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My Favorite Car: '36 GMC T-14, Patrick Kroeger, 60, Palm Harbor

'36 GMC T-14

I was looking for a late '40s to early '50s Chevrolet truck since a friend of mine had a 1953 Ford F-100 and I wanted to be a bit competitive with him. While searching the Internet, I found my current truck, a 1936 GMC T-14 in Queens Creek, Ariz. My father-in-law lived part-time nearby in Phoenix, so he went and looked at it for me. After his inspection, I decided to buy the truck and had it shipped to Florida. I found out from the buyer that he was the second owner of the truck and that the original owner had bought it new in June of 1936 for $695 and it had been registered in Pinal County, Ariz., since new. The original owner restored the truck in 1989 and the second owner had done a few repairs.

The paint and body were very good when I got the truck, but mechanically it was in poor condition. Every seal and gasket leaked, the brakes were shot, the head had a crack, the tires were dry-rotted and the wood in the bed was dried beyond recognition. In the last seven years that I owned it, I took care of the above items plus rebuilt all of the gauges, replaced the tailgate, rechromed the radiator ornament, repainted the wheels, rebuilt the carburetor, rebuilt the fuel pump, replaced the rear glass and surround, added the passenger side mirror, rewired the gas tank sending unit, replaced the bed wood and strips, replaced the clutch and rebuilt the pressure plate.

GMC had offered this truck in two versions — Standard and Deluxe. The Deluxe version had chrome headlights and stands, chrome center grill guards, radiator ornament, polished stainless hood louvers and chrome hood handles. GMC also offered a Deluxe Cab option that included a chrome inside rearview mirror, arm rest on driver side, chrome windshield frame, sun glare shield, dome light and chrome wiper arm. The chrome front bumper was an added-cost accessory. I also found out that 1936 was a very bad year for GM due to a labor strike that lasted for months. Production of this model GMC was limited to 11,250, of which mine is the 3,229th in the production run.

I attempted to do a decent job of restoring this truck and, although not a daily driver, I do put around 100 miles a month on it, driving to cruise-ins and on weekends. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this truck and like the fact that it is somewhat of a unique truck.

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My Favorite Car: '36 GMC T-14, Patrick Kroeger, 60, Palm Harbor 06/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 5:34pm]
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