Hard Work Done: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Three Window Hot Rod – SOLD!
If you find yourself wanting a vintage Chevrolet Advance Design pickup to do a custom build but both your skill set and tools remain limited, one possible candidate might be this 1954 Chevrolet Three Window 3100 Patina look Hot Rod originally listed on Craigslist during the summer of 2020 in Churchville, New York (Rochester) where the current caretaker is asking $18,500. Using a stock example as a proxy in the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his 3100 priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $19,700 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $11,600.
Here’s the Hagerty Insurance Assessment of Chevrolet 3100 Advance Design Pickup:
“In 1925, Ford was the first of the Big Three to enter the pickup market, but it was Chevrolet that stood tall as Detroit’s top truck-seller by the time of World War II. Chevy resumed civilian truck production in August 1945, and really got back to business in May 1947 with its new “Advance Design” pickups. Wider, longer and lower than the prewar leftovers marketed in 1946, the Advance Design models looked thoroughly modern and featured an equally modern “alligator” hood hinged at the rear. Beneath that gator was Chevy’s proven 216-cid “Stovebolt” six-cylinder.
There were few changes as the Advance Design trucks rolled into the 1950s, but Chevy continued to sell more trucks than all rivals—even with Ford’s new F-series models on the market after 1948. Notable updates included vent windows being added to the doors in 1951, and a restyled grille and trendy one-piece windshield appearing in 1954. That same year a much improved 235-cid six-cylinder was installed and an optional automatic transmission was introduced. Advance Design production continued briefly into 1955 before the era came to a close and Chevy’s new “Task Force” trucks were launched, and these last-run Advance Design models carried some Task Force features—accordingly, they are highly prized by collectors today.
Powertrain swaps beyond the vastly superior 1953 and newer full-pressure lubrication 235-cid six are a big leap of faith and generally not a simple parts swap due to torque tube architecture for the powertrain and suspension on all but the early 1955s. However, due to the 3100’s popularity for both stock restorations and street rod conversions, restorations require little more than a title and a credit card. Frames and all sheet metal—including the cabs—are available as reproductions.“
As the private seller (and we assume builder) of this truck indicates, this is the perfect candidate for you to enjoy now and then add your own custom touches as time and budget permit. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1954 3100 1/2 ton pickup- patina look
strong 350 v8 automatic- dual exhaust
rebuilt turbo 350 tranny with new torque converter
truck has been totally rewired and many new parts
new drive shaft, king pins, harmonic balancer, water pump, electric fan, dolphin gages, front windshield and gasket, complete brake system rebuilt. New emergency brake cables, new wiper motor and switch,
new heater core/ switch/ blower motor, glove box, headliner, dome light, sending unit in gas tank, new ignition switch.
All lights and gages work
all tuned up – oil and filter- excellent tires-
ready to go!!
Drive it as is or take it to the next level…all the hard work is done!
Consider trade for 1930-1934 hotrod coupe
call 585-831-1343 ( prefer calls) price: $18,500
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