SOLID ORIGINAL SOUTHERN TRUCK, 216 CI I6, 3-SPEED, GREAT RUNNING/DRIVING TRUCK!!
Trucks as nice as this 1951 Chevrolet 3100 aren't going to be this affordable for much longer, so take a good look, compare this one to the others on the market, and watch as an old farm truck turns into a smart investment.
It costs just as much to restore a truck as it does a car, but very few get the full treatment like this lovely 3100 simply because the values don't justify it. It's obvious this one was done for love, because it's quite well done without the usual "upgrades" that take away from the vintage feel. The bright metallic green paint is just right, shiny but not flashy, practical and forever stylish, and just right for the conservative early '50s. The Advance Design trucks are some of the best-looking of all old pickups and this one gets everything right, from the shiny chrome grille to the beautifully restored chrome bumpers to the big, white CHEVROLET lettering on the tailgate. And speaking of the tailgate, drop it down and you'll find a wood bed that has a bit of patina that makes this Chevy particularly appealing. Other details include painted running boards, new weather seals, and factory-style emblems for just the right period look.
The interior is basic, no doubt about that, but that's also a big part of an old pickup truck's charm. The original bench seat is wrapped in a fresh tan vinyl seat cover that adds a few pleats for interest. Contrasting dark brown door inserts break up the otherwise all-steel panels and original-style rubber floor mats mean that getting a little dirt inside is no big deal. The original gauges are quite nicely finished with bright numbers and clear lenses and the dash and steering column are painted to match the interior. There's no radio, because such things were still optional in 1951, but there is an under-dash heater that's remarkably effective should you need it and three-on-the-tree shifting feels light and easy to manage. The big steering wheel offers plenty of leverage on the unassisted steering, so it even feels reasonably nimble in traffic or, say, the parking lot at the local home center.
Chevy's smooth and utterly reliable "stovebolt" six engine displaces 216 cubic inches and it's powerful enough to make it fun to drive without spoiling the vintage feel. It's quite nicely detailed with black paint on the engine itself, a Chevy Orange valve cover, a correct downdraft carburetor, and a 12-volt electrical system that makes the HEI distributor possible. It starts easily with a great trucky grumble from the single exhaust pipe, and you'll probably find that it goes about its business with a minimum of fuss. The chassis got a good cleaning, too, with original equipment throughout, from the rigid front axle to the 3-speed manual gearbox, to the 4-wheel drum brakes that are perfectly adequate given the truck's modest performance. It's really quite nice under there with no surprises awaiting a new owner and with fresh Toyo radials on chrome steel wheels, it definitely has an old school look.
You absolutely will not see trucks this nice being this affordable for very much longer. A great opportunity for a great truck. Call now!
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- Front Brakes
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