1950 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup - $27,900
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The finish is appropriate for a truck—not perfect but perfectly presentably—and these trucks always look great in basic black.

Clean southern truck. Good body, floors, cab corners. Smooth running 235 cubic inch inline-6 from a later vehicle. 12-volt electrical system with alternator. New interior, upgraded steering wheel, new tires, fresh chrome. Cool vintage Chevy ready to work or play.

Vintage pickup trucks are always a lot of fun—practical when you need a little work done yet welcome at almost any car show you’d care to attend. And few are hotter right now than Chevy’s Advance Design models. Built from 1948-1954, they have a smooth 1940s look, an honest sensibility, and bulletproof reliability. GM was starting to realize that pickups were more than tools for farmers, they were becoming transportation for a lot of Americans looking to do a little work on the side, and the first all-new post-war design nailed a perfect balance of work and comfort. The styling is simple but instantly recognizable, with the horizontal grille and rounded fenders, and the look has aged exceptionally well. This particular truck has apparently lived most of its life down south, so rust isn’t really an issue and the bodywork shows few signs of significant trauma or patchwork. Of note, the doors fit well, the cab corners are excellent, and aside from a little wrinkle on the right front fender, it wears the black paint quite well. The finish is appropriate for a truck—not perfect but perfectly presentably—and these trucks always look great in basic black. The chrome grille and bumpers are recent so they really sparkle and the bed is outfitted with beautiful stained oak planks that really dress things up. No frills, but solid and ready to have fun.

The interior has been nicely dressed with a fresh brown vinyl seat cover that’s pleated to add a little bit of an upscale look. There are black carpets on the floor, an upgrade over the original rubber mat and someone has thoughtfully added a heel pad for durability. The original steering column now wears a wood-rimmed wheel that’s a bit smaller than the original, but the truck remains easy to handle on the roll. Aftermarket turn signals are a smart addition and since this is a 3600, it has a 4-speed manual transmission on the floor instead of the 3-on-the-tree of the 3100. Big, round gauges keep an eye on the engine’s vitals and they all work except the fuel gauge, which is likely due to the 12-volt conversion. There is no radio—they were still optional in 1950—but there is an under-dash heater unit that might come in handy on cooler nights. You’ll probably find it easy to get comfortable here.

The engine is a desirable 235 cubic inch inline-6 from a later Chevrolet, and with it comes full pressure oiling, insert rods, and a number of other notable upgrades for reliability. It’s nicely dressed in corporate gray engine enamel and still inhales through the original air cleaner and single-barrel carburetor. With the electrical system upgrades you also get a new wiring harness, faster starting, and a stronger spark, so it lights off quickly and easily with just a little choke. And these sixes are legendary for both their smoothness and their durability—you can barely feel it running. Other neat details include tower hose clamps, an accessory oil filter, and a remote reservoir for the upgraded dual master cylinder under the floor. The 4-speed shifts neatly with easy clutch action, and you’ll probably find that you don’t really need first gear except for really slow going—just start off in second and it’ll be perfectly happy. It cruises easily at 45-50 MPH without much effort, making a nice 6-cylinder grumble from the single exhaust. Look around underneath and you’ll also find new brake components, modern tube shocks that really improve the ride, and solid sheetmetal for the cab. Bright red wheels add some flash against the gloss black bodywork and it wears 215/75/15 radials that have less than 100 miles on them.

This is not a perfect truck, but it’s a lot of fun, reasonably priced, and very attractive inside and out. If you’ve been looking for an Advance Design pickup that’s the right combination of affordable, clean, and usable, this might just be it. Take a closer look then give us a call!

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Vehicle: 1950 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup
Price: $27,900
Stock Number: 119013
Odometer Reading: 8565
VIN: 21HPA2760
Engine: 235 cubic inch inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.0999999999999996
Wheelbase: 125 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels
Tires: 215/75/15 blackwall radials
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Brown leatherette
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