In 2008 my son and I started looking for an old GMC truck to refurbish, In September of 2009 we found a truck on Craigslist. We drove little over an hour to the owner’s house and fell in love with the rusty blue / gray truck. My son, 9 years old at the time, was told he had to count out $2,500 and put it into Greg's hand to purchased this 1955.5 GMC 100 big window Hydramatic V8 pickup truck. We had to winch it onto a trailer to bring her home. Once we got her unloaded at home, we pulled the seat and started cleaning out all the rat dropping and crazy amount of debris left in the truck for who knows how many years of sitting aournd. After cleaning the inside, we put a milk crate in place of the seat, because the seat was so rusty and it was full of rat stuff and we decided not to reuse. We installed milk crate so my son could turn the key to crank the original Pontiac 288 V8 over. We changed all plugs and wires one for one, we drained all the old smelly gas and put in some fresh gas, changed the oil and filter, she cranked over but still had no gas getting to the original stromberg 2 barrel carb. We purchased a new/reman fuel pump on line and had to wait nearly 3 weeks for it to be delivered, after we installed the new fuel pump my son sitting upon his milk crate started cranking her over she tried to start spitting and sputtering….oh crunch the carb was pumping fuel everywhere, I was yelling to my son to KILL IT! I remember it like it was yesterday, he was looking at me like I lost my mind. I got him out of the truck and ran to the garage, got the fire extinguisher, not knowing if it was going up in smoke, it did not, thank god. We pulled the stromburg carb and took it to a local carb guy who did a fantastic job rebuilding it. Once we got the newly rebuilt carb on the truck, This time I kept the fire extinguisher next to me while my son started cranking the engine, she started but was running very rough, backfiring I had Richard turn off the truck so we could investigate the timing and plug wires, not knowing the problem and we did not have a manual so, back to ebay. We ordered one on line and again we had to wait several week for it to arrive. After we received the new/old manual we figured out the plug wires were installed incorrectly by the last guy who worked on the truck. After rotating the plug wires to their correct position. By now I was a bit gun shy and had that old fire extinguisher next to me ever time we tried starting her up, but this was the first time in who know how many years she ran beautifully, the smile on my sons face was so big it was priceless. Over the next three years we would hunt on ebay and cragelist trying to find all the original missing parts to put her back to gather as she was when she came off the show room floor at the GMC dealer. We wanted to see if we could find all the original parts to go back 100% original starting with gauges, gauge plates, deco remy starter and generator, front bumper, bumper skirts, correct seat, AM radio GMC not Chevy, the three items we spent the over three years locating was the original set of rims and the correct deco remy starter and the AM Radio. Most of the parts for the GMC truck 55.5 to 59 are the same as the Chevy truck, however many of the items are GMC specific hard to find. As you could imagine after 4 years of turning wrenches putting this beautifully time machine together, my son would get bored and would go ride his bike and showed less and less interest as the project seem to be an endless project just getting all the missing parts and putting her together so we could drive her around town. One of my most memorable moments working on the truck with my son was, sometime in year one, I put him on the creeper and slid him under the truck and I climbed under doing some wiring, he looked at me and asked me if this was what my dad and I did when I was a kid, I replied to him yes this is exactly what we did, I had to tell him I need to go get a wrench and would be back before I completely lost it. Every time I think of this moment, I cry like a baby, you see my dad died at a young age and my son never got a chance to meet my dad, his grandfather, so that one question is the most powerful events of my life. In July of year 3 we had everything together and running but the paint body was very bad, we completely dissembled ever part and started painting her back to original colors, Placid Blue and Dover White. We drove 1000 miles to pick an original seat from a guy who had it in his shed for over 20 years, we had to change out some of the seat springs and some frame repairs and had the seat reupholstered to the original two tone color scheme. This year 2014 Hot August Nights in Reno and we had high hopes to get her painted and back together so we could have her down there as a new 1955.5 GMC all original. We knew there was a good possibility we would not make it, so I continued to tell my son we may not make it this year and he was okay with that. We had a tall order to put everything back together in less than 6 months, I live in Truckee CA., the winters, summers are short, we have a one car garage that the truck does not fit in so all of our work was done outside in the driveway. Our painter of choice was busy with other projects and that could be the deciding factor of making it to the Hot August Nights event. We once we got the cab and chassy home we jacked up the cab and completely dissembled ever part from the frame scraped the 60year old oil and rust, sanded top, bottom and both side I mean every inch of the frame. We used self etching primer and painted the frame, reinstalled every part, including every wire from bumper to bumper we even removed all the old wire terminals and re-soldered each one onto the new wire matching wire color and size exactly. Year 4 one month to go for Hot August Night of this year, our chrome shop called and said out parts were ready. We drive down to pick up the massive front bumper from the chrome shop, WOW I must say they made the old dented rusty bumper and all the parts look new. We had all of the truck back together but the hood, once we installed the bumper my son looked at me and told me he loves the truck and was going to sleep in it. Well, we made it to Hot August Night 2014 and my son talked to every person who walked up to the truck, we also were invited to the grand marshal car show 1 of 50 vehicles invited, of the many thousands of incredible classic vehicles at this years event. That is a testament to the job we were able to complete in our driveway snow or freezing weather did not stop us. This was our very first project and this experience has been priceless to me.