Custom Classic Trucks cover truck for August 2003 "Diver Advance
Design Jimmy" 1949 GMC. Being built over a nine-year period at a
cost of over $200,000 set new standards for distinctive looks and
features unlike any build of its time. The conceived forward
thinking of Del Driver made this highly customized hauler into a
work of art. The extensive list of awards shows a lifetime
Working from the ground up started by grafting a Camaro IFS front
clip, boxed the rails and cleverly C-notched the frame. Camaro
3.55.1 differential and rear suspension assembly including the
spring hangers and leaf springs. This gives a 11-inch-lower ride
height from factory GMC but retains the full suspension travel.
Stopping power is '79 Camaro front discs and rear drums. The Chrome
plated American Racing wheels and BF Goodrich radials 15x7 front
and 15x9 rears. GM 350ci four-bolt main Crate Motor has Cool Flex
hoses, Billet Specialties valve cover, breathers, air clean and
March Performance Pulleys gleam like a mirror. The polished
aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold with Edelbrock Performer
four-barrel carburetor is the perfect touch. A GM 700-R4 automatic
transmission with a shift-improvement kit makes for power to
pavement a smooth transition.
The hand formed Sheetmetal is in a class of its own. The Fleetside
bed has been narrowed 14 inches and shortened 18 inches. The
hand-built tonneau lid is all sheet metal and fully powered by a
ram. Power is the key word such as windows, door locks, and engine
hood! Ever see a '49 GMC with a powered rear window? The batteries
even have a state highway patrol-style jump kit. Starting from the
rear forward on body modifications '54 Chevy rear bumper
upside-down, blended in rear fenders to bed, custom fuel filler
door. The running boards have smooth look with the exhaust piping
exit by the rear wheels. Chopped the cab 3-1/2 inches and sectioned
4 inches give a cool split front windshield. It took two grilles
that had been widened in a stair-step fashion. The French
headlights have handmade metal eye-lid shades that perfectly work
the customized pancaked hood. The front fenders were widened 1 inch
in the front and tapered to the rear. PPG Laser Red urethane
tri-coat paint holds the show-standard shine.
The interior is custom stitched tan European leather seat, hand
formed door panels, and headliner. The cab floor and bed liner are
in Mercedes tan wool carpet. No expense was spared in this world
This high end Pickup could be yours for $78,900.00!
This car is being represented for a collector in the Seattle,
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