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  1. My father has owned a '36 GMC for as long as I can remember, and it has been sitting in the garage waiting for it's restoration for just as long. I'm trying to spur him to finally get to work on the rig but wanted some advice from the folks here first on the viability of going back to all original as compared to some other option. Here's what I know, sorry for no pics but he's half a country away at present so I cannot take any and he is not computer literate. Body, bed and fenders are fully intact, I believe he also has many trim items like bumpers, grille, door handles, wheel mounts, and so on. Body has very little rust and is re-primered every so many years. Chassis is intact. No engine or transmission. No interior or seats. No dash components or gauges. No glass. This will not be done to show standards, just a truck for my pops to run around in and have fun cruising. It won't be built for resell so that doesn't factor in, it will be handed down through the family. He will accordingly not be looking to spend "restoration" dollars on this, and we will be doing most or all of the work. I am just starting to look into this for him and you're my first stop for info. What is parts availability on a truck like this, even repro? Of the items mentioned, what missing parts will be the hardest to locate either used or repro? Where are the best places to look, there is a company that advertises on Speed Channel for their old truck catalogs but those don't cover this age of GMC. What is the best engine option if we want to go for near original, whats out there? Is this truck destined to become a street or rat rod or can it be made whole for reasonable cost, that's what I'm after. If all else fails he may put the body on a modern diesel chassis (keeping all the unused parts) and leave it to the next generation to restore if it comes to that. Also does anyone know the numbers these were made in or an estimate about how many survive today, or are registered? Thank you!