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One Owner: 1968 GMC 1500 Pickup

The GMC brand has been around since 1911. In more modern times, it has been an alternative to Chevrolet trucks, and in the present day a more premium offering. Unlike today, back in 1968 GMC produced mainly pickups and heavy-duty trucks. Here is a 1968 GMC 1500 Pickup SWB (short wheelbase) for sale here on eBay in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

The exterior of the truck has aged well into a patina finish. Where there are a few rust spots in the rear lower bedsides behind the back wheels, this is a pretty solid truck. The truck has been in Tennessee since new. It has its original baby west coast factory mirrors. One of the wheelhouse lips also has a few bumps and bruises. Updates for 1968 included a larger rear window than the 1967 GMC had with the addition of side marker lights. The truck has been lowered with a DJM flip kit on the rear, new shocks, and lowering springs up front.

The interior is looking good with new carpeting, new sill plates, new dash pad, and a great looking new Aqua Green houndstooth seat cover. Most all the electrical items work including lights, brake lights, heater blower, and wipers (although the wiper arms are missing). The 3-speed shifter has been moved to the floor and is worn and should be replaced. If a new buyer wants to make the interior perfect, new paint will be needed on the doors and instrument panel along with refreshed vinyl door panels.

The engine is not original, being a 250 6 cylinder out of a 1980 or 1981 GMC Truck as well as the 3-speed shifter not being original. Items affecting the drivability of the truck that have been taken care of include new brakes, new master cylinder, new wheel cylinders, new brake hoses, new fuel lines, rebuilt carburetor, new HEI distributor, new alternator, new tires, and new windshield. The mileage on the truck is listed as 138,000. As of the writing of this article, the bidding is at $3,550.10 without reaching the reserve yet. What would you do if you bought this truck? Would you leave it in its present state with patina, or update the cosmetics with rust and ding repairs and a new paint job?


  1. Howard A Member

    Looks like an old truck with sacked out springs. Looks ridiculous on an otherwise nice truck.

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    • Andre

      I think it looks pretty good. I find a lowered trucks are not only slick looking, they’re really useful.

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    • deak stevens

      I would put a chevy grill and a chevy tailgate, then it would be worth the money.

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  2. Ken

    “Rust” is not spelled “p-a-t-i-n-a.”

    Who would go to all the trouble of moving the shifter to the floor? Is column shifting too difficult for some people? I learned to drive in a 1975 Sierra with three-on-the-tree. It’s not hard.

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    • Daniel Blancher

      Most people moved the shifter to the floor ,because they didn’t know or want to adjust or repair the Column parts.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    Ride height should have been left as it was. A stock appearing pickup like this looks like it’s been through a fire, and all the tension has been lost from the springs.

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  5. Jack M.

    A lot of people have some kind of romantic image in their mind of owning an old pick up truck. There is a reason for the expression that it drives like a truck. May be fun for half an hour at a time, but will become annoying very fast.

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  6. Tom

    Golly gosh! Why didn’t General Motors think to produce trucks that drag the ground? Oh wait. They were building trucks that could carry more than just the weight of the driver. Those nutty Detroit engineers.

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  7. John E Member

    Gee, why the hate on lowering the truck? Sometimes people just like looking different. I dig it. At least it isn’t sitting in the field waiting to be restored. Its on the road being enjoyed and admired. Rock on

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  8. Chuck Foster Chuck F 55chevy

    Different strokes for different folks, I like it, I had a 68 Chevy almost exactly like it, same color, same patina, shouldn’t have sold it. I did get another one, has rustier bed, will cut or torch the springs to lower it and drive it, yee haww. Check out those hubcaps, you know a nice set of those go for $400? I only have two on my patina bucket truck.

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