Curbside Classic: 1951 Chevrolet 310 0 Advanced Design Pickup Americas And My Favorite Truck GMs Greatest Hit No. Curbside Classic: 1951 Chevrolet 3100 “Advanced Design” Pickup …
This truck is the archetype of all pickups, in all its simple but beautiful essence.
We moved to Iowa in 1960, and these were everywhere, still hard at work on the small family farms of the time.
When I moved back to Iowa in 1971, the hippies and kids were all buying them for peanuts from the retiring farmers. The placid hum of their 216 cubic inch “stovebolt” sixes was as much a part of the aural background then as Working Man’s Dead.
One night I heard the distinctive sound of a stovebolt six running wide open in first gear, its rpm only limited by valve float. I could hear the the screaming Chevy for blocks, until it slowly melded into the background noise.
And now: well, I’ve got about a half a dozen of them in my files, but this is my favorite one by far: just the right amount of patina and ready-to-go-to-work condition. Not so with our featured truck, which has the optional rear-quarter windows. They were built right through into 1955, with just minimal changes. For that matter, this is a late ’51, because it has eight boards in the bed instead of nine.
But in the Niedermeyer Fantasy Garage, there’s a space for this truck waiting, and in exactly this condition: enough patina to show that it hasn’t forgotten what it was made to do: work. Anyway, his dad had a 1951 Chevy pickup. That was one very sharp truck. I have a Chevy 1947 truck shop manual available to the right owner, too. And if you were lucky enough to hear the engine, always seeming to rev higher than it had to while the driver released the clutch. This is one of those vehicles that makes me wonder: are its lines really that perfect?
This truck really is the perfectly proportioned and styled truck from 1950 and a few years on either end.
It was pained dull air force blue.
They have one at the Bass Pro Shops up here.
Also the newer bellhousing may require adapting to the older frame.
The 235 would bolt right in. Turned out, we hooked it up right, but neither of us wanted to reach in and hit the starter button (floor button for the starter, and the battery is under the seat. The other details I remember are the foot pedal starter and hand throttle.
It was inside but I needed to sell the house.
I focused on the 57 wagon and gave the pickup to my nephew. Yeah but you still have the Handyman. I agree this is indeed a very nice truck. Trucks have truly come a long way. On another note, my brother in laws dad had a 1974 El Camino. We would flip the air cleaner lid over and damn would those beasts suck air. The Old Navy trucks were real trucks, but most of them had no engines or transmissions. To do this on the cheap they pulled a lot of them from junkyards. In 2007-08 they changed the store decor and got rid of the trucks. Hot Rod Magazine has been there and done that, albeit with a flathead ford v8. Actually, the Chevy stovebolt 6 was one of the few overhead valve engines from before WWII. I think that there was one such engine up until quite recently: the Chrysler 3. 3 V6. I read a story on one of the forums while I owned that car. The guy wanted a new vehicle, but his wife did not want to spend the money. After a long time (I forget how long) the guy changed his mind.
If Chrysler still made the 3. 3 (or even its brother the 3. 8) I would probably have bought one instead of my Kia. The 3. 3 was the perfect motor for the Caravan. Ditto on the Chrysler 3. 3. I frequently see these trucks for sale, sans drivetrain for some odd reason. Some people seem born mechanics. I saw a lot of these trucks around when I was a kid too. I am about to restore a 1951 3100 that I have had for 40 years. Has anyone done this or put in a 292?
Black vintage Ford F-100 Truck 1957
Curbside Classic: 1956 Ford F100
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