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Author Topic: 1963 GMC crew cab 2door 2wd Stageway built custom cab - RARE c30  (Read 247 times)


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1963 GMC custom cab 2 door crew cab - EXTREMELY RARE!

A little background on these old crew cabs. Contrary to what MANY believe, the 60-66 crew cabs, in both 2 door, 3 door, and 4 door, were NEVER built by GM. They were built by specialty coach companies like Stageway Coaches, Crown Steel Products, St Catherines Auto Bodies LTD, Pacific Body Builders, etc. They were usually built to be work trucks for forestry services, mines, railroads, etc. The same companies also stretched and added doors to Suburbans for airport transport and sight seeing tours like in Yellowstone.

There is no documentation on who exactly built this crew cab, but I have found 2 other documented 2 door crew cabs which were built by Stageway, and the way the back seat panels and interior were done looks to be identical. The rumor from one of the other 2 door owners, is that they only built 12 of the 2 door crew cabs, and that the rest were 4 doors. I have only ever seen 3 including my own, but have seen probably 30 or more coach built 4 door crew cabs, so it may be true, yet we have no way to confirm nor deny the numbers. Feel free to message me and I can share with you photos and screenshots found around the internet on the information of these trucks.

I found this truck sitting, and I knew I had to have it. I located the owner, and made a deal. I put some fresh gas in it, new fuel lines, swapped a known good carb on it, and an ignition coil, and boom, it runs. It had a dry brake fluid master, so I swapped a new one onto it, and it now has brakes. It did have a flatbed poorly attached to the modified frame, so I removed that. Drove it around town a bit, down the highway, etc, and had a blast. Gathered up a bunch of parts for a wild build, and my dreams got shot down when a large winter job backed out, so I have to sell this unicorn. Specs are as follows.

Canadian built by GMC of Canada(vin plate)
1963 GMC custom cab - full custom cab trim, emblems, etc
Stageway built 2 door crew cab conversion(no badges but identical match to other documented 2 door stageway builds)
Tabbed, titled, registered in WA state
35,xxx shown on speedo, no clue if rolled over or not.
Custom cab interior with dual visors, arm rests, suburban front seat for rear seat access, deluxe steering wheel
Suburban front seat has flip forward passenger seat for rear seat access
Factory power drum brakes
307 engine that runs pretty well, with new ignition coil
Granny gear 4 speed transmission and tailshaft e-brake all work properly
Squarebody rear frame section grafted on in the past with 14 bolt full floater and leaf springs, shortbed length
16" wheels - tires are ok, some cracking but definitely good for rollers or driving around town
Rust - as all these trucks have, its relatively minor. Rust in rear quarter behind drivers door, door corners, fender bottoms, and slight in cab corners. Rust is not nearly as bad as almost every truck I've had roll through, but it is there.

You could totally restore this truck and have a wicked family hauler cruiser, or simply throw a bed on it and drive it. I purchased it so I could haul the whole family around to car shows in style, but having a large job back out just before winter, I am forced to put this up for sale. Clear title in my name, and I reserve the right to end the auction early.



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