First posted two weeks ago and just updated the other day is this 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Napco-Converted 4×4 project we found here on Craigslist in Abington, Pennsylvania where the private seller is currently asking $13,000. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the current caretaker has his truck priced $3,900 below the #4 “Fair” (considered Daily Driver) level of $16,900.
Chevrolet launched its redesigned Task Force line of trucks alongside its new full-size car lineup for 1955 to replace the previous Advance line. The new trucks carried similar styling cures to its passenger car counterparts, most notably a wrap-around windshield that was a truck industry first. Power steering and power brakes became available for the first time these trucks that also featured an upgraded 12 volt electrical system. Chevrolet did not offer factory four wheel drive versions of their truck at this time. If a customer wanted four wheel drive, they ordered their truck at through their local dealer and Chevrolet send it to a company called “NAPCO” (short for Northwestern Auto Parts Company) who would then install their “Powr-Pak” four wheel driver conversion prior to delivering their converted pickup to the new owner. Chevrolet continued this practice through model year 1960 when the company launched its new line of K-Series factory 4×4 trucks.
The private seller of this truck reports it has been sitting for the past ten years and while it drives and stops, it will need what he describes as “a good all around service” to make it road worthy again. This truck features a 327 cubic inch small block V8 connected to a four speed manual transmission. You’ll need to interview the seller to confirm what powerplant this truck was originally equipped with. The seller reports only 13,800 miles on this truck, but you’ll need to verify whether that’s a typo, although we’re quick to admit the solid undercarriage might support if the peeling paint on the exterior does not. Overall, this truck appears to have great bones to make a cool off roader that will stand out from the typical crowd. Good luck with the purchase!