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1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Uber Cool Patina and an Amazing Drive Experience

Make: Chevrolet
Model: 3100
Type: Standard Cab Pickup
Year: 1953
Mileage: 100000
VIN: H53J022046
Color: Gray
Engine: six-cylinder Thriftmaster 216.5 cu
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1953 Chevrolet 3100 Additional Info:

I first acquired this cool truck in New York State around 2012 and it has been the source of so many great experiences. Every trip it gets attention even if just at the gas station. It drives super nicely, runs on the highway well, and is simply a great truck that was made when metal was metal! It is a seriously well made body. The natural sun-driven patina has been protected, it shows no signs of rust or oxidation beyond how it was intended when it was restored as somewhat of a "rat rod" and it is licensed and on the road regularly as our personal ride. There are no special tricks to it - no hold your foot this way and shake something that way to get it going. This car just starts and drives.

The front dual glass is in good shape other than a tiny chip on the right side. Both side windows have a cracks but operate fine. As many know, parts for the 53 Chevy are plentiful (including the side windows) with essentially every component on this truck easily ordered online. I can imagine some people might want to replace door seals and things like that. I chose not to because I like it the way it is and also, somewhere you draw a line and say (as I did), this is a fun inexpensive ride that brings me great joy but I might feel different about it if I started upgrading various components when it is a great driving pickup truck that gets plenty of attention and is thoroughly dependable as it is right now.

This1953 ChevyC3100 pickup features the original inline overhead valve, six-cylinder Thriftmaster 216.5 cubic-inchengine. Its bore and stroke is 3.5 inches by 3.75 inches, with a compression ratio of 6.6:1. It generated 84 net horsepower at 3,400 rpm. The truck runs really nicely, the three on a tree shifts perfectly, the clutch is great, reverse is sensational, the lights, heat/blower, even the vacuum driven wipers all operate and we use it almost every day during the summer for something - usually a run into town (we live in a country house). Rear signals have been added for compliance and safety. Might need a new muffler soon though - or at least a repair. Press the starter and this truck is ready to drive. The frame and other components are in excellent condition - the underside has been oiled as part of it's storage maintenance. The floor is in excellent condition with no rust through or damage (see pics).

The original alternator ought to be upgraded/replaced - I can't attest to whether it is really doing what it should or not as essentially only the lights and starter draw on the 12v battery and it comfortably maintains a full charge. Once a month I put it on an overnight trickle charger to be sure it has the full charge. That might be on the to-do list for a new owner but I don't think especially necessary. As there are so few components operating from the battery, it is an easy task. The bench seat has been recently reupholstered. I just uploaded the pics - sorry I had the old seat in the listing at first.

This car will not disappoint. Shipping must be arranged by the purchaser (though I can help and there are options to anywhere in the world), payment must be in full prior to any delivery and payment is by cleared money order, e-transfer, PayPal or cash. Deposit of $2,000 immediately on a successful bid and full payment required within 7 days. Ownership is clean and clear and the truck comes with title papers. The actual mileage is unknown - the speedo is not working.

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