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1972 GMC K2500 Pickup – Donnie Midkiff

Donnie Midkiff was looking for a 1957 Chevy truck when he ran across this 1972 GMC K2500 Pickup. Read below to see what he and his father have done to this amazing 1972 GMC. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see all of the pictures of this K2500 Pickup.

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What type of vehicle is this?: truck

Make, Model, Year of Project

1972 GMC k2500 Pickup

What stage is this in?

Somewhere between complete and not sure if it will ever get finished

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I bought this truck in 2018.

I’m at $12000 plus invested.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I always wanted a ’57 Chevy truck. That was what I was looking for but needed a daily driver.

As I looked and drove a few, I had bad knees and had a hard time with clutches and no foot room so decided on an automatic transmission and this truck kept catching my eye.

I will get me a 55-57 one day to restore soon.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

It was in fair shape, not quite in the shape I expected.

I redid all the brakes, the radiator, top end gaskets on motor, went back with manual fuel pump, all new ol school exhaust.

I have done a lot of mechanical work.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

The engine is a 1987-1995. That is what I can tell with casting number.

It has a TH350 Transmission.

It had long tube headers and was causing a lot of problems with heat related incidents. I went thru 3 starters and flexplate.

That’s when I went with ram horn manifolds and stock duel exhaust.

I reworked the radiator.

I gave it new tires and wheels.

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

It had a lot of leaks everywhere so I replaced gaskets from valve covers and intake.

This was a throttle body 5.7l converted to a Quadra Jet 4 bbl carburetor.

Where have you purchased your parts?

Pretty much all of my parts came from O’Riely auto parts and my dad and I did most of the labor ourselves.

My old school exhaust was done by a good friend of mine from school named Richard Arlan. He has done all of my exhaust systems since 1974 when I started driving. There been lots of vehicles since then and my whole family has looked to Richard to do theirs also. He knows what I like and never disappoints me.

What about you?

I’ll be 58 this year and have owned a lot of new vehicles over the years but never as proud as my old ’74 Chevy that my pop and I built when I was in high school. That’s what inspired me to get this truck.

I couldn’t work in the computer generation and always had an interest in older trucks. My Pop shared the same interest. He is the one who told me that this was the truck for us to work on. He will be 80 this year and still loves to help me work on the “Ol’ Girl”


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