1948 Chevrolet 3100SOLD

1948 Chevrolet 3100

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The best resto-mods are the purest: they look stock, but offer modern performance and comfort. This 1948 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck is a perfect example. At first glance, it's a nicely restored old pickup, but under the hood there's a modern 350, an automatic transmission, and a smooth-riding independent front suspension. There are no compromises in this truck. Bright red is a wonderful choice for an old pickup. We can all envision a truck just like this, which years ago was working in a field with a denim-clad farmer tossing hay bales into the bed. Today it has been restored to better than new condition, including that dazzling bright red finish that's so nice, you'll be afraid to throw anything sharper than a pillow into the back. A lot of these were worked to death, but this one seems solid and clean, so it was probably not a farm mule and survived its working years completely intact. The Advance Design pickups have become collector's items in their own right, combining timeless good looks with great drivability, and this one seems to have distilled the essence of that idea into sharper focus. This one is also the highly-sought "five window" cab, which features additional quarter windows not found in standard cabs. Inside, the basics remain, well, basic. Although the goal was to make this a truck capable of cruising like a modern vehicle, the builder didn't want to lose the flavor of a vintage machine. So there's a bench seat, now upholstered in cloth instead of vinyl, and the original metal dash has been restored, not modified. All the original gauges remain in place, giving a good view of goings-on under the hood, and there aren't any modern gauges that would be as stylish. Door panels are still steel, the floor is still covered by a rubber mat, and there is no radio. You will, however, appreciate the tilt wheel topped by a vintage-appearing steering wheel from LaCarrera, as well as a column-mounted shifter for the TH350 automatic transmission, which was not available in on any Chevrolet in 1948. The original six-cylinder engine and stump-pulling gears are long gone, replaced by a rebuilt 350 cubic inch V8 about five years ago. However, the goal wasn't tire-shredding horsepower, but rather comfortable cruising without disturbing the character of the original vehicle. In that regard, it is extremely successful. The engine runs without a fuss, breathing through a single exhaust so it doesn't sound like a hot rod. Up front, the suspension is now a Mustang II type setup, with power rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. A durable Ford 9-inch lives out back, and carries a more street-friendly set of gears so this one can cruise all day at highway speeds. The original steel wheels wearing 215/70/15 whitewall radials give it an honest, blue-collar look. So if you're attracted to an original truck, but would like to have one with a wider operating range than an original, here you go.

Reference Number 141555

as of 9/18/2011

Overview
Car 1948 Chevrolet 3100
VIN 8FPE5520 
Mileage 7,763 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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