have grown so have our shop trucks.
The FJ used to handle our swap meets and car show haulage. Powered by
a hot 202 and built by myself in the back yard at home it carried
radiators and dragged trailers into nearly every state in Australia. The
FJ ended up in quite a few Australian and US Hot Rod magazines after
Vicki and I drove it to the salt lakes in 1999, raced it, took the class
record (112 mph), and then drove it back to Melbourne.
Unfortunately, the FJ was too small for the loads as we became busier
and was replaced by the GMC. The GMC was possessed. It broke down all
over Australia in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere.
After being let down continuously, I started a campaign to totally
rebuild the mechanicals and electrics. On completion I felt confident
again. This was shattered when the LPG prepared motor burnt 2 valves
out. The supplier eventually supplied new heads and we were all happy
again.....Until the next time ... returning from the summernats with a
trailer load the rear air bags collapsed. The Jimmy shuddered to a halt
tearing out linkages and wiring - as usual in the middle of nowhere, in
the dark. It was then I decided the GMC needed a priest not a mechanic.
After returning to Melbourne and more rebuilding I decided to sell the
Jimmy to stay sane. It sold straight away and I'm pleased to say Rod
form Hot Rod Roasts, the guy who brought it, has told me repeatedly how
reliable and drivable the GMC is.
We hunted around and found a F250 cheap $1800. We started a ground up
rebuild including a Hi Comp 351, beefed up C6 Auto and a flame job. So
far the F truck has made 3 trips to the salt lakes and carried stock for
shows in most states.