This 1966 GMC Model 1000 Custom Cab pickup was built in Fontana,
California. It spent its life in the warm climate doing light duty as
Grandpa's Truck. One look at the undercarriage will convince you that
the truck has never seen severe duty or off-road conditions that would
certainly have left road film evidence of history.
The pickup was ordered by the dealer with the optional 351E V6 engine
that was available from 1966 through 1968. The engine is #000414
making it one of the first 500 engines built. This option was
referred to as the High-Performance package and yielded 190 HP @ 3900
RPM and 220 HP at 4000 RPM and 320 pounds-feet of torque. All that
power and torque is transmitted through a Saginaw Manual (SM) 420 4
speed manual transmission and you don't feel the hills with all that
torque to the rear tires.
The bed wood is original from 1966 and presents a consistent
weathered patina and elicits lots of praises from car show attendees
who really like it. The interior is completely stock with no aftermarket modifications which makes it ideal for the purist who is
looking for that time capsule truck. The classic Firestone white wall
tires, chrome Dog Dish Hub caps, and trim rings really make this truck
a head turner wherever it goes.
The custom exhaust features Walker Quiet SS mufflers with polished
tips that exit in front of the rear tires. The exhaust note is
muscular but not obnoxiously loud.
The engine was treated to a Pertronix electronic ignition and high
energy coil. New spark plugs and Belden lifetime wires were recently
replaced. Additionally, an electric choke was installed on the Holly
500 two-barrel carburetor. The engine starts immediately with only one
or two pumps of the throttle. New oil filter was just replaced and the
engine treated to high zinc content oil engines of this vintage
require. In addition, the transmission and rear end fluids have been
recently changed so the truck is ready for any road trip. The engine
does not burn oil or leak any fluids. The engine runs very strong with
no hesitation or stumbling with that true "seat-of-the-pants"
sensation one gets from a high torque engine.
The undocumented mileage of the truck is estimated at approximately
65,000. The speedometer works but the odometer quit at approximately
10,000 miles. Many of these trucks seen in car shows have been updated
with modern running gears and electronics. This truck is virtually all
original including the electrical system which has not been cut and
spliced or replaced making this a real classic in very good