1955Looking back in time, we are able to write on behalf of your Thunder Bay GMC Truck Service in ON and chat about some of the coolest trucks from our past.  The 1955 GMC Suburban pickup was the most recent truck in the spotlight for us and we already discussed much of what made this truck tick under the hood over seventy years ago.  “Of course, the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup was a fully functional truck. It rode a 114-inch wheelbase and had a 6.5-foot-long cargo bed. The sturdy full-parallel frame boasted six crossmembers instead of the previous GMC pickup’s four.”

In addition to the above, these trucks also had expanded track dimensions along with both front and rear leaf springs that went up in length as well.  If you were reading any reviews 70 years ago regarding these Thunder Bay GMC Truck, you would learn, also, that the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup ran with the standard 248.5-cid, 125-horsepower six that had been used since 1953. And, finally, we would be remiss without a discussion, or at least a mention of the one thing that everyone ooohed and ahhhed about back then and that is the introduction of any new trucks in the V-8 category.  “Big selling points for both Chevy and GMC’s 1955 truck lines were their first-ever optional V-8s.”

Did you know that GMC wasn’t meaning to create a masterpiece when they introduced the Suburban in 1955?  That’s right.  GMC intended its pickup as a promotional piece that would lure customers into showrooms, which would explain the single-season production run of only 300 units (one source claims 326). “GMC’s was the new 287.2-cid powerhouse from Pontiac, good for 155 bhp; the Cameo’s 265-cid Chevrolet V-8 was rated at 145 bhp. Like the Cameo, the Suburban could be ordered with any of four transmissions: heavy-duty three-speed, three-speed with overdrive, four-speed manual, or four-speed Dual-Range Hydra-matic.”