This incredible survivor presses every car guy button I have – it’s old, it’s driveable, it looks great, it has a great story with documented history, an owner who gets it, and best of all, a reasonable asking price. On top of all that, the ad is (was) well written, evocative and the owner took some very good pictures.This is a very unusual 3/4 ton beast, not often seen even when fairly new. This beautiful survivor came from a Massachusetts farm, was purchased by the current owner at auction after the farmer’s death, and carefully updated and restored without destroying its originality. Since this truck was well used, there are likely some non-original features included. The current owner redid the brakes, added a period wiring harness and turn signals.
My favorite line from the Craigslist ad: “If you want a truck to restore – find another one – I will not sell it to anyone with plans other than to keep original…” I owned a 1939 3/4 ton Dodge pick up around 1971-72. It was a lot of fun and probably a lot like this Chevy, but just remember, it drives, well, like a truck. Plan to get some exercise for your arms and shoulders when you muscle this truck into a parking lot to show off the new addition to your stable – unless I get there first.
I love seeing the original owner’s name on the doors. The owner was asking $12,000 – I wish I had the garage space for it, I would have gone there to buy it. It was listed here on craigslist in New Haven, Connecticut and has already been deleted so probably was sold. I do hope this went to someone who will love it and show it to as many people as possible, as the owner said in the ad, it’s a great piece of Americana. I wish that new owner could have been me. This seems like one of the best old trucks I have seen in a long time for originality and just pure American truck-ness.