Chevrolet 3100 - 1/2 Ton Pickup Truck 1949
4 Speed Manual
Black and Red
Brighton Motorsports is pleased to offer this classy yet timeless "Advanced Design Series" 1949 Chevrolet Pickup Truck. Billed as a bigger, stronger, and sleeker design, it was first available in June of 1947, and were sold with various minor changes over the years until March of 1955 when they were replaced with the "Task Force Series".
During that eight year run, Chevrolet trucks were number one in sales in the U.S.
Our lovingly restored example is from late 1949, denoted by the hood side emblems "3100" (1/2 Ton) that designate cargo capacity. The black and red two tone paint perfectly complements the fender and hood "Advance Design Series" sheetmetal. Out back the cargo bed is planked in varnished oak, with black steel rub strips in between. The running boards have been coated with non-skid bedliner material which is both functional, and attractive, not showing any wear or scratches.
The restoration started in 2000, the body was dismantled, removed the engine, and media blasted all the body and frame parts. All blasted surfaces were coated with epoxy primer, straightened all the useable body parts, powder coat all interior engine bay sheetmeal, i.e. inner fenders, radiator frames, etc.
The engine was completely overhauled, hardened valve seats, bored, oversized pistons, and the whole rotating assembly was balanced.
All the running gear was rebuilt, transmission, rear axle, and the brake system was completely overhauled.
When the body was reassembled, a new bed and bed sides was constructed, new tailgate, prime and paint the complete body, powder coat all the interior trim, and replaced all the glass.
The original spec bias ply tires were replaced with radials. Recovered existing seats and door panels with updated material. Added carpeting to the floor, installed directional signals, and gave it an attractive two-tone paint job.
Grab the thick chrome-plated door handle (which feels like it should live on a big walk-in cooler) and give it a twist - the big door opens smoothly, step up on the sturdy running board and have a seat in the nicely restored cab, and nestle in to the plush fabric on the bench seat. The transmission is a 4 speed manual, coupled to the venerable and reliable straight six which fires up right away and settles to a smooth idle as only a six can. Lap belts have been added for safety. There's even a reprint of the original owners manual in the glove compartment.
The dual-pod dashboard instruments are a paradigm of simplicity and 1940's clarity. There's full information available, including gas gauge, ammeter, temperature gauge, and oil pressure gauge. The speedometer reads to 80mph - which is probably plenty fast for this truck, and the odometer is indicating 812 miles, we assume since the restoration was completed.
Please call or email for more information, stop by to see the truck, or arrange a test drive, you won't be disappointed!
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