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Old 12-04-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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'66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

Finally, after a year and a half of chasing down names and numbers I got a new truck! It all started the first day of school last year, I was about a mile and a half away from my school, headed to lunch, and noticed a 60's GMC grille next to a shop out of the corner of my eye. I didnt get a good look at it so I decided to come back and look at it after school. When I got back after school a cover was over it and it was locked up behind a gate. Disappionted but still excited I drove by that shop atleast 3 times a week for the next 6 months... Then one Saturday, the cover was off. I stared in from the gate for a little while and figured out it was a 64-66 GMC Custom Cab long bed with the big back window. and that was all I needed to see. The next week i drove by all the local businesses and not a single person could tell me who owned the place. They all thought it was abandoned since no one was ever there and the gate was always shut. I spent the next two months chasing dead leads and never could find the guy so I tried to forget about it. Fast forward to last monday. I was home sick and bored so I went for a drive, I passed a 65 chevy and the GMC crossed my mind, so I cruised that way. Upon my arrival I discovered some trucks from a local business sitting in the lot with an open gate... I ran across the street and asked around, turns out they were leasing the lot. I got the owners name and number and called. Turns out the truck belonged to one of his employees, so I got his number and called. We talk for a bit and he tells me it was for sale. I was ecstatic. The next day I stop by, check it out and go home to talk to my father about it. He told me we could come back Saturday and take a look. So this afternoon we go over, and end up getting it. I may have paid to much but this is what I got and I couldnt be happier

1966 GMC Custom Cab with all the trim intact
Longbed
Big Back window
Bucket seats
Power Steering
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And a 351E V-6 Automatic
and tons of other little things
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

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Old 12-04-2010, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

looks neat, would like to know more about the buckets... I know in 69 you could order the k5 buckets and console for a pu, but did not know 60-66's had them available.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

Big window, buckets, V6, she seems to be worth whatever price you paid for her. What are your plans? I'd get some new wheels and tires and drive her!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:46 PM   #5
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

All the glass is in great condition, very few dents/dings, a little rust through on the front fenders, pass door and lower rear cab corner has been swiped, only 51K on the odo (has NOT turned over), bed looks really good with near perfect wheel wells and dent free tailgate. Front bumper and grill are also dent free. Seems like it had a easy life.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:49 PM   #6
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looks neat, would like to know more about the buckets... I know in 69 you could order the k5 buckets and console for a pu, but did not know 60-66's had them available.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:53 PM   #7
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

Great story and a nice score. A lot of nice straight sheet metal there, and the unique GMC trim. I've never seen the bucket seat setup before. Good for you.

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:12 AM   #8
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

I have only seen 66 gmc with the bucket seat option.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:29 AM   #9
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

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Old 12-05-2010, 02:00 AM   #10
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

Congrats on the new truck. That's definitely a nice score. Your persistence has paid off. Is the trans a Powerglide or ?
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:44 AM   #11
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

Thanks for the comments everyone! For right now we are just going to try to get her running and see where it goes from there. I'm not quite sure on the tranny... It was too cold this evening to look over her. However, If it's any warmer tomorrow I'm going to get out and crawl all over it and see exactly what I have. And probably start draining all the fluids to see just what I'm working with.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:00 AM   #12
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

The shift indicator may give you a hint of which transmission you have. I believe the Hydramatics have a pattern as indicated in the first post on the following thread:

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...ght=hydramatic

But according to the 2nd post they may have only been used until 1962 in the GMC.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:12 AM   #13
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

The gear indicator is P-R-N-D-L. I want to believe that it is a th-400 but I also thought that was only a Chevy option...
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:21 AM   #14
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

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The gear indicator is P-R-N-D-L. I want to believe that it is a th-400 but I also thought that was only a Chevy option...
the indicator is for a power glide
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:37 AM   #15
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Re: '66 GMC BBW w/351E and Factory Buckets

That is what I had concluded after a long night on google. Haha thanks!
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That is what I had concluded after a long night on google. Haha thanks!
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Yea no age limit on that , it never gets old.
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Those look like "buddy-buckets" to me.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:22 PM   #18
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How do you know the speedo has not turned over?Is there a way to tell if it has and how many times?
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The buckets seat, consule, padded door panels and carpet was part of the new for '66 GMC "sports trim package". Congratulations on finding this "loaded" pickup, well worth the wait, all the options on your truck (except the incorrect side mirrors and wheels of course) are hard to find.That truck is definately worth restoring!

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:51 PM   #20
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I have never seen a GMC emblem like that in the grille, are those correct. I would never have believed the buckets were correct either if I would not have read it here, learn something new everyday,cool score.
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the square letters are 66 only
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How do you know the speedo has not turned over?Is there a way to tell if it has and how many times?
Judgement call...lack of wear on pedals, armrests, steering wheel, and whatnot. I could be wrong, but overall not much wear...certainly doesn't seem like 150K.
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dude nice find. Congrats.
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Really? My 64 has the square letters and the truck is mostly original. The chrome grill I bought is a square letter also. I was always wondering where the heck the rounded GMC letters came from lol
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Totally great find! I hope you plan on keeping that 351. Really sweet truck.
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