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Just in from Northern California is this 1958 GMC truck with car hauler/recovery beavertail body.
The cab is in superb condition and is the very desirable big back window version. All glass is excellent, door windows go up and down fine, all handles, etc present apart from vent window handles (I'll see if I have a pair). It has seats from an '80s pickup which do the job and look okay. Cab floor is fully carpeted, carpet has faded in the California sun.
All lights work, but some gauges incl speedo don't at this time and wipers not working either, though they are electric so may be something simple. A set of Dolphin gauges with electronic speedo would be a good and inexpensive purchase as it makes the speedo easy to calibrate for whatever running gear is fitted.
Engine is a 400 cu in crate motor mated to a TH400 auto trans with floor shifter. Both are sweet, can't wait to get the reg number through so I can give it a decent road test and report back.
Brake pedal is a little low but they do work, handbrake needs looked at, will get a look at that shortly.
Tyres are all decent, rears are like new and the full set of 16" Alcoa alloys are in good condition.
Body is 15ft long, 6ft 8 in wide, comes with 6 ft ramps and is apparently a recent build and was never used in anger. It does look heavy but it's the kind of thing you can modify to suit your specific needs if you like. It has a winch mounting plate but no winch.
Great tool to take your ride to the drags, Pendine etc, way kooler than turning up with a Transit or a trailer.
Tax and MOT exempt, it will be UK registered and ready to drive away soon.
Location: Grangemouth Docks, Central Scotland, FK3 8UB
Price: £9995
Contact: Jim on 07593 187939 or [email protected] or PM me through this site.



























 

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:bump: been too busy to do anything with this so far, still waiting on the NOVA anyway, bit slow this time round
 

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NOVA here, UK reg applied for, spotted flat spot on front tyres so 2 new commercial tyes bought today, will get them fitted soon
 

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What year and spec is the Nova?
Sorry Jay, I should explain that better mate, I overlooked the Chevy Nova connection there. The NOVA is the new customs form that proves duties and VAT have been paid. It gets issued by HMRC to enable UK registration.
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:bump: your chance to have a heavier car hauler that (because it's pre 1960) doesn't need to go to a VOSA HGV testing station when used privately.
 

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pity we couldnt do a two for one trade ,,
 

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number plates fitted, got some fuel in it and started running about with it. Drives well but will need the beavertail body altered a bit before carrying heavy vehciles as they screwed it up and the tyres can rub. We are thinking of building a complete new body and keeping it, but if somebody wants to buy it, it's ready to go just now.
 

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you could replace the cab and sheet metal with a COE cab and flog this excellent cab and front sheet metal to somebody needing them for a pickup as they are the same size.
 
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