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Old 05-08-2013, 10:50 AM
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57 chevy pick up

Hi guys looking for a opinion time again. I the process of looking for something else I came across a 57 chevy short bed big back glass truck. This truck is in great shape very little rust and the truck is almost all there. But it has a problem. Sometime in the past, before the current owner got it. The engine was swapped for a 389 Pontiac. And that is where the problem lies. What to do with it. It has the badging on the front for a V8 so I am assuming that it was born with a 265 small block. This truck is so complete and in such good shape it's begging for a full resto. But the chances of finding a rebuildable 265 small block let alone a saginaw 3 spd. to restore it is almost impossible.

So do I do a restomod with a built Pontiac. Or maybe a LS6. Or do I do a complete restoration and look and hunt for a build able 265 if that was what was in there. I will have the VIN. sometime today and then I should be able to tell what was in there when new. If it had been born with a I6 then that would be a no brainer, as I've seen lot's of them around.

And yes I bought it, I just look this stupid that don't mean I am. And this is the part that will hurt for some of ya. I am bartering for the truck! Being as how I am a heavy equipment mechanic and the owner of the truck has a construction company. I am going to do some work on his equipment with him buying the parts in exchange for the truck.

I do want to hear your comments pro or con as to what I should do with this truck. I will try to post some picts in a day or so. So tell me what ya think. Bill

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Sell the pontiac engine. Put a Chevy engine in it. If you really need a 265 and are willing to pay for shipping (freight), try looking in craigslist in the Los Angeles area. I just did a search and found a long block for 500. Since the engine is not original, just drop what is available and have fun.
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didn't the gmc truck come with poncho power??
you sure it's a chevy and not a gmc with a chevy nose.
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didn't the gmc truck come with poncho power??
you sure it's a chevy and not a gmc with a chevy nose.
I'm thinkin' the same thing and further, I'm thinkin' that the motor is a 347 that would have been used in a '57 truck, not a 389. All Pontiacs used the same external size block, so unless you have pulled the motor apart and measured it, I'd bet you're lookin' at a "stock for 1957 347" that was installed at the factory.
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I would go Resto=mod on tht truck myself but that is just my opinion..See what you have to work with once it is home..

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I'm sorry it is a GMC Does that mean it may have come with a pontiac when new. That's news to me.
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it's a GMC with a chevy emblem on the hood. that's what through me off
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Yes, GMC used Pontiac V8's as they did not have their own like Chevy, so it is most likely original
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Ok guys here is some pict's of the truck. The owner told me it was a 57 but I don't think so. As it has quad vertical headlights. And I can't find anything about a GMC in those years with vertical headlights. So I ask if any of you can help me id this truck. And it does have a Pontiac engine that looks like it was OEM. The owner is looking for the title and says it says 57 on it. So i will post some picts to see if that helps. Thanks Bill
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Somebody has stuck those headlights in there...it came with larger single lights.
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Ok guys since I want to build this to sell, so I can get some money to build My 33. I am not talking about a 100 point restoration here. My plan would be to do a frame off resto with a aim at trying to make it as close to stock as I can. Including rebuilding the Pontiac thats in there if it's numbers matching. Would that get me the most return for my money or would doing a really good restomod be the way to go. Let Me know what ya think. Thanks Bill
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57 gmc

I have a 57 gmc cab and hood mounted on a 59 chevy short fleetside bed. The front grill on your truck should have the mustache chrome apron and bullets on the front bumper. If I had the brain muscles I would show you a picture of mine. Good luck on the project!!
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When I look at those headlights, a Chrysler product comes to mind. Maybe, maybe not.
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Ok guys since I want to build this to sell, so I can get some money to build My 33. I am not talking about a 100 point restoration here. My plan would be to do a frame off resto with a aim at trying to make it as close to stock as I can. Including rebuilding the Pontiac thats in there if it's numbers matching. Would that get me the most return for my money or would doing a really good restomod be the way to go. Let Me know what ya think. Thanks Bill
I would be really hesitant to assume there is any profit involved here. I've been around the "car game" for almost 50 years, and the cost of rebuilding a vehicle today is usually as much, or more, than it's worth.
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When I look at those headlights, a Chrysler product comes to mind. Maybe, maybe not.
57 fury maybe
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