1946 Chevrolet Pickup
The Chevrolet AK Series truck was a light duty truck sold under the
Chevrolet brand, with production beginning in 1941 until 1947. It
used the GM A platform, shared with the Chevrolet Deluxe. The AK
series was also branded and sold at GMC locations, with the primary
visual difference being the Chevrolet had vertical bars in the
grille, while the GMC had horizontal bars. The 1941-45 GMC models
were sold as C-Series and became the E-Series for the 1946 and 1947
model years (CC-Series / EC-Series for the conventional cab models
and CF-Series / EF-Series for the COE ones).
A carry over design from pre-WWII known as the Interim Series,
restored in 2008 and still showing well reflecting the quality of
the work performed this truck with a stunning color combination,
straight steel, and eye-catching chrome grille, this truck is more
comfortable taking you to the local country club, than hauling hay
to the barn.
With red cab, hood and bed sides and contrasting black fenders,
running boards and large headlights, fronted by a fascinating
nickel plated chrome horizontal and vertical bar integrated grille,
this truck drips with 1940's design. Chrome and trim are all
beautiful and nearly better than new from the factory. Matching
body color red wheels are adorned with Chevrolet logo moon style
polished chrome hubcaps, and black sidewall tires. A newly
installed wonderfully stained oak wood bed is noted and none of it
has a mark on it. A shiny chrome rear bumper, also nickel plated,
provides the backdrop for the rear of this hauler. Hanging proudly
above is an embossed Chevrolet tailgate and to either side we see
small taillights sitting on top of black stalks.
Body matching red metal sprays the metal door panels, and dash.
Surrounded by highly polished chrome, a white background
rectangular form houses the simple red numbered gauge cluster in
front of the huge black steering wheel. A few coffee colored
bakelite knobs are seen within the dash. Providing room for 3 is an
upgraded tuck and roll black vinyl seat that follows the body color
motif and incorporates red stripes on both the driver's and
passenger's cushions. A black cardboard headliner, and sprayed red
panels make up the interior roof and rear wall of the cab.
Utilitarian rubber in black covers the floors.
Opening either side of the center hinged hood, we can see a
perfectly restored in blue 216ci inline 6-cylinder popper with a
1-barrel carburetor lurking under an oil bath air cleaner. A
3-speed manual transmission is attached to the rear of the I6 and a
rear axle weighing in with a 3.54 ratio carries this Interim Series
down the road. All wonderfully restored and looking just as good as
the day it was delivered to its 1st owner.
Due to the restoration quality, there are absolutely no faults to
remark about underneath, just minor road dirt. The strong black
frame provides the backbone for the black painted suspension, which
is a leaf spring set up for both the front and rear. The black
continues with solid flooring, running boards and we see the same
quality of staining work performed on the underside bed boards as
seen above. Drum brakes give us the stopping power on all 4 corners
and a single stock style exhaust system handles spent fossil
A fine and nicely preserved working truck is always a pleasure to
drive, as it has a certain charm that cannot be replicated by any
new vehicle and that always brings a smile to my face. This truck
did not disappoint on the performance front with smooth
acceleration, good easy shifting, and it got me down the road,
however, during braking we did note a hard pull to the right. All
functions were in working order save for the horn not tooting.
A vintage beautifully designed pickup, in close to Concours
condition, near perfect paint, an overall great restoration, has
literally made a silk purse out of a sow's ear. "With a cluck cluck
here and a moo moo there" I'll see you at the country club! It is
now ready for "pickup" at the Classic Auto Mall.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.