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Gareth's '55 Camper

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Gareth's '55 Camper

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  2. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    looks just right...
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  3. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
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  4. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 211

    from devore, Ca

    Just needs a race car in tow.
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  5. D.Lee
    Joined: Oct 21, 2015
    Posts: 167


    Ah yes, the right tires to, very cool truck!
    I’ve been looking for one of these campers for years for my 56.
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  6. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,823

    from KCMO

    Love it
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  7. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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  8. Very CL Camper Shell !!!

    Considering Gareth's '55 Chevy is so nice, I would consider polishing the camper shell:

    Chevy pickup with POLISHED Alaskan camper shell.jpg

    ... or perhaps paint it:

    Chevy pickup with PAINTED camper shell (1).jpg
    Chevy pickup with PAINTED camper shell (2).jpg

    Then again ... if his '55 was mine, I'd find a vintage utility camper shell (with tool storage) so I could use it to tow my straight-axle Deuce Vicky to & from the dragstrip :

    Chevy pickup towing a Deuce Vicky dragcar.JPG
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2020
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  9. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    Steinbeck would be proud. Serious Travels with Charley vibes.
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  10. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
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    Gareth is awesome.
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  11. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    Wish I could find a truck like that!!! Even the longer wheelbase/box/ton version would be fine with me. Should have kept my 58, ex-Navy, long box that had a 55, 4 barrel, 265 in it. 3-speed on the column; it was still gray in color. Seems every car/truck I've ever had, I'd like to have back. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  12. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,770


    Purrfect! A few days ago I was daydreaming about building a campertop for my ´51 3600 once it is on the road, but I doubt I could come up with something that nice... maybe I should just try...
  13. y'sguy
    Joined: Feb 25, 2008
    Posts: 470

    from Tulsa, OK

    Have kept an eye out for one to fit my 64 F100 longbed to no avail. came close , but no cigar.
    This is one is just right!
  14. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 1,760

    41 GMC K-18

    I wished I would have never sold this 55 IHC pick up truck. It came with this very cool home built dog house with shake shingles.
    kate and binder (2).jpg rebecca on door (2).jpg
  15. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
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    general gow
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    that truck is nigh unto perfect. and it has had my gears turning since i first saw it on ig.

    something like that for the next summer long alaska road trip? hmmm...
  16. 38bill
    Joined: Dec 20, 2019
    Posts: 81

    from Minnesota

  17. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,369

    anthony myrick

    This guy came up for sale
    apparently, it raises up and down with a jack system.
    has a bed stove and sink area.
  18. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,923

    from Idaho

    Lots of those galvanized looking units were sitting in back yards, alleys, or leaning up against some garage. Then, as soon as you realized you needed one, they were all gone.
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  19. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,223


    What a wonderful truck and camper shell. As trends go, this deal is red hot right now. I looked at a vintage art deco topper here on the classifieds a couple years ago. I realized I did not have the funds for the project and withdrew into reality, but it didn't put our the fire. I was able to ascore a brand new tailgate that was taken off from a 1966 c-10 when new and a camper shell installed. I have little bit of the story anyway. Thanx for featuring this swell rig. kudo's
  20. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 2,720

    rusty valley

    i have one of those alaskan pop up's like anthony shows above, but some one mounted the top section on to plywood walls to make a fish house. not mint, but not junk, could be had for cheap. who needs a project?
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  21. 38bill
    Joined: Dec 20, 2019
    Posts: 81

    from Minnesota

    I read this post and thought Minnesota. Sure enough! A lot of those old campers ended up on the ice.
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  22. Gareth
    Joined: Jun 18, 2008
    Posts: 86

    from San Diego

    Thanks for the kind words, Ryan. It’s been a fun project and I’m enjoying driving it. Over the weekend I swapped in an overdrive trans (NP440 4 speed manual) which has made it even more usable. Looking forward to some road trips.
    I’m on the hunt for a single axle trailer to tow the 34 pickup. Should look right at home behind the 55.


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