AYALA 49 GMC RESTORATION STARTED
In 2011 the Historic Ayala GMC Shop Truck changed hands once again. The new caretaker is in the process of a full historical correct restoration.
Progress Report Part 1.
In the Summer of 2017 we did an Feature Article on the Gil’s Auto Body Works GMC shop truck. At the end of the article we mentioned the good news that the current owner of the truck, Jim Bobowski, was in the process of restoring the car back to how it originally was restyled by the Ayala’s in the early 1950’s. Jim recently send the Custom Car Chronicle some update photos of the cars restoration process. And we are very excited to be able to share it here with you.
Jim and the team is doing a complete frame-off restoration, and all changes made to the car after Gil sold it, are going to be taken away, and everything is being brought back to the cars first restyled version. Painted metallic dark green with soft green flames. When Jim started to sand down the body, they discovered that most of the body was stripped down to metal at some point. But fortunately they came across all the previous colors used on the car between the body and the cab. Also behind the interior some of the original green has been found. So they will be able to perfectly match the Custom Mixed Color Gill created for the shop truck.
The headliner that is in the car is still the original that Chavez did in the early 1950’s, only it has been dyed dark gray by Geisler in the 1980’s. Hopefully the dye will be able to be removed, or perhaps it has to be re-dyed back to how it used to be. Time will tell. The Frame had to be backdated using on original GMC front section. In the 1980’s Bruce Geisler had added a Nova front clip and a 6-71 blown small block Chevy, a TH350 transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end. The engine is now replaced with an Jimmy straight 6 , a hot 270 CID with a Howards cam and 5 Strombergs. Everything will be exactly as it used to be on the original engine, when Gil created it.
Look careful and you will be able to see the original Custom mixed Ayala green paint topped by pink added by Bruce Geisler in ’57. Followed by Candy red in the ’60’s, Geisler green primer ’80’s, then Geisler pink (primer) again in the ’90’s.
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