There are few things more American than a classic pickup….especially one that has a modified inline-6 pushing power to the rear wheels, a wood sided custom dump bed, and a Bald Eagle covered in Old Glory bursting from the hood. Prepare yourself for a healthy dose of freedom. Find this 1954 GMC 250 Dump Bed Pickup here on eBay bidding for $3,050 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Manchester, TN.
A word to the wise — if you show up in Manchester and ask a Volunteer State local if he is a City or United fan — you might find yourself picking bits of 2×4 out of your teeth. But after your geography lesson, you’ll be the best of friends and drink cold Budweiser from a bottle while writing “Football is a full contact sport” one hundred times on a chalkboard. Then, you will be ready to gaze upon the awesome that is this GMC pickup.
Under the hood is a 262 cubic inch inline-6 that has been bored 30 over (that’s 30 thousandths of an inch), equipped with a 3/4 cam (that’s half way between a street cam and a race cam FWIW), fed via 3 single barrel carbs on an aluminum (not to be confused with aluminium) Offenhauser manifold, and exhausted via a tri-power manifold. It isn’t as powerful as a V8 setup, but it sure looks cool under the hood and ticks the “different” box.
Overall, this truck looks good on the inside and out — even the dump/tilt bed looks well thought out. It is perhaps a little too nice to use as a manure hauler for your family farm, but it could be a fun weekend toy that could haul a vintage racer to the track.
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