The mid 1950’s GMC trucks were based on the Chevrolet “Task Force” pickups that were introduced in 1955. This 1956 GMC has recently been resurrected after being off the road since 1995. The engine was freed up after soaking with oil, and after rebuilding the carburetor and installing a new set of spark plugs, it fired up. The truck is located in Anderson, California and is up for sale here on eBay. Thanks to reader Joe V. for sending us this neat find!
I doubt that this rear bumper is original, but I think it adds to the overall ruggedness of the truck. That being said, I do think the appearance would be improved with an original rear bumper. It’s nice to see an intact tailgate, though; many of them are rusted completely through. I’m guessing this truck must have been in a fairly dry storage spot to be as solid as it is.
Not to say this truck is without rust, though. I’m surprised this isn’t a wooden bed floor–any truck experts out there that can tell us if this is original or not? While the metal does add to the utility of the truck, I have to admit I prefer the look of polished wood in an old truck bed.
Under the hood, we find a Pontiac-derived V-8 engine, presumed to be original, although that alternator and radiator overflow bottle certainly aren’t. That being said, I don’t think this would be the vehicle anyone would choose to restore to original. Personally, I’d run this truck cosmetically just as is. The seller has been running the truck off a bottle tank and says it has no brakes, so some mechanical work will have to be done as well, but I don’t think it would take too long to have this truck back on the road.
Overall, I think this is a terrific old truck just waiting for someone to love it. I would, given the time and funding–would you?