Some pickups are just too good-looking to use for work, and this
1959 Chevrolet 3100 Big Window pickup is one of them. It only takes
a quick glance to know this truck is no beater, and with a
high-impact paint job and comfortable stock interior, it's one of
the cleaner restorations you'll find for sale at this price point.
The quality of workmanship is ample proof that this truck was built
to be driven and enjoyed for years to come, and the 350 V8 under
the hood should do exactly that.
Choosing the correct exterior color is one of the most important
decisions in any project. The lustrous turquoise finish seen here
is the perfect complement to the body style of the late '50s step
side Chevy short bed. Truly, it would be hard to imagine a color
that accentuates these boldly classic contours any better. While it
isn't museum-quality, this is a solid driver-grade paint job that
would acquit itself well at local shows and cruise-ins. This 3100
is adorned with shiny bright chrome bumpers and grille to give it a
much more upscale look than the basic work truck version of the '59
Chevy. The wooden slats in the bed show off a nice patina, stained
and cleared long ago, and the remnants of that stain give the wood
a driftwood look that really matches the Caribbean color of the
exterior paint. The doors, tailgate and hood open and close quietly
and easily, further proof that this truck has never been abused.
From bumper-to-bumper, all of the gaps in the bodywork are uniform
and consistent, and the big back window gives the truck's cabin a
cool fish-bowl look. A set of white-letter Michelin 31x10.5x15
radials on 5-spoke Rally rims top off this little hauler's
breathtaking appearance. This might be a half-ton pickup, but it
easily carries two tons of eye appeal.
One of the really cool things about this restoration is the fact
that there is no weak link in the entire project. The interior
looks every bit as good as the outside. The metal parts of the door
panels are painted black, and the rest of the cab and dash are
painted turquoise to match the exterior finish. Meanwhile the plush
original-style bench seat has been covered in rich black vinyl
upholstery. For convenience, a 2-spoke steering wheel perpetuates
that '50s look, an upholstered headliner lies above, and plush
black carpets cover the floors and provide great insulation.
There's a factory instrument cluster ahead of the driver, along
with an older AM/FM radio that could stand to be upgraded. Simple
yet refined, you'll find the perfect balance of beauty and comfort
within the spacious cab of this 3100 pickup.
Step outside and raise the hood. You'll find an engine compartment
that is clean, with just enough chrome to dress it up a little.
Anchoring the drivetrain is the gold standard 350 small block
engine and a 4-speed TH200-4R automatic transmission with
overdrive, both of which provide good power and long dependability.
A few enhancements like a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock
performance intake and long-tube headers add a little more pep to a
motor that was plenty stout to begin with. Punch the gas one time,
and you'll see just how responsive this engine is. She'll break the
tires loose at the drop of a hat, or cruise at higher speed without
issue. Underneath everything is very solid and mostly stock, with
upgraded shocks at each corner and a heavy-duty 10-bolt read end
handling all the extra power with ease. It's a tried-and-true
package that makes this 3100 hit the road as straight as an arrow
and hug the curves like a turnpike cruiser.
Vintage Chevrolet pickup trucks from the 1950s have long been
favorites among both casual enthusiasts and diehard collectors.
Here's one with power, prowess, and poise. All this '59 3100 needs
is a new owner. It could be you, Call today!