1955 GMC 100 Pick-up - NAPCO 4x4 - Show Quality 99.9% - TV and magazine !!!!
Price: US $54,500.00 Item location: Stamford, Connecticut, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: GMC
- Model: Other
- SubModel: 100 pick-up
- Type: Standard Cab Pickup
- Trim: Chrome
- Year: 1955
- Mileage: 767
- VIN: 102PY9625
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 400 cu. inch V-8
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: 4x4
- Interior color: Red/Gray
- Options: 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player
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1955 GMC Other 100 pick-up1955 GMC Pick-up
Napco four wheel drive
GM 400 small block V-8
700-R4 Automatic Transmission
373 rear gears
Remaining specifications and NAPCO HISTORY in the article below and YOUTUBE video
One of the 1st prototypes with very rare differential gear box on the drivers side.
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Disassembled all the way down to the frame; it too was stripped down to bare metal. The frame was then powder-coated satin black by the team at A Plus Coatings in Columbiana, hio
The NAPCO 4x4 "Shift On The Fly" Powr-Pak suspension was refurbished stock with both front & rear axle differentials, rivelines, niversal joints, rum brakes, acking plates, amp; shift linkage
Leaf springs (both front and rear) are dampened by Rancho shock absorbers
Set of 16x12.50-inch Eagle polished aluminum wheels are wrapped with 33/12.50-16 General Grabber ST rubber.
Chevrolet 400ci engine was disassembled; the block was magnafluxed and machined by Tub Tushine in Leetonia, hio.
They installed a set of J&E flat-top pistons and Crower I-beam connecting rods and Crower crankshaft.
The Vortec cylinder heads are complete with stainless valves, oller rockers, nd heavy duty springs.
Sanderson ceramic-coated headers were bolted up to the Vortec cylinder heads;2-1/2-inch diameter exhausts flow into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers.
Following the engine dyno break-in period, couple of power pulls were made, roducing 426 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque!
Rossler's transmission modified the valve body, ropped in some beefed up clutches and other performance internal components, he 700-R4 transmission was bolted up.
The rearend was refurbished with new axle and pinion bearings, hen stuffed with a set of Richmond 3.73 gears.
The all-steel GMC NAPCO cab, enders, ood, nd bed were fairly straight. It was delivered straighten, illed and sand the body to perfection.
It was then colored with PPG Viper Red and color sanded between coatsbefore the final multiple clear coats were applied.
It was then cut, uffed, nd polished until the deep mirror finish appeared.
A beautifully crafted Pros-Pick cedar wood bed floor is separated with stainless steel stringers.
Custom red/white leather tuck 'n' roll interior, didit tilt wheel steering column with LeCarra steering wheel.
White face gauges with wood grain panel.
An Alpine CD head unit and 600-watt amp produce ample vibes through the two 6-1/2-inch diameter Alpine speakers.
At first glance this viper red '55 GMC pickup appears to be an aftermarket, ifted 4x4. But if you look closer you will notice the NAPCO badging on the fender. What is NAPCO? It stands for Northwestern Auto
Parts Company. During the mid-'50s NAPCO started producing their Powr-Pak 4x4 conversion kits for OEM GMC and Chevrolet. Later, he Powr-Pak 4x4 kits were available for Ford and Studebaker trucks.
During the WWII years many automotive part companies focused their attention on projects commissioned by the United States government. During this time of war the parts and assemblies were tested on the
largest proving ground on the planet, nder extreme conditions. After the war, overnment priorities changed and NAPCO redirected its vast engineering and manufacturing experience to produce goods for
private industry, hich included the production of the famous NAPCO Powr-Pak 4x4 conversion.
There is some mention that NAPCO started producing 4x4 conversions for GM trucks as early as 1949. But it was not until October 28, 954, hat Chevrolet introduced the '55 1st Series. All of the NAPCO
conversions were done on 3/4-ton and larger trucks. GMC and Chevrolet were the most popular conversions. (Later the NAPCO conversions were available for Ford, tudebaker, nd other manufacturers.)
During 1955 NAPCO was very busy pushing its proven 4x4 conversion kits on truck upfitters and some of their GMC dealers across the country. That's why this '55 GMC is rare. Upfitters were companies that
installed upgrades and accessories like winches, uxiliary transmissions, andem drive axles, ump beds, nd hydrovac systems on stock factory trucks. These NAPCO-enhanced vehicles were branded with
the name "Mountain Goat" expressing their climbing abilities.
The NAPCO Powr-Pak 4x4 conversion kits were not available for GMC until 1956, hen followed with Chevrolet in '57. By the end of 1957, oth GMC and Chevrolet trucks could be ordered from the factory with
the NAPCO Powr-Pak conversion. The two offered identical systems, ther than the availability of a V-8 and an automatic transmission on the GMC trucks. The Chevrolet could only be ordered with the 235ci six-
cylinder and a four-speed manual transmission.
The first "All GM" factory 4x4s were introduced in 1960 when both Chevrolet and GMC went to a totally new chassis. NAPCO and its Powr-Pak conversion were left out of the equation due to the introduction of
GM's completely redesigned truck line featuring independent front suspension on the two-wheel-drive trucks and a four-wheel-drive specific chassis on the four-wheel-drive trucks. This was the beginning of the
end for the 4x4 Powr-Pak conversion element of NAPCO. NAPCO did produce conversion kits for a few more years, ut the main business shifted to the heavier trucks (1-1/2 ton and larger).
After a major loss of the contracts with GMC and Chevrolet to supply conversion packages, APCO sold the rights to the Powr-Pak package to the DANA Corporation in 1961. It seems that since NAPCO was
bought by DANA Corp it was pulled into its black hole during the merger or buyout of SPICER. Who knows?