614 E. Auto Center Dr.
Mesa , Arizona
When you have a truck this interesting, it's worth taking the time to restore it right. This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 is a former federal workhorse and was also was under the care of long-term ownership after that. So all the unique and attention-grabbing details were earned.
According to the consignor, this truck was used for the U.S. Forest Service out of Applegate, Oregon. When its time with the government was done, it was then owned by the same family for nearly a half-century. With this kind of history, it's great to see this truck wearing it so well. The correct blue-green paint has a plenty of gloss to attract attention, but as you get closer, it still retains a degree of worn-in that you want on a truck that you know worked for a living. The same goes for the U.S. Forest Service badges on the doors. The authenticity continues with all the correct accessories tied down in the real wood truck bed, mounted on the wooden bedrails, and even the fire extinguishers mounted on the side step.
The interior has more of that great Americana feeling. The steering wheel and dash have that perfect amount of wear to constantly remind you of the generations who have enjoyed this truck. And it all remains functional, right down to the working heater and shifting instructions bolted to the dash. The bench seat has even been recovered in cloth to add extra comfort without jeopardizing this vintage atmosphere.
Under the hood is a 235 cubic-inch inline six. This is the correct displacement for '54, and it's even believed to be original to the truck. You can tell there was a small fortune spent restoring this motor so that the bold blue block and head radiate from within the tidy darkness. And this one is also setup to be a great classic with a 12-volt electric system and even a battery tender mounted on the firewall. These classic Chevy sixes have a durable reputation that's great for a vintage workhorse like this. While it's not an all-out speed machine, the four-speed manual transmission ensures you are in complete control of the powerband. Besides, you don't buy a truck like this for all-out performance. Sure, a small block fits easily in the engine bay, but your largest enjoyment is watching others see you ride around town in this alluring package.
Complete with owner's manual, this is the truck with a story to tell. So if you want your vintage machine to attract a crowd, call today!