1950 Chevrolet 3100

Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth, TX



Year 1950
Mileage 50250
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Chevrolet
Model 3100

3100 1950

Title Status --
Exterior Color Patina
Interior Color Black


With patina being all the rage today, taking something that looks old and filling it with fresh mechanicals is an awesome way to have your cake and eat it, too. The bodywork on this 1950 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window pickup looks like it's been working the back 40 for decades, but the slammed stance, updated running gear, and custom interior all suggest that it's been working out in its spare time.

The bodywork is original, which is to say, it hasn't been treated to a shiny coat of paint. The combination of brown and black paint, surface rust, chips and scratches accrued decades ago, and bare GM steel gives it a look of great age, and if this one was out in a field with the weeds growing around it, it wouldn't look out of place. But that isn't to say that it looks bad, because we like the honest look and the faded badging add to the well-worn, well-loved attitude. Looking closely, you'll see that the 'paint' hides nothing, but the panel gaps are good, meaning someone spent some time intentionally making it look this way, and other than the bumpers nothing major has been shaved, trimmed, or altered off of the original 5-window design. Instead, you get a look that will draw a crowd better than any restoration and a no worries finish that means this truck can go anywhere, any time without a second thought. There's a tiny bit of chrome left as well, with that iconic horizontal grille and headlight surrounds up front, along with the flashy 'Old-Style' rims on its feet, and that little bit of contrast really takes this truck to another level. There's also a real wood pickup bed out back, albeit with a cleverly raised floor to clear the suspension, so you can actually use this truck for its original purposes.

The comfortable yet basic interior has been partially restored but not excessively modified, adding function without losing all that's great about these trucks. The original bench seat is wrapped in comfortable red cloth and the exposed metal floors gives it a function-over-form look that we love. The dashboard includes factory gauges to keep an eye on the warmed-over small block V8 under the hood, although they should all be upgraded for better accuracy. There's a modern, wood-rimmed Grant GT steering wheel atop a swapped-in tilt column, right where the original would have lived, so there's a lot more room for the driver in the cab, and a stalk for the blinkers was added as well. There's also a shifter on that column that manages the automatic transmission below, updated pedals down below, and stock black door panels at the sides to match the blacked-out dashboard. You can use this one every day and not get tired, which is surely the sign of quality workmanship.

The engine is a 305 HO V8 reportedly swapped in from a 1984 Camaro Z/28, which is a big step up over the original Stovebolt Six that lived there in 1950. With a Comp Cam, Holley carb, and an Edelbrock aluminum intake it's running great, and with chrome valve covers and a matching air cleaner up top, it has a dressed-up look that doesn't upset its work-ready demeanor. Power steering and power front disc brakes were added during the build, both of which came with the modern subframe that was grafted on. A 700R4 4-speed automatic is rugged and reliable, giving this truck the ability to still haul some gear and cruise at high speeds on the highway, and the 10-bolt rear end has friendly gears inside. A single Magnaflow muffler, dual-pipe exhaust system sounds racy and it's been fitted with a later Nova-style front end and tube-style shocks out back so the ride is a lot less truck-like than you'd expect from something of this vintage. Torque Thrust 'Old Style' wheels enhance any vintage hauler and staggered 215/60/15 front and 23x12.5x15 rear radials give it the perfect stance.

An incredible illusion or just an incredible truck? How about both? If you want to attract attention, forget bright red paint and loud mufflers, this patina-covered pickup is the hot ticket. Call today!


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