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Original Grain truck 1959 GMC 9380

I resurrected my dads first grain truck bought brand new in 1959. it actually has been sitting for many years, i threw a battery in it, and pumped the squeaky accelerator a few times, and it fired right up. I pressured washed it, and only need to fix brake light switch, and put new headlamps in, otherwise it runs good. I am thinking of using this as my grocery getter when i go in for supplies and a haircut. Does anybody here know anything about it. i would love to put new wheels on it. i would think some duallys on the back and matching up front would be nice but what modern wheels would fit this? I am removing the wood grain extensions. the 235 doesn't burn any oil runs like a sewing machine, but man this thing is crazy good on fuel mileage with the one barrel carb. Wife demands me to take her for rides, lol
I think this will be a nice slow project when i find time, but would like to fix it up without turning into a resto project.

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I actually learned how to drive a standard with this truck, started driving it at age of 10. I remember hauling wheat to the elevator in this truck, (man i am getting old) Lol. i remember when mom drove it to the elevator, and they used those wheel hoist to lift the front in the air to dump the box, before hoists, even though this one has one.


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Holy crap that thing looks really clean and straight for the age, don't find too many in that kind of shape anymore.

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Nice truck there CP. Sounds like even your brakes are working, now thats something that don't happen often after they have sat for years, usually master cylinder leaks or is stuck.
It don't look like the box is raised up off the frame, so I'm guessing there is no hoist under it? Edit...ooops I see you mentioned it does.
As for wheels, is that 6 or 8 bolt hubs? 17 inch or ??
Personally myself I would leave it as is wheel wise, putting duals on it won't line up with your fenders and it would look wrong. Those old one tons run singles when equipped with a pickup box.
If you need some tech info, ask. I probably have a book or two that would cover it specifically.

Nice to have those ties to the past, I have my grandfathers last pickup 70 F100, and all of my father's and uncle's grain trucks, their first ones, both 1953 GM 9700 and IHC R180. And then two later ones both bought new, 66 Ford 700 cabover and 67 Mercury one ton, both with box and hoist since new. Still use the later two quite often. Had to buy every one of them, but have never regretted it.
Lost my own first two first grain trucks in that fire when I was moving, 1960 GM and my fav of all, my 60 Diamond T 634C. They live in memory now only

Speaking of which, make sure you got yours insured properly in case something happens. When they did the appraisal after the fire, with the 17 foot box they rated the Daimond at 10K as a collectors, but since it was licensed, 5K as a working farm truck. Wawanesa offered to spit the difference and they paid out $7500 which I used to buy the 66 Ford 700 from uncle. He was pissed I wouldn't give him more but then no one else would top what I offered either lol.

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Everything works except the vacuum operated wipers. I love the old tin, especially the COE models.
What blows my mind is the local gas station in Cudworth has parts on the shelf for it new in the box. i went in there for a condenser once, he had three new in the box. It is like hogwarts in there, parts from the 40's stacked up to the ceiling, guy is in his 90's doing tune ups in the back, just amazing.
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I had a gummed up vacuum wiper motor on a '49? Fargo. Took it apart, cleaned out the oil and dust mix, and lubed it. It worked even when I wasn't going downhill with my foot off the gas.
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Awesome sheet metal. You must not have any salt on the roads in the winter like we do haha.
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I have a 59 Apache fleetside 3/4 ton. Love those rigs! The bolt patern is the same as everything 8bolt up till like 2000s rims are easy to find and lots of options.

Believe they all came with 16.5 wheels and think the highest gear ratio was 456. And down to like 583s? Haha thinking you'd be floating the valves on the highway
And getting passed.

Mine had a 283/4spd and that thing would sing at 60mph! I have a few pretty decent old cars and always get asked to use that pickup for proms, parades and weddings. At least 5 times a summer.



That thing is super neat!

As far as I know all parts are still available for those to keep it running for hair cuts and chick picking. LMC truck and brothers if you are looking for a new seat. Mine came with a back seat out of a van I think as they are kind of narrow.
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i had to put in the shop this winter, since, i have been cleaning up my yard getting rid of old crap on the ground, and clearing bush, it was visible from the road, and my neighbor has a few deralects, and they have been getting pilfered, so, the drills are outside, and the 59 and my WD9 that still runs were parked inside for the winter.
Some a-hole even took parts off of his running backup JD 8820 combine, he uses around sloughs and tough spots were he doesn't want to go with his 8120. i told him to set up cameras, somebody is hitting him on a regular basis.
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Looks like a decent 806 wheatland In the background too....

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