AUGUST 2, 2010 STAR TRUCKIN’ 1946 GMC CABOVER:INFLUENCED BY A MOVIE

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This truck wasn’t hard to spot at a local show-it looks like it’s 3 stories tall and feels like it when you look over the steering wheel.

 

A 1946 GMC cabover was a fairly rare sight when it was new-in 2010 it’s about as rare as truth in politics.

 

‘Greg and Travis Garson are a father and son team and they are truly dedicated to this truck.’

 

Travis was the big influence-he spotted a cabover in a movie and he convinced his dad Greg that these were really cool rides.

 

As Travis explains “it was something different”.

 

No argument there…any stock truck that you need a parachute to exit is definitely something different.

 

 

Greg went straight into search mode and he found this 1946 GMC after a relatively painless search. It was definitely a project but father and son piled right into the old truck and had it roadworthy in a relatively short – by old car hobby standards– time.

 

As Greg explained, he started two years ago…and didn’t really work that hard“. That’s a simplification because Greg is a talented guy and they did all the dirty work-the cleaning, the sandblasting. Every bit of that isn’t easy as car guys know but Greg and Travis regarded the work as a very positive experience.

 

The Garsons have the truck to a very drivable point-but it is a restoration so they are currently working on a box based on factory blueprints. It’s going to have a removable stake box so it can double as a flatbed-based on GMC specs. Greg believes that he and Travis are working on a very rare vehicle –“I don’t know of anybody else in Canada who’s restoring one”.

 

 

Greg jokes that it’s going to be a working truck but it’s going to be a very slow working truck because it tops out at 40 mph. With that as a top speed he should be willing to let Travis use the truck anytime he wants-it’s hard to get into trouble with a slow moving vehicle with the conspicuous profile of Mt. Rushmore.

 

 

There is still a lot of work ahead for Greg and Travis Garson but there’s no doubt that father and son are truly committed to the cause. Greg added this:”I just read the article you wrote on our GMC Cab Over.  You really did a wonderful job. As I was reading the article I realized I did not mention my brother Brad who helped on the body work and was teaching us the trade.Without his help this truck would not have turned out as good”.

 

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‘This unique and very rare old truck has a great future in the Garson family hands.’

Jerry Sutherland @mystarcollectorcar.com

 

 

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