sides are removeable and are 3' high.  Both rear doors swing out.  It has a 305E v6 engine, 4-speed transmission and manual everything else.  Torsion bar front suspension with coil spring rear -and- a factory style overload leafspring.  I say factory style because while the components are factory, the mounting hardware isn't nor are the shocks correctly mounted for this option.

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1962 GMC 1000 (halfton)  Picked this one up from Jon Keffer.
Was Jon Keffer's truck. Thanks Jon!

Well, Here it is, my 1963 GMC 2500 Carhauler.  This was an adventure in getting that I would rather not relive!  This truck had a 305, but according to the last owner, it was bad so he replaced it with a 350.  It has carburator problems, and lots of wires that go nowhere.  Dual exhausts, extended frame, extended driveline.  Heater controls are broken, as typical in an unmaintained vehicle.  The winch on the back is setup to use two batteries in parallel to provide more amperage.  Currently it only winds up the cable, the solenoid (ford type) for unwind seems to be ot functioning.  The lever on the far side is a release, but it takes a mighty swing from my mallet to move it!  There is a little rust in the floor, and a large hole that someone cut, poorly... looks like they used an axe!  The heater box in the engine compartment is dented, looks like it got hit when he replaced the engine.  All outer rims are chrome, the inner rear rims appear to be original split rims.  I will know more when I take them off to repair the brakes.

Close up of the frame extension.  Channel Iron bolted to the ends of the cut on the original frame.  With all the other steel above it, I don't think it is going anywhere.

My '61 flatbed sitting next to the '63 carhauler.
I have installed a 351 v6 in my '63.
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1963 GMC 4000 Series Truck
Jolly bought this truck for it's engine, I got what was left.  It no longer looks like this though, the rack over the cab is gone (all rotten wood removed and the extension cut off), the fenders are now green and really beat up (price I paid to get it here, traded the fenders to the gentleman who hauled it for me).  Hopefully with a little help from my friends, it will look better.   I have not decided what to do with it yet, whether to put a v6 in it, look for a "period correct" diesel or just put the Chevrolet diesel I have in it.
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1964 GMC 2500 (1-ton) Ladder Truck.  It appears to have a 305 in it, should be an "E" series.  It currently has a 4speed on the floor, but the column has some of the column shift components so I beleive this was probably a 3 speed originally.  It has several layers of Red paint, over Green paint.  The hood was painted Orange as well at one point (between the Green and Red).  This truck comes from Washington, barely legible on the doors is "Puget Sign & Awning, Bellingham, WA".  There is a lighting company listed on the insurance card, and I bought it from a private owner.  I beleive Puget Sign & Awning is probably not the original owner, since those words are on the red paint.  

1966 GMC 1000 series.  When I bought this one, I am not sure why I bought it.  It ran, but real rough.  I drove it up onto the CarHauler (and almost drove it off the side).  When I finally got a chance to get into the engine I discovered both head gaskets so blown out it was really only running on 2 cylinders. 

1966 GMC 1500 truck.  Bought solely for parts.  I have already gotten rid of the cab and nose clip, all that is left is the chassis.  I had a chance to play with some parts though, I briefly had a 1962 4x4 chassis here, and the person who wanted that also wanted the cab and clip.  So to make things easier to haul, I put the body on the chassis.  And discovered that the cab mounts on the earlier trucks don't line up at all with the cab mounts on the later trucks.  Only mounts that were close were the two for the radiator support.

1966 GMC 1966 GMC Projects of the Future?? This is what it looks like today

Yet another 1966 GMC 1500 that I got for parts.  This one from Kenny Whitman.  He actually traded me 2 trucks for a trailer, but one truck didn't make it here as a complete truck.  It found it's way here in assorted pieces. 

I do not have the 1968 GMC 5500 or the 1969 GMC 5500 pictured here because, well, I haven't gotten that far yet in rearranging the website.

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This is a 305C engine.  Pipes and intake indicate manufacture dates in 1965 so I would guess that indicates this engine was in a 1966 truck.  I was told a cabover, as the fan is fastened to the crankshaft, and the transmission has different connections than I am used to I would tend to agree with that.  This engine may be installed in my '68 2-ton truck, or it may go in the '61 pickup.  Not sure at the moment.

1960 - 1966 GMC Carburetors 

Plans for the Bed I built for my 1961 GMC 3/4 ton.

1) Headboard Details2)  Bed Details3) Parts List4) Corrected Parts List5)  Original Side Board plans
1)Details of the Headboard, Basic sketches of the bed area and how I planned on getting it to mate with the frame of the truck.  Heights were determined by placing extra pickup box supports on the factory mounts, then replacing those with appropriate heights of lumber.  In this case, it took a 2x4 and a 1x4 to level everything out.

2) This is a more detailed drawing of how the bed was laid out.  I attempted to color code everything.  It helped my thought processes to see *everything* as I hoped it would look.  Obviously it is not to scale.  The differences between this drawing and the actual bed are:

3) Parts Lists!  Everybody needs a parts list!  This list is separated into 4 sections.
    Section 1 is for the actual Bed.
    Section 2 lists the parts for the Headboard.
    Section 3 is planning for the Side Boards.
    Section 4 is for some book shelves the wife wanted me to make for the house.
    This is the "shopping" list I took with me to the lumber yard.

4) The "cleanest" parts list.  Also the original list, which does not reflect what I actually bought.

5) The original design for the sideboards.  Boy am I glad I didn't go with this one!!!

The sideboards ended up being 1x6 with 4 2x4 uprights.  I plan on rebuilding these as I used less than good wood (I used cheap stuff)  because I needed the truck right away.  I will be using 3" angle iron at the headboard to form a channel for one end of the sideboards to slide into (currently they are nailed to the headboard.  Not very removable that way!).  Currently the uprights are slid into pockets formed at the end of 4 of the 4x4 cross members, the pockets are made out of standard Simpson connectors.  I also have to rebuild the gates as the current design is awkward to use.

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