1971 GMC 1500 Pickup

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Since 94% of the readers who voted on the Do Post-1955 Pickups Belong On DOTS? poll answered in the affirmative, I went right out and shot the first such truck I could find. I didn't have to go far, because Alameda is chock-full of 60s and 70s pickups; this '71 GMC is just the first of many you'll see here (and don't worry, Ford, Mopar, and Japanese pickup fans- you'll see plenty of stuff not made by The General).

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The 1500 was the GMC-branded 1/2-ton pickup, pretty much the same thing as the Chevy C10.

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The orange-and-blue paint job, no doubt applied with rattle-cans on a jobsite back in '91, looks pretty good on this truck. I've always thought a pickup truck should be ready for you to toss a big old paint-spattered ladder into the bed from 10 feet away, and you shouldn't care if it puts a dent in something.

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No goddamn crew cab, leather upholstery, or 10-speaker stereo here. As for cup holders, you just let the coffee spill on the floor! Now I need to go listen to some Merle Haggard.

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But GM didn't totally skimp on style here- some nice-looking industro-trim on this grille.




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The last truck my dad drove before losing his license to blindness (in his mid-20s) was a '72 Chevy C10 shortbed. It was a beat to hell bare-bones base model with a straight-six & 3-spd manual with a floor-mounted Hurst shifter (because the column linkage had bit the dust).

After he gave up his license due to an accident where he totaled five other cars with the truck (and drove it home from the police station), it bounced among my uncles until my cousin got it at age 14. He tore it apart to restore but got sidetracked by a '72 Chevelle and sold the truck for parts.

I still haven't quite forgiven him, and I'm still on the lookout for another base-model, shortbed I6/3spd one of these trucks for myself. The more beat, the better.