August 31, 2020
The hot Texas sun hasn’t been kind to the paintjob on this 1954 Chevy 3100 half-ton pickup. Odds are though, that under that rust-colored patina is some solid metal. The 3100 didn’t come with a lot of standard equipment — I imagine many of today’s pickup shoppers would have apoplexy if confronted with one of these things. The equipment Chevy felt was important enough to brag about in the brochure included: clutch 10” diameter • tires, 6.00, 6-ply rating • three-speed synchro-mesh transmission • steering column gearshift • direct double-acting shock absorbers, front and rear • foot-operated parking brake • Thriftmaster 235 engine • 45-amp generator • front bumper. Excited yet? For those buyers who were really handy, there was always the version seen here in the bottom photo, Lol. Saw this RealRide back in 2012 in Killeen, Texas.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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