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1951 Chevrolet 3100

Winning Bid:
$39,000

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1951 Chevrolet 3100

Winning Bid: $39,000 (USD) by: reno

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Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

3JPL5489

Location:

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Odometer:

155 (Mi)

Lot Number:

5333269

Engine:

235ci I6

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

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Vehicle Story

This 1951 Chevrolet 3100 pickup was the recent recipient of a body-off restoration and retains much of its originality with refinished surfaces and equipment with near-factory-specification components. The 5-window truck was manufactured in St. Louis, Missouri, in December 1951 and is powered by a replacement 235ci inline-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. This 3100 has been with the seller for four years and is offered with photos of the restoration process, a cover, and a clear North Carolina title in the seller’s name. 

The professional body-off restoration completed in early 2020 was performed with emphasis on keeping the truck as original as possible. The majority of the body is original, including the hood, fenders, running boards, and box sides, while the chrome bumpers, taillights, and splash guards are replacement items. New oak planks and stainless hardware are featured in the bed, the factory drip rails have been re-chromed, new glass seals added, and the chrome trim around the windows and doors has been polished. 

Chrome-finished aftermarket 15” smooth wheels are mounted to a set of tires with good tread life of unknown age.

The interior is trimmed in reupholstered black vinyl with matching carpet, a new headliner, and the original door panels. While the original AM radio has been removed, the original control buttons remain, as do the throttle and choke controls. The vacuum-driven windshield wipers are operational.

Instrumentation is framed by a 3-spoke steering wheel and consists of a replacement 80-mph speedometer and a combination gauge showing fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. The 5-digit mechanical odometer stopped working at 64k miles, and true mileage is unknown. 

The original engine has been replaced with a 235ci straight-six, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a floor-mounted shifter. The seller reports that a new fuel pump was added at the time of the restoration. 

New springs and kingpins were installed during the restoration. Additional photos showing the underside are available in the gallery.

Photos of the restoration will go with the truck, a cover, and a video collage is available for viewing below.

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Comments & Questions

April 06, 2021
04:59 AM
Seller

@Jarhead – Is the truck 6 volt or 12 volt ? ...

Truck is 12 V. New wiring harness installed with frame off.

April 05, 2021
05:46 AM

Is the truck 6 volt or 12 volt ?

April 03, 2021
02:00 PM
Seller

@Boozebiz – Can you tell me the location of the truck? ...

Pittsboro, North Carolina

April 03, 2021
12:30 PM
Bidder

Can you tell me the location of the truck?

April 03, 2021
11:53 AM
Seller

@Kathleen – Shayne, absolutely no problem with her lack of power steering.....I am a true truck lady... She is what she is. I recently lost my 1934 Ford pickup in a Freak engine fire... I saved for a very long time to acquire her. Heart broken ,,,you bet. But Big Red here, may be just what the doctor ordered for me. Tell me, did you drop that engine in her?? What did you replace the original radio with,,,CD player?? Gas mileage idea??? ☀️ Sunni ...

Some history--The Chevrolet 3100 for that year was originally shipped with the 214 C. I .engine.Along comes the 235 in 1953 and the oiler inside the 235 engine was so superior that everyone was gun-ho to change the engine out. So somewhere along the line, the 214 got swapped with the 235. This engine is so quiet and has tons of power so I am thinking that it does not have many miles as the odometer was broken when I got the truck. When I pulled the AM Radio out and opened it up it was pure powder. completely pulverized with age. So I temporarily took the radio controls to present through the dashboard until I could buy the replica that of course looks just like the original but is AM/FM Bluetooth, etc. If I was keeping the truck that is the next thing I would do. I have many invoices for all the parts I purchased for this frame-off restoration that I can share. I have no idea about the gas mileage however I would bet it is not great. Not an issue back then.

April 03, 2021
08:48 AM

Shayne, an inside or outside video is fine...

April 03, 2021
08:30 AM

Shayne, if I should be the fortunate bidder on the truck, can I contact you for any future information concerning her history of work on her etc.....?? ☀️ Sunni

April 03, 2021
08:24 AM

Shayne, absolutely no problem with her lack of power steering.....I am a true truck lady... She is what she is. I recently lost my 1934 Ford pickup in a Freak engine fire... I saved for a very long time to acquire her. Heart broken ,,,you bet. But Big Red here, may be just what the doctor ordered for me. Tell me, did you drop that engine in her?? What did you replace the original radio with,,,CD player?? Gas mileage idea??? ☀️ Sunni

April 03, 2021
08:14 AM
Seller

@Kathleen – Very, very nice... How many of these restorations have you done...??? I would love to see a video of it being driven. Would you say, this could be an easy keep, low Maintenance for a daily driver,,,for a lady? Thank you for any considerations on this truck The lady ☀️ Sunni ...

I can do a video for you. Would you like a video inside the cab while driving or outside as it comes by? The truck is low maintenance and could be a daily driver. Not to kill my own sale it does not have power steering and it is a 1951 farm truck so steering can be a bit stiff.

April 03, 2021
08:09 AM
Seller

@robertmorris – You done such a very nice job on the the it’s timeless but why didn’t you do some thing to the engine and the compartment to finish it off ...

thanks for the feedback. The engine compartment was done as part of the frame off. The engine itself runs so well that I decided not to do anything with it right now.

April 03, 2021
08:09 AM

Very, very nice... How many of these restorations have you done...??? I would love to see a video of it being driven. Would you say, this could be an easy keep, low Maintenance for a daily driver,,,for a lady? Thank you for any considerations on this truck The lady ☀️ Sunni

April 02, 2021
09:34 PM

You done such a very nice job on the the it’s timeless but why didn’t you do some thing to the engine and the compartment to finish it off

April 01, 2021
08:38 AM
Bidder

very nice .. beautiful restoration .. these very popular trucks will only increase in value if properly maintained & cared for .. a good investment if properly bought.

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