This '49 GMC 3100 adds a classic look with plenty of custom touches.
Trucks from the late '40s and early '50s are among the best-looking pickups ever produced with miles of rounded steel and massively arched fenders. While Ford F1s and Chevrolet Thriftmasters get the lion's share of attention when it comes to classic trucks, the GMC 3100 is often overlooked. But you won't be overlooking customized 1949 GMC that is currently for sale at Classic Car Liquidators.
With the exception of the bright orange paint job and perhaps a slightly lower stance, this GMC retains all the original lines – no chopped roof, shaved door handles or fiberglass front end. The best part of this truck's exterior, though, is the bed where the light stained wood is perfectly accented with stainless steel strips. American Racing Torque Thrust wheels finish off this truck's classic look.
The builders of this truck stayed true to the truck's exterior, but the interior is almost fully custom. Your eyes are instantly drawn to the leather bucket seats and embossed door panels, and the custom, full-length center console houses the B&M shifter and the Kenwood aftermarket audio system. Other modern conveniences include power windows, power locks and air conditioning.
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Under the hood is a 350 CID Oldsmobile V-8 with an Offenhauser intake, and this engine is backed by a Turbo 350 automatic transmission. The entire build is said to have less than 3,000 miles on it, and every inch of this truck shows it. Even the underside of the truck is as clean as the body, and that's also where you can check out the long-tube headers and triangulated four-link rear suspension. This setup is perfectly suited for cruising to local car shows, and there's plenty of bed space to bring home all the awards.
GMC's New Design trucks were around from 1947 through 1955, and much like today's trucks, there were only minor differences between the Chevy and GMC models. While the Chevy had a taller, wider chrome grille, the GMC version had an inset chrome grille and turn signals mounted on the fenders instead of in the grille like the Chevy.