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By Bill White - Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:42 AM
1936 GMC 1 ton panel truck,  1937 Dodge cab, 1977 GMC chassis 4X4, 1934 Buick headlites,  1933 Pontiac park lites
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:03 PM
This truck is so far out there it even threw me off the trail a little. Don MacKenzie named the major pieces, and Bill White threw in the details on this very unusual truck. This beast started out life as a 1936 GMC panel truck, and somewhere along the line the rear body was cut in half at the mid line and the drivers portion totally removed. A 1937 Dodge cab was added, and to top everything off a grill from a "Canadian Chevrolet" (although I agree with John Frances that it is Maple Leaf) was installed. The whole works sits on a later chassis. Here are more details that Bill sent:

This truck started life as a 1936 GMC 1 ton long body panel truck, and for whatever reason it was cut off above the belt line and behind the rear wheel-wells, the wood framed GM cab was removed and an all steel 1937 Dodge truck cab was put in it's place, the GMC dash is used in the cab still.

Later the Autocrane Weaver tow truck deck was installed in a 1950 Chevrolet on a 1986 GMC Jimmy 4x4 chassis for use on the series (set in 1952-53 Saskatchewan) after the series abused it, the truck sat partially disassembled in my back yard till the summer of 2005, when I picked up a very strong running 1977 GMC ¾ ton with a bad body but a built 350 with 4 bolt mains.

We proceeded to put the tow trucks body on the newer chassis, it fit's like a glove! The new chassis was only ½ an inch longer in the wheelbase and was the exact same width for the vintage body!

The GMC Radshell was missing when we got the truck, and they are basically impossible to replace now, so we used a Canadian Railways 1936 Chevrolet radshell in it's place, I found a rare vintage aftermarket grill for it that give it a whole new look! And instead of the boring 8 inch 1936 GM headlights that were mounted fairly high, we are running a pair of 10½ inch 1934 Buick units mounted on 1933 Plymouth stanchions flipped from left to right, a pair of 1933 Pontiac park lights live on top of the fenders now! I will be installing 1940 Chevrolet parklights as tail lights soon with red LED "bulbs" in them, super bright, and compact and vintage looking. A vintage (possibly Signal-stat) red roof light was found to replace the broken original, and freestanding visored arrow turn lights are installed on the roof in holes that were already there from a previous less cool looking set of lights.

A big problem with putting vintage bodies on newer chassis is not the length or the chassis width, it's the wheel offset, they are usually too far out board and tend to look stupid (IMHO) so I found a set of special inset wheels from a rail line service truck, and they brought the tires inside the fenders perfectly! And it is now running 19.5's instead of 16's for wheels, so it looks even bigger now!

The photos of the WAI truck are from Dan Souday & Bill White. The 1937 Dodge dump truck pic is from my files.

By Don MacKenzie - Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:27 PM
1936 GMC with a 1937 DODGE Cab.
By clyde318 - Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:31 AM
Agree with Don on this one.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:34 PM
Special "better late than never" edition of the WAI. Here's a very interesting truck. Perhaps I should say trucks. I see 2 different makes here. Emblem removed. Photo from Dan Souday.
By Jack Amaral - Sunday, July 24, 2011 2:58 AM
By Park Olson - Sunday, July 24, 2011 12:42 AM
Diamond T and Dodge,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,maybe Ford fenders
By John Frances - Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:35 AM
'36 Maple Leaf grill.