1959 GMC 100 Ford Blue270-cu.in.


Description


When General Motors redesigned its line of light trucks in 1955, the name Blue Chip was applied to those badged as GMC rigs. So, it’s entirely appropriate that this GMC 100 pickup, built during the final year of Blue Chip production, is finished in blue, even though the shade was apparently originally formulated for the folks from Dearborn. This is a basic GMC 100 with the marque’s standard powertrain that was gradually treated to a partial mechanical rebuild during its tenure in the custody of a previous owner. The truck has been fully disassembled, pieced back together, and is said to stand today as a rust-free, personalized example of a memorable pickup design.



This GMC is powered by the 270-cu.in. version of the fabled General Motors OHV straight-six. The engine was produced from 1941 through 1962. In 1959, GMC rated the engine at 91.5 horsepower. The engine in this 100 is believed to be original to the truck. The truck’s odometer reading of 725 miles reflects only the number of miles the truck has traveled since the engine underwent a full mechanical rebuild under a previous owner. Since then, the engine has been disassembled again to replace a connecting rod, gaskets and several piston rings. Start immediately, with no smoke. The three-speed manual transmission is also original to the trunk and is said to shift properly. The truck’s rear end was rebuilt . The engine bay presents as stock, other than for a five-tone air horn. Corrosion and dirt can be seen in several spots. No leaks are reported from the powertrain.



The paint on this truck is Ford Blue Still being in excellent condition today. Blemishes are said to be limited to a few scratches and a small chip, since touched-up, on the front bumper, which was finished in gloss black. Any rust that may have been present was remedied when the truck was disassembled before painting, and the GMC is now rust-free. This GMC now carries a tailgate from a Chevrolet pickup from the same era. The side windows and rear window are original to the truck and described as being free of cracks and scratches. The windshield was new as of the time the GMC was reassembled, original factory windshield will be included with the sale. Most of the truck’s exterior badging and emblems have been removed, and the grille is painted in the overall body color. The rear bumper is finished in glossy black and has provisions for a trailer hitch. The truck rides on aftermarket GM Rally-style wheels with knockoff-type spinners, whose trim rings show some pitting.



The factory GMC bench seat has been reupholstered and now sports red-and-white vinyl seat facings. The material remains in very good condition, with no rips, tears or other signs of excessive wear. The cab floor properly wears a rubber mat that also appears to be in very good shape. The headliner is reported to be free of sags. The steel dashboard is now painted in the overall body color. The stock instrument panel has been refitted with aftermarket gauges from Equus; the seller subsequently added an Equus tachometer. The speedometer’s readings are described as being off by several MPH. No interior trim is said to be absent. The steel interior door panels are partially painted in the same glossy black as the bumpers, and look to be in good shape. Lap belts have been added for safety. The factory heater is reported to be functional.



Most of the work done to the chassis of this GMC was completed around 2008. That process involved re-arching the rear springs and rebuilding the unassisted four-wheel drum brakes, which are said to function today with no problems. The unassisted steering is said to be free of excess play. The bushings and shock absorbers, which are also renewed around 2008, remain in good condition. The Hercules all-season tires are new and have only traveled a reported 725 miles.
1959 GMC 100 Ford Blue270-cu.in.
$ 14,500.00
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When General Motors redesigned its line of light trucks in 1955, the name Blue Chip was applied to those badged as GMC rigs. So, it’s entirely appropriate that this GMC 100 pickup, built during the final year of Blue Chip production, is finished in blue, even though the shade was apparently originally formulated for the folks from Dearborn. This is a basic GMC 100 with the marque’s standard powertrain that was gradually treated to a partial mechanical rebuild during its tenure in the custody of a previous owner. The truck has been fully disassembled, pieced back together, and is said to stand today as a rust-free, personalized example of a memorable pickup design.



This GMC is powered by the 270-cu.in. version of the fabled General Motors OHV straight-six. The engine was produced from 1941 through 1962. In 1959, GMC rated the engine at 91.5 horsepower. The engine in this 100 is believed to be original to the truck. The truck’s odometer reading of 725 miles reflects only the number of miles the truck has traveled since the engine underwent a full mechanical rebuild under a previous owner. Since then, the engine has been disassembled again to replace a connecting rod, gaskets and several piston rings. Start immediately, with no smoke. The three-speed manual transmission is also original to the trunk and is said to shift properly. The truck’s rear end was rebuilt . The engine bay presents as stock, other than for a five-tone air horn. Corrosion and dirt can be seen in several spots. No leaks are reported from the powertrain.



The paint on this truck is Ford Blue Still being in excellent condition today. Blemishes are said to be limited to a few scratches and a small chip, since touched-up, on the front bumper, which was finished in gloss black. Any rust that may have been present was remedied when the truck was disassembled before painting, and the GMC is now rust-free. This GMC now carries a tailgate from a Chevrolet pickup from the same era. The side windows and rear window are original to the truck and described as being free of cracks and scratches. The windshield was new as of the time the GMC was reassembled, original factory windshield will be included with the sale. Most of the truck’s exterior badging and emblems have been removed, and the grille is painted in the overall body color. The rear bumper is finished in glossy black and has provisions for a trailer hitch. The truck rides on aftermarket GM Rally-style wheels with knockoff-type spinners, whose trim rings show some pitting.



The factory GMC bench seat has been reupholstered and now sports red-and-white vinyl seat facings. The material remains in very good condition, with no rips, tears or other signs of excessive wear. The cab floor properly wears a rubber mat that also appears to be in very good shape. The headliner is reported to be free of sags. The steel dashboard is now painted in the overall body color. The stock instrument panel has been refitted with aftermarket gauges from Equus; the seller subsequently added an Equus tachometer. The speedometer’s readings are described as being off by several MPH. No interior trim is said to be absent. The steel interior door panels are partially painted in the same glossy black as the bumpers, and look to be in good shape. Lap belts have been added for safety. The factory heater is reported to be functional.



Most of the work done to the chassis of this GMC was completed around 2008. That process involved re-arching the rear springs and rebuilding the unassisted four-wheel drum brakes, which are said to function today with no problems. The unassisted steering is said to be free of excess play. The bushings and shock absorbers, which are also renewed around 2008, remain in good condition. The Hercules all-season tires are new and have only traveled a reported 725 miles.

Additional information

Make: GMC
Model: 100
Type: Truck
Year: 1959
Doors: 2
Mileage: 725
Engine size (cc): 270-cu.in.
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gas
Vehicle Identification Number: 102 P S33419A
United States, Illinois, Rockford
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