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RE: [oletrucks] Original or Custom

To: "'dcvjrv@covad.net'" <dcvjrv@covad.net>,
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Original or Custom
From: "Hanlon, Bill" <Bill.Hanlon@COMPAQ.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 14:59:25 -0600
I assume that you mean the ivory colored knob with the 3 rings cut into it.
I have the remnants of one on a lever I rescued from a junk yard.  It was 
from a 56 101.  That is the only one I've ever seen and it is about 75% 
missing.  I made my knob from a black stock 3 speed Chevy knob.  I filled 
the too-large hole with JB weld, waited a few days for it to set up and then

drilled and tapped it for the threads on the GMC Hydra-Matic shift lever.
It looks good and there are very few people that would know it didn't come 
that way (but I'm not a resto-freak who has to have all the screw heads 
pointing the same may, etc.) 
Pee-Wee, a (ex?) member of the oletruck list, has a picture of the real 
thing one on his web site at http://members.tripod.com/P-Wee/id26.htm
Look near the bottom of the page.  As long as you are there you could 
drool over the picture of the clock.
I have a set of ivory colored deluxe heater knobs in as-new condition.
I'm planning on hanging on to them even though my interior looks better 
with the black and chrome Chevy knobs.
I also have a 55-60 Master Parts Book at home.  I'll look up the part number

of the knob tonight and send it to you.  Maybe you can get lucky at a 
web site such as http://www.automobilearchives.com/Just%20Arrived.htm

-----Original Message-----
From: dcvjrv@covad.net [mailto:dcvjrv@covad.net]
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 2:36 PM
To: Hanlon, Bill; 'Sean Nygren'; oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Original or Custom

Hey Bill,

I agree with all you say.  That is why I am restoring my 58 GMC Suburban
Carrier Pickup (Cameo style) - Hydramatic.  Since yours is also a
hydramatic, would you happen to have an extra shift lever knob or know of a
source?  I have looked but have not been able to locate one.

Jim V.
1958 GMC Suburban Carrier Pickup (Cameo style) - V8 Hydramatic
http <http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/mi2/jrvvehicles>
://www.angelfire.lycos.com/mi2/ jrvvehicles

At 08:08 AM 3/16/01 Friday, Hanlon, Bill wrote:

Don't give up on the 347.  It is basically the same engine that 
came in the 57 Pontiac, just lower compression and different 
carburetion.  Mine has 72000 miles on a rebuild and is working 
well except for the 10-12 miles per gallon.  It has been my 
everyday driver for 14 years.  It has only failed to get me home 
once and that was a steering problem.  

350 Chevys are everywhere.  Keep the engine and be a little 
different.  Especially if the transmission is a Hydra-Matic 
like mine.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Nygren [ mailto:spnygren@visto.com <mailto:spnygren@visto.com> ]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 9:25 PM
To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: [oletrucks] Original or Custom

I'm torn between customizing or keeping original the '57 GMC C100 project
truck I have. The body is pretty straight with very little rust.  Most parts
are there with the exception of the hood which I think came from a Chevy- it
doesn't have the indent where the GMC hood ornament would fit in. The grill
and bumper work is pretty much shot.  The bumper pods are rusted through.
The original 347 runs but the exhaust is shot. I'm having difficulty finding
parts for a '57 GMC motor or otherwise.  

Should I consider even trying to get close to original or should I just
customize the beast?

I haven't driven it so I don't know what other suprises may be waiting.  I
do know the drum brakes seem to be working great!

Anybody know of a good place to get parts for it?

Any advice as to what approach I should take would be greatly appreciated.

Sean Nygren
Memphis, TN

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