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1931 Dodge and Early 1920s GMC Truck


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Old 01-07-2019, 12:02:27 AM
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With help I discovered and purchased two antique trucks, today.
The 95-ish year old GMC is missing a lot, but it is amazing! Just the cast-iron wheels with hard rubber tires were worth saving. Appears to originally have had a wooden c-cab mounted like in the picture.
The other truck appears to be a 1931 Dodge. Probably the biggest version of Dodge available that year. It had demountable steel dually rims clamped to heavy cast spokes like 1930s IHCs do. Iíve never seen that on any Dodge truck.
This 1931 Dodge, like so many other early trucks, had considerable wood in the cab as reinforcement for the tin shell. It also had a fabric roof.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:42:33 PM
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I spent some time researching the GMC and have concluded itís from the late teens. Like 1918. I had no idea that GMC had so many truck models and so many cab configurations.
This particular version appears to be a smaller C cab version of the heavier duty line. Check out the windshield frame and running boards and brackets. Such cool castings, everywhere!
Iíve also posted pictures of 1931 Dodge trucks.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:22:04 AM
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hopefully they will be salvaged,,,,
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:29:12 AM
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some pretty ambitious projects there.
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The GMC is rare but I suspect thereís another within a few hour drive. Thereís so much old Ag-related stuff, here.
The cab has to be built no matter what.
The GMC radiator and hood search begins!
The 1931 has been modified too much. It will most likely end up as a 1931 Dodge Pickup. I believe I have the correct bed and rear fendersZ
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Very interesting projects,please keep us updated.
My Model T's started out much worse than anything in your pictures and I am driveing 2 of the 3 and #3 will be finished in the coming years.
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Do you know what sort of locomotion the GMC had? Buick maybe or ?
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Hi, Oldtech!
I have no experience with vehicles of this vintage. I know that slightly newer GMC trucks used Buick engines because Tad Burness (in his Truck and Bus Spotterís Guide) told me so. Iíve seen exactly one 1930 GMC truck with a Buick motor.
Iím very excited about this old GMC. Iím going to build my own C-cab and source radiator and hood.
Iím much less optimistic about finding the correct engine, transmission and driveshaft.
Itís also missing steering column and box.
Itís pretty cool living in an area (Central California) that still contains these old trucks. Iíll find another old GMC.
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Here are some internet pics of 1918-era GMC trucks. Some seem to be the same model as mine. The giveaways are the front of the front springs and frame, the shape and depth of the cowl. The same years GMC 5-ton had really beefy front frame horns. Mine is not a 5-ton. Itís much smaller.
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Time for me to revisit types of front axle designs. This 1918 GMC has a ďElliotĒ style spindle and axle. Iím much more used to ďreverse ElliotĒ.
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