Trucks as nice as this 1954 Chevrolet 3100 3-Window 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. Neatly restored without comprising any originality, this Advance Design Chevy has a lot going for it, and in this price range, won't last long.
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 Patriot Blue paint is just right, shiny but not flashy, practical and forever stylish, and just right for the conservative early '50s. Repainted in 2011, it was done to a great driver standard and is still holding up very well today, even with a few signs of use here and there. The Advance Design trucks are some of the best-looking of all old pickups and this one gets everything right, from the paint-matched front grille to the beautifully restored chrome bumpers fore and aft to the big, white CHEVROLET lettering on the tailgate. And speaking of the tailgate, drop it down and you'll find a wood bed painted black that has a bit of patina that makes this Chevy particularly appealing, along with a vintage toolbox painted to match. Other details include painted running boards, tight 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 gray vinyl seat cover that adds a few pleats for interest. Matching gray door inserts break up the otherwise all-steel panels that were painted to match the exterior, and carpet was installed to provide a level comfort as a noise and heat barrier. The original gauges were swapped in favor of modern vintage-style digital units that are quite nicely presented 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 1954 (and the speakers in the doors for an aftermarket unit that was uninstalled long ago), although an aftermarket unit could easily be discreetly installed into the glove box. Three-on-the-tree shifting feels light and easy to manage, with a manageable clutch and relatively short gear pattern to follow. 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 "Blue Flame" Thriftmaster six engine displaces 235 cubic inches and with 140 horses, it's powerful enough to make it fun to drive without spoiling the vintage feel. It's quite nicely detailed with turquoise paint on the engine itself, a bright chrome valve cover, a correct downdraft Rochester carburetor, and a 12-volt electrical system that makes the modern ignition system 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 solid under there with no surprises awaiting a new owner and with fresh Goodyear Wrangler radials on chrome-caped painted 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!