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1942 GMC pickup

This '42 GMC is a new project for us. It has been in the owners family since new! Bought by his grandfather and used on the farm. This truck carries a lot of sentimental value for the family and will be treated to a full correct restoration. The owner told me he has been putting money aside for 18 years to get the truck restored! That is some amazing dedication and it means alot that we got the job. As many of you know during WWII most of our nations production shifted toward providing for the war effort. This of course makes a civilian spec '42 GMC truck quite rare. I did some research and found that in june of 1942 all GM civilian truck production was ceased.

I will be posting up photos as we move along so stay tuned! Click on any of the pictures to see them in full size.


Just off the trailer...
1942 GMC pickup resto 42 gmc day one
1942 GMC pickup rear 42 gmc parts
Here is the GMC just fresh off the trailer surrounded by its assortment of parts.
1942 GMC inline 6 42 gmc straight six
The GM straight six is certainly legendary. the GMC version has a slightly different C.I. measurement. And insert bearings too!
It won't be long until this one is out getting rebuilt.
1942 GMC interior 42 gmc dash

The Teardown...
1942 GMC teardown 42 gmc disassembly
1942 GMC rear frame 42 gmc engine compartment
1942 GMC interior
Just a few short days after it arrived it was already coming apart.

Moving forward
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC new metal
The rust at the bottom of the doors has been dealt with. New metal in its place.
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC new metal
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC new metal
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC doors
1942 GMC metal work 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC metal work 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC metal work
1942 GMC metal work 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC metal work 42 gmc metal work
1942 GMC front end 42 gmc front end
1942 GMC metal work
wheels and tires

42 GMC Now in color!...more pics to come.
new paint!

The black fenders really make a nice contrast to the red.
1942 GMC in color 42 gmc in color
front windshield
The front windshield is in.

The engine is done!
42 GMC 228 42 gmc engine
42 gmc engine
42 GMC 228 42 gmc engine
42 gmc engine
The engine is in!
42 GMC front end 42 gmc rear bumper
42 gmc exhaust tip
The ol' truck is really looking nice with new chrome!
42 GMC front end 42 gmc side view
42 GMC rear view 42 gmc side view
42 GMC tailgate 42 gmc lettering
42 GMC upper grille 42 gmc side spear
42 gmc wheel
We finally got the old 42 outside for some good shots. It's really coming together!
42 GMC front end 42 gmc turn signal
42 GMC front end 42 gmc side
42 GMC front end 42 gmc side