Forester Green
Black
235 I6
3 Speed Manual
  • Era-correct 235 cubic inch Thriftmaster 6-cylinder
  • Era-correct 3-speed manual transmission
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Forester Green on Jet Black paint
  • Equipped with a heater
  • Fresh frame-off restoration

SUMMARY

* Frame-off restored in 2014
* Era-correct 235 cubic inch Thriftmaster 6-cylinder
* Era-correct 3-speed manual transmission
* Equipped with a heater
* Restored to an era-correct appearance

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The vast majority of classic trucks that attend magazine shoots and national shows sport lists of modifications that are longer than the third volume of War and Peace. But, while those extensively customized rigs are always cool to look at, this 1952 Chevrolet 3100 manages to carry the same level of appeal without any major gimmicks. That's because, as we've stated numerous times, old school pickups are timeless slices of Americana that'll likely never go out of style. The recipient of a professional, frame-off restoration, this Chevy exhibits a level of quality that was simply unobtainable on 1940s assembly lines. Pairing a 235 cubic inch 6-cylinder with a 3-speed manual transmission and striking Forester Green on Jet Black paint, it's sure to turn heads. And, if you're in the market for some sweet collector metal that can be driven, shown and fully enjoyed, it's exactly the ride you've been looking for!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Fresh out of the restoration shop, this mint Chevy has been meticulously rebuilt to preserve all the innate appeal of GM's popular Advance Design aesthetic. The truck's expressive body panels have been bathed in a rich coat of Jet Black and Forester Green 2-stage. And details like a chrome mirror, body-matched vent visors, painted tailgate lettering and polished taillights highlight the builder's impressive attention to detail.

ENGINE

Hoist the pickup's domed hood and you'll find a 235 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder that wears an era-correct “LAQ” assembly stamp. Introduced for use in large platforms, and regarded as one of the all-time great Chevrolet powerplants, the Thriftmaster is a favorite among vintage GM truck buyers because of its simple design, adequate power and excellent durability. A petite Rochester carburetor and old school oil bath air cleaner combine with a tagged Delco-Remy starter, a tagged Delco-Remy generator, a beefy radiator and fresh Belden plug wires to keep the engine clean and functional. And items like satin fenders, a glossy horn, bold “Thriftmaster” lettering, a body-matched oil canister and traditional gray skin ensure the mill is very impressive to look at.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Crawling under this classy bowtie reveals a clean frame and straight floorpans that have been coated in a nice layer of Satin Black paint. Power is put to the ground through a traditional 3-speed transmission, which is tied to a driver friendly rear end. Correct leaf springs and drum brakes occupy all four corners of this chassis, mixing rugged road prowess with firm and solid stops. A single-pipe exhaust system, which is wired to a large muffler, runs the whole length of the truck. And everything rolls on familiar steel wheels, which turn 6.00-16 Atlas wide whitewalls around green paint, chrome trim and hand-painted, “CHEVROLET” branded hubcaps.

INTERIOR

When you pop this pickup's doors, you'll find an Anvil Gray cockpit that's full of utilitarian charm. A black bench seat complements black door panels, a black headliner and a black floor mat. A “CHEVROLET” branded steering wheel spins around fully restored gauges. And warm heat and a modern 12-volt accessory outlet make country drives a little more civilized.

If you're looking for a unique classic that mixes a professional restoration with unmatched style and unparalleled fun, this truck deserves your full attention. It's spectacular from every angle. It plays to nostalgia and Americana that everyone can appreciate. And it's a highly drivable piece that actually FEELS like vintage hardware. So, what are you waiting for? Grab the phone, park this Chevy in your garage and get ready for years of carefree cruising!

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