ROCKFORD — Mike Roediger, of Rockford, submitted his 1968 GMC Pickup to The Lima News.
Roediger’s father purchased the pickup brand new in 1968 at Sam Dixon Motors in Celina. He still has the handwritten bill of sale for $2,600 in the glovebox of the truck.
The truck was originally a half-ton, two-wheel drive. It was the farm truck. However, it was also the first vehicle that Roediger learned to drive. He remembers clearly the day his dad took him to the license bureau for his permit and then Roediger got to drive the truck home.
The truck was used in the farming process until 1990, when it was put in the barn. Roediger’s dad pulled it out of the barn in 2018 to sell. Roediger couldn’t imagine the truck going to any other family and decided to purchase the truck himself in the spring of 2018.
He started a restoration process in November of 2018. Roediger converted the truck to a four-wheel drive with a four-speed manual transmission and a 350 engine. The truck was finished in the Fall of 2019. Roediger completed the restoration himself, including all mechanical, body and paint. He and his dad were able to take it to some late car shows that year, and his dad talked about buying the truck brand new.
With nicer weather coming, Roediger hopes to take his truck to some cruise nights this year.