This is the second old rusty truck today that I have fallen head over heels in love with. I’m still trying to find the right project car to shove in the garage here at BangShift Eastern World HQ and all of a sudden a 1955 GMC may have raced into the lead.
This wrecker is amazing because it was made by a Tulsa, Oklahoma area body shop likely about 60 years ago. It has a simple a-frame made of steel pipe (pretty easy to come by in Tulsa!), a Tulsa brand winch, a sling, and that’s about it. The truck has plenty of surface rust and patina, apparently rotten cab corners, but the good stuff is all there. This thing would have had a Pontiac V8 in it from the factory back in ’55 but over time that engine was swapped for a 283ci Chevy small block. That engine apparently smokes so bad that you cannot see around it, so it’ll need help. The truck has all the glass, it has all the trim which is inside the cab, and it has some cool custom modifications.
I love the way that the back of the bed was modified for added clearance when a car is on the sling and the whole character of the truck. Rust repair, maybe spruce up the wrecker rig, and re-ring the engine and then have a blast cruising.
Hmmmm…..I may need to get in on this thing.