As Americans returned home from postwar Europe and went back to peacetime work, demand for working vehicles soared. Auto companies went to work revamping their aging truck offerings, and in 1947 Chevrolet was first out of the gate with its Advanced Design series of pickups. The new trucks were a completely modernized departure from the previous generation. Headlights were integrated into the front fenders, grilles resembled passenger car designs, and the roomy cab was designed with full ventilation, abundant head and leg room and a new dashboard that would inspire future car designs. The new Advanced Design pickups led the way in sales through their entire era, which lasted into 1955.
Finished in two tone white and green, this 1954 Chevy 3100 was the recipient of a frame off restoration completed around 8 years ago. Since the restoration, the truck has been stored in a climate controlled garage and driven sparingly.
The truck has been stripped down and painted in a new coat of two stage paint. All the chrome has been redone, all the glass is new, and the rubber body seals were replaced as well. The interior features new door cards, headliner, restored seat, and of course new paint. The bed has all new oak as well as new stainless slats.
The engine is the tried and true 235 Thriftmaster inline-6 and it runs like a top. While they are somewhat less powerful than modern motors, these engine are extremely reliable, easy to work on, and smooth running. Around the Thriftmaster, the engine compartment is nicely restored with all new lines, hoses and rebuilt components. The truck uses the factory exhaust manifold which flows into a brand new exhaust system.
When the truck was apart, the frame was stripped of all its suspension components and media blasted down to bare metal. After a heavy coat of new black paint, all new suspension components were put back onto the truck from front to rear. All the brake lines and hoses are of course new as well.
For the Chevy enthusiast looking for a nicely restored, classy old truck, this 3100 is your choice.