1954 Chevrolet 3100 5 Window
The Advance Design pickups are on the radar with enthusiasts, and if you've been holding off waiting for a deal, here's a newsflash: they will not be getting cheaper. The good news is that you can own this beautifully built 1954 Chevrolet 3100 5-window pickup for a lot less than the cost of construction and you can hit the shows the minute it lands in your driveway. OK, we'll admit it: EVERYTHING looks good in bright red paint, particularly vintage pickups with lots of curves. The vivid paint lets all those great '40s shapes stand out without making it look excessively modern. With straight bodywork that's uncommon on old trucks, it gets a ton of attention on the street and a lot of folks fall in love at first sight, especially with the more popular '53 front clip. Sure, it's been driven a little bit, but who could resist? Today it's a great-looking example of a show-and-go pickup that's fully sorted and nicely turned out. Gaps are probably better than commercial vehicle of the period, and the beautiful wood bed gives it an upscale appeal that will make you think twice about returning it to service duty. That same bed also offers a billet fuel filler so the body stays smooth, and the tailgate is highlighted by traditional CHEVROLET block letters. Bright chrome bumpers, a chrome '53 grille, and those traditional taillights add a little brightwork that looks great against the shiny red paint. Inside it's still basic and simple, but carries enough details to give it a purposeful and upscale look. The bench seat now wears gray cloth upholstery, pleated for a period look and added comfort. A contrasting wheel is fitted to a late-model tilt steering column, while a set of modern Shark gauges fit neatly into the truck's original gauge pods. There is no radio, although it looks like someone was preparing to install one, so it would be easy enough to finish the job and really upgrade the truck's on-road entertainment. It's also got some nicely fitted black carpets with gray piping and seat belts were added for safey. All-new weather seals help keep it comfortable and quiet inside, leaving you with a hauler that doesn't mind going long distances. The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy crate motor installed 5000 miles ago, and it's a big step up over the original Stovebolt Six that lived there in 1954.With an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, plus the black Chevrolet tin work, it has a dressed-up look that doesn't upset its work-ready demeanor. Power steering and power disc brakes were added during the build, and a serpentine belt drive system ensures reliability. A giant aluminum radiator with electric fans has no problem keeping it cool, and there's skillful workmanship evident throughout the engine bay. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is rugged and reliable, giving this truck the ability to still haul some gear, and it has a late-model front clip with independent suspension to really transform the ride and handling. A 10-bolt rear hangs on coil-overs and trailing arms that really sharpen up the handling and a Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds racy. The gas tank is tucked under the bed (which is why the bed floor was raised slightly) and it sits on traditional Rally wheels with spinners and trim rings, plus staggered 205/70/15 front and 225/70/15 rear blackwall radials. A beautiful truck that's ready to enjoy immediately, and probably a hot property in the future. Enjoy it now, because prices are only going up from here. Call today!