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Offline john k

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54 GMC pickup
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:05:24 AM »
Saw this 1954 GMC getting gas last week.   Under the GMC on the hood, notice it says (Hydramatic).   Factory automatic transmission, pretty rare.   Also one of the cleanest pickups I've seen in a long while.    Custom Cab, hence all the brightwork, plus its a five window cab.  Guy just got it,  says it is all stock save for the wheels.   I like it.
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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 08:26:13 AM »
All stock except the wheels,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and the high back seats :))

I like it also and I bet the tranny is quite rare.  Were they a 2 speed like the power glides?
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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 11:31:29 AM »
And the bed rails.

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 11:44:52 AM »
Transmission was a 4 speed Hydramatic,  same as used in Olds, Pontiac, and Cadillac.  When I looked inside did note the bottom cushion was a bench, where they added the headrest backrests. 

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 12:30:51 PM »
Many folks see the '56 as the true classic, but I truly love the late 40s and early 50's GM pick'em ups. I lake the fact that he at least tried to maintain the originality. 

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2017, 11:41:16 PM »
Interesting. I didn't know GM had a 4 speed automatic in the 50s.

I like the old truck too! That body style looks good in blue.

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 07:33:46 AM »


Interesting. I didn't know GM had a 4 speed automatic in the 50s.

Didn't think they did. Thought it was only power glides till late 60's and the 4 speeds didn't come till late 70s? Could be way off, I wasn't around back then.

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 07:14:39 PM »
The General Motors Hydramatic actually came out around 1940.  By the mid 50s was more common than stick shifts in Cadillacs, Pontiacs, and Oldsmobile.  Buick used another transmission called a Dyna-Flow.  By 65 the Turbo Hydromatics started coming out.   Pontiac and Olds  in the early 60s came out with horrible things called the Jet-Away and Slim Jim.  All the Hydramatics I have seen were 4-speed, with a super low first gear to get them moving.  Then the Turbo-Hydromatics were 3-speed,  200-350-400 at least. 

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Re: 54 GMC pickup
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