Val and Audrey Hilker

1951 GMC 100 Truck owned by Val and Audrey Hilker
1951 GMC 100 Truck owned by Val and Audrey Hilker

I bought this 1951 GMC 100 truck in 2001 in Fort McMurray.   Some work had been done on it, but the truck was far from being finished.  I disassembled it to the frame, and then took the frame to Edmonton to have a 78 Camaro rear end and front clip installed.     I then reassembled the truck to the point where body work was required. I was referred to Athabasca Collision for the body work which they completed in June 2005.   The truck still needed some fine tuning to make it driveable, but I had it ready for the road for the 2005 Sylvan Lake Show and Shine that summer.

Checking out the 1951 GMC Truck
Checking out the 1951 GMC Truck

Our first long trip was to Radium, B.C. and the trip was eventful.  We broke down before we got to Canmore because we had a tire rub problem.   After installing new tires and fixing a few other mechanical glitches, we were on the road again.   For the first few years, it seemed like we couldn’t drive past Canmore without problems.

We have had a lot of great trips with the truck over the past eleven years.  A couple trips that have been especially memorable have been to Yellowstone National Park and the Coeur d’Alene “Car d’Lane” 20th anniversary classic car show.

License Plate on Val and Audrey Hilker's 1951 GMC Truck
License Plate on Val and Audrey Hilker’s 1951 GMC Truck

Editor’s Note:

This is the license plate on Val and Audrey’s 1951 truck.  Most vehicle enthusiasts will probably agree that it accurately expresses the costs associated with buying, restoring and maintaining these vehicles!