LIMA — Most will remember 1972 as being the year of the Watergate scandal that eventually led to the resignation of our President, Richard Nixon. This was also the year that GMC was in fourth place among U.S. light truck manufacturers. General Motors started producing the GMC and Chevy 1/2 ton pickup trucks on the same assembly lines to reduce costs in 1967. The light duty GMC trucks were built in Chevy plants, while the medium and heavy duty trucks were produced at GMC plants. That was the end of GMC as a separate truck division. There is one big visual difference between a 1967 through 1972 GMC and Chevrolet pickup truck, and that is the grill. GMC kept the same basic look of the grill for all six model years, with only subtle changes. GMC also had dual headlights and parking lights mounted in the grill. Chevy changed the grill on trucks every two years.
John and Sharon Bilopavlovich, of Lima, brought their 1972 GMC Pickup to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. They have owned it since 1984. It was purchased from Bilopavlovich’s brother, Mike, who had used it at his gas station and to plow snow. A restoration process was started in 1989. The best memory is being the first truck from Lima to win at the James Dean in Indiana in 1986.