BaT Auction: 1955 Chevrolet 3200 Half-Ton Pickup
This 1955 Chevrolet 3200 pickup is finished in Medium Green and was purchased in a BaT Auction in March 2018 from the previous owner in New Mexico. Power comes from a 235ci inline-six mated to a four-speed manual synchromesh transmission and a later Chevrolet differential with taller gearing. The engine was rebuilt in 1993 and the body was repainted in 2003. Since then, the seller states the truck has been limited to approximately 500 miles per year. Modifications include a relocated 20-gallon fuel tank under the bed floor, Vintage Air air conditioning, a concealed 4-speaker stereo, and a built-in toolbox where the original fuel tank was located. Recent service reportedly included new kingpins and brake master cylinder. Despite recently acquiring the truck, the seller needs to transition to work vehicles after recently purchasing a farm. This truck is now offered with service records since 1993 and a clean Massachusetts title in the seller’s name.
In 2003, the truck was painted in Medium Green during a body-off restoration of the exterior and interior. During the body work, metals panels were reportedly butt-welded together where necessitated and no body filler was used. Chevrolet-branded hubcaps are fitted, as are steel-belted whitewall radial tires.
A walk around video can be seen above. The bed features a sealed wood floor made of ash and stainless steel hardware. The tailgate is equipped with limiter cables instead of the stock chains.
The cabin features green cloth upholstery on the seat faces and white vinyl on the sides. The metal door panels and dash are finished to match. Modifications include a Vintage Air air conditioning system, a modern headunit with hidden speakers in the headliner and kick panels, and custom armrests in the bench seat.
The video above gives a tour of the interior of the truck. Seat belts have been added, along with cup holders and a reclining bench seat. The original floor-mounted starter button is still in place.
Gauges are said to work correctly, except for the fuel gauge. The odometer was reportedly reset when a previous owner rebuilt the drivetrain. 38,358 miles are shown, but true mileage is unknown. The seller has added 900 miles in 6 months of ownership.
The video above shows the 235ci Thriftmaster inline-six which is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with synchromesh. Receipts show the engine was rebuilt in 1993 with bronze valve guide liners and hardened valve seats. A previous owner replaced the rear end with the axle from a 1978 Chevrolet truck, which features a taller final drive. Other modifications include electronic ignition, a modern alternator, a coolant overflow tank, Fenton exhaust headers, and a shrouded six-bladed radiator fan. Receipts from 1993 to 1997 show the previous owner spent over $17k on drivetrain and frame work.
The 20 gallon fuel tank has been relocated under the bed and a new brake master cylinder has been installed. In May of 2018, the seller replaced the kingpins, aligned the suspension, replaced all fluids and greased all fittings. Several photos of the underside of the truck can be seen in the gallery.
Included are several shop manuals and a three-ring-binder with receipts detailing restoration, upkeep, and maintenance going back to 1993. A drive-by video can be seen below.
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