Matt Crane’s 1959 GMC pick-up

Matt Crane bought his 1959 GMC pick-up as a project which ended up as a four-and-a-half year build

Photographers: Ben Hosking

“I BOUGHT my GMC pick-up from California via Craigslist in 2010 as a project vehicle. Once it arrived in Australia I dismantled it to discover a multitude of dodgy repairs and modifications.

Once I had fixed all the issues and carried out rust repairs, body repairs and mods, my mate Jamie then coated it in DeBeer light beige for a period-correct pastel colour.

The cabin houses a Glide Engineering split-bench seat, custom gauges, Lokar shifter and an Ididit tilt column, and the trim material is Bridge Of Weir maroon leather.

There’s a big-block 427ci Chev up front with LS7 heads, Crane street roller cam, LS7 Chevy dimple 4340 conrods and TRW hollow-dome pistons, topped by dual quad Edelbrock 600cfm carbs. It’s backed by a Rossler TH700 Terminator trans with a 2800rpm stall converter, running through a Mark Williams 3½-inch chrome-moly tailshaft to a four-linked, coil-overed Strange nine-inch housing with a Strange polished centre and 31-spline axles.

Brakes are PBR twin-spot calipers and 300mm rotors up front and VS Commodore discs on the rear. Total build time on and off was four-and-a-half years.”